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    Posted: Mar/31/2010 at 5:28pm

Board:  2011 Artifact Rocker 147

Conditions: 20-40F, granular, icy, hardpack

Stance: 23”                                                                 

Bindings: Rome Boss 390’s, with 3.5deg cant

Me: 5'7" 140-145lbs

Day 1-2: Stowe

Started out the day on some icy hard packed groomers.  The board doesn’t excel all mountain, but that’s not really it’s purpose.  I wouldn’t take the board into pow, but there wasn’t any to be found anyway.

When I got the chance I took the board through the park.  I was really impressed with how well the board goes from boxes to jumps.  Seemed to excel in both areas.  I expected the board to be a little sloppy on the jumps (about 20-30ft) but it handled great, even when I came up short on one and overshot another.  I give credit on the tip and tail pop to the glass reverse v-stringer tech.  I liked the fact that the board has pop but still butters.

As I got a little more use to the board on the icy conditions I trusted the edges a lot more and was not disappointed.  The board can turn the whole mountain into a playground if you let it. 

 overall:  I would recommend this board to someone who treats the whole mountain as a park.  Not looking to bomb runs everywhere but looking to just have fun.  It will carve great but doesn’t have the pop in and out of the turns like some of the other boards in their lineup.  I would gladly take this as my everyday board.  I like the tip and tail pop and the torsional flex makes the board buttery fun.  I had never ridden an Artifact before and now I am sad that I haven’t.   This board ranks in my top 5 for park boards that I have tried out…a couple more days on it and it might start pushing for number 1.

Quick Response Bindings:

Boss 390’s with 3.5deg CANT:

These bindings were impressive.  I do like the cant and the straps are simple yet effective.  The Asym highbacks didn’t stand out to me,  but the adjustability of these bindings did.  There really isn’t much that you can’t adjust on them.  The biggest drawback, expect to spend a good 30-45 minutes setting these up the first time and a good 20min each setup change.  Trust me, it’s worth it.  

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/31/2010 at 5:40pm
Sick review, pretty small board for your specs, so good to hear it still held up well on jumps.

Do the Romes only come with 3.5mm cants? Any more mellow or aggressive cants?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/31/2010 at 5:46pm
for a jib board, that's not small.

the Boss 390's come with 0deg, 2deg, and 3.5deg cant

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/31/2010 at 6:02pm
cant wait for the 390 boss. 2 pairs on my list.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/31/2010 at 7:52pm
Nice review, I like rome boards
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/01/2010 at 11:08am
The only thing i disagree with Joel is your opinion that is doesn't excel all-mtn. I rode the 53 at WP and had no issue straight lining and carving.

As for you never ridding the Artifact before and the 390 Boss', im just gonna say i told you so...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/01/2010 at 12:13pm
i said nothing about straight lining and carving.  No POW for this board, and I would venture to say WP was a lot different conditions than Stowe, but maybe not.
 
I'll give you credit on the 390's, but not the artifact.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/02/2010 at 8:33am
True, but i consider straight lining and carving part of all-mtn riding.

I think with the rocker the board would actually be fun in powder as long as you don't size down alot. Although it is a park board so why not size down.

What did you not like about the Artifact Rocker?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/05/2010 at 4:06am

carving and straight lining are part of all mtn.  If you pay attention Wink I said I wouldn't take it out for a powder day. 

I liked the board, never said I didn't.  Not sure how you got that in any way out of my review.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/17/2010 at 8:46am
my friend has a 2009 147 rome artifact 1985 and he ride it in the powder all the time and hes 6 foot and he say its not that bad
and im looking for a jib park street board would a 150 artifact 1985 with 390 boss be the best setup
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/17/2010 at 8:58am
thanks for the review. i have been lookin at the artifact for while. might just have to get it for this next season
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/17/2010 at 4:21pm
I'm glad i read this review because i wasn't sure whether or not to get the rocker version or not because i was worried it wouldnt handle the jumps well enough
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/17/2010 at 4:26pm
Originally posted by probo

I'm glad i read this review because i wasn't sure whether or not to get the rocker version or not because i was worried it wouldnt handle the jumps well enough
you still dont know whether or not you will like it.

also, you are the one handling jumps, not your board.
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