Brad Gobdel

Brad Gobdel

I live in Denver and mainly ride Loveland and Vail

Brad Gobdel's Passions

Snowboarding
Biking

Brad Gobdel's Bio

Current set up:
Rome Mod Rocker 159
Rome 390 Boss Binding
Rome Bodega Boot
Von Zipper Fishbowl or El Kabong Goggles
Rome Index gloves
Airhole Facemasks

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Brad Gobdel

Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on December 15, 2014

5 5

A lot of people throw around the "one board quiver" title, but the Crossrocket is the real deal. I've ridden the 158 and the 161 and they are both a blast to ride. Camber between the feet for a predictable/stable ride, then the rolled up contact points keep the board loose and floaty in deeper snow. I rode the 158 at Loveland last season on the best testing day ever. Crushed groomers in the morning, then got on the Ridge Snowcat when it opened at 11am and rode 18 inches of new snow. I was worried the Crossrocket wouldn't have the float I needed, but I was so wrong. After the first turn I knew the Crossrocket had my back.

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Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on December 8, 2014

5 5

Fit: True to size

I got this jacket a few weeks again and have about 8 days on it. I love the cut and style of this jacket. Not too baggy, but long enough to cover your butt. You can't really tell from the photo, but the black patched on the shoulders of the Burgundy color are corduroy and it looks soooo good. The insulation isn't bulky at all. Just keeps you warm and dry on cold days.

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Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on November 24, 2014

5 5

This colorway is limited to only about 200 bindings in the US....once they are gone they are gone.

The Katana simply blows away all other bindings at the same price point. It is about 30% lighter than the Targa, but it doesn't sacrifice durability for weight. This binding is one of the most responsive and comfortable bindings I've ever ridden. The D30 Foam on the baseplate offers up a smooth ride in the bumpiest conditions and the pivot mount straps are like nothing I've used before. You can adjust the angles of the straps to a more aggressive upper position for more control, or you can lower them for more lateral flex. Such a cool option.
After riding these a few times I had to put my old 390 Bosses out to pasture.

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Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on November 24, 2014

5 5

The Katana simply blows away all other bindings at the same price point. It is about 30% lighter than the Targa, but it doesn't sacrifice durability for weight. This binding is one of the most responsive and comfortable bindings I've ever ridden. The D30 Foam on the baseplate offers up a smooth ride in the bumpiest conditions and the pivot mount straps are like nothing I've used before. You can adjust the angles of the straps to a more aggressive upper position for more control, or you can lower them for more lateral flex. Such a cool option.
After riding these a few times I had to put my old 390 Bosses out to pasture.

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Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on November 24, 2014

5 5

This is one of the more comfortable boots I've ever tested. The new Rome Guide packs a ton of features into a great fitting package. This boot is designed for the rider that charges the entire mountain and isn't afraid to hike for the goods in the backcountry. The Guide features the easy to use Boa system to keep the liner snug and marries it to a leather lace-up liner. The Vibram outsole is billy-goat grippy and durable. Overall, this boot will take on anything you throw at it.

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Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on November 24, 2014

5 5

I rode this boot towards the tail end of last season and was very pleased with the fit. For under $250 this boot has amazing comfort and looks killer. The materials feel rich and the boot is very comfortable.

The first thing I noticed was the snug heel pocket. Rome's Skate Cuff really held my heal down, but still allowed for a great range of motion.

My go-to boot is a Rome Libertine, and the Bodega felt a little more flexible, but still stable enough to ride for many seasons to come.If you are looking for a great looking boot that is comfy and not too flexible then this is it.

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Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on November 11, 2014

5 5

I've had the Beats Pill for about a year and thought it sounded good until I got a Boombotix Rex. The Rex sounds better than the Pill and is way, way louder. For how good it sounds, I can't believe it is only $60. Since it is weatherproof I don't really have to worry about dropping it. I was always so careful with the Beats that I would forget to take it with me on trips or camping.
Right when I got it, I clipped it to my pocket and took my dog for a long walk. The clip was super solid and I barely even noticed I was wearing it after a few minutes.
It is super rugged and portable and I can't wait to test it out with my bike (I bought the bike mount as well.) Overall, I am very happy with my new little speaker.

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Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on October 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is simply the best binding I've ever owned. There are no gimmicks or wacky tech. Just a super solid binding that has tons of adjustability and feels great right out of the box. The straps are amazing. I barely even feel them when on my foot. The beauty of the 390 boss is the aluminum heel cup matched with the plastic baseplate. The aluminum gives you tremendous energy transfer and the baseplate gives you great board feel. The best of both worlds. On top of a great fit and function Rome now offers a LIFETIME Warranty on the entire binding. Not just the baseplates...everything.

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Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on October 22, 2014

5 5

There is a reason the Artifact rocker has been in the Rome line for so long....it one of the best park/rail boards out there. This year the Artifact Rocker has a great new tip and tail shape to help reduce swing weight and some new tech in the Rebound Sidewalls. The rebound sidewall is an elastic material that helps absorb impact on rails and concrete...the stuff is amazing. Mix that with the Impact base, and Impact edges and you have a solid rail and street board.

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Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on October 22, 2014

5 5

There is a reason the Artifact Rocker has been in the Rome line for so long....it one of the best park/rail boards out there. This year the Artifact Rocker has a great new tip and tail shape to help reduce swing weight and some new tech in the Rebound Sidewalls. The rebound sidewall is an elastic material that helps absorb impact on rails and concrete...the stuff is amazing. Mix that with the Impact base, and Impact edges and you have a solid rail and street board.

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Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on October 22, 2014

5 5

This fun, soft cambered board is the choice of all the street rail pros on the Rome team. This year the Artifact has a great new tip and tail shape to help reduce swing weight and some new tech in the Rebound Sidewalls. The rebound sidewall is an elastic material that helps absorb impact on rails and concrete...the stuff is amazing. Mix that with the Impact base, and Impact edges and you have a solid rail and street board.

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Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on October 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Anthem is the best of what I call a traditional snowboard. It is a lightweight and powerful cambered board. If you are looking to rip down steep lines and leave your friends behind, then this is the board for you. It is a hard charging machine that eats up everything it its path. It can also be very nimble when you need it to be and make quick turns in tight spots. Overall, the Anthem is an outstanding all mountain snowboard.

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Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on October 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Let me start by saying that I was in love with my old Mod Rocker, and didn't think it could be any better. But I am the first to admit, that I was wrong. The mad scientists at Rome somehow made my favorite board of all time, even better. I started riding this newly shaped Mod Rocker back in January and never looked back. The new shape with a longer flat zone just felt so right in all conditions. No joke. Hardpack- Killed it. Powder- effortless float. Jumps- tons of landing gear. I'll be the first to admit that I am not blessed with the gift of pop, but these new Turbo Rods had my back in a big way. I can't say enough about this new Mod Rocker other than it is the best all around snowboard I've ever ridden...again.

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Brad Gobdel wrote a review of on October 1, 2014

5 5

I finally got around to putting together my split set up last spring and am kicking myself for not doing it sooner. I paired the Rome Whiteroom with the Sparks Magneto bindings and couldn't be happier. The Whiteroom felt effortless right away. Having never ridden a split board before, I wasn't sure what to expect, but the Whiteroom was incredibly fun to ride. The Powder S profile of the board handled insanely well on spring snow and I can only imagine it in powder. The board was very powerful and poppy, yet very nimble and fun at the same time. If you are looking for an all mountain splitboard....I think you've found it.

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