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For the boarder on a budget.

Do you want a board that crushes inside the park and out, and won't completely drain your bank account? Does your definition of 'park features' include rails, boxes, logs, pillows, wall hits, bonks, boulders, cliffs, and ski-patrol huts? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then the Rome Garage Rocker Snowboard will fuel your all-mountain freestyle fetish.

A FreePop rocker profile and playful flex mean the Garage Rocker locks into presses and helps you spin out of not-quite-stomped tricks without robbing you of the pop you need to clear slow signs and float stylish methods. The guys at Rome laid up the Garage Rocker with tried-and-true wood laid tip-to-tail. Two zones of lightweight wood team up with poplar for smooth, predictable flex and loads of pop. Then they added Bambooster bamboos rods at the tip and tail to stiffen them up a bit and add more pop without using environmentally-harmful materials. The QuickRip sidecut makes the board ride loose at slow speeds for playing around in the park and ride more aggressively at speed for a powerful feel.

  • Mostly flat profile with rocker at tip and tail
  • True twin shape
  • QuickRip sidecut
  • StraightBiax carbon laminate
  • Glass Reverse V stringers
  • Bambooster bamboo rods
  • TTT Core Matrix wood core
  • Basalt impact plates
  • XTRD extruded base

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4 5

Perfect Camber Profile

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I love the combination of camber and flex that this board offers. The flat spot between the feet forms a long platform where there are a lot of ways to make it balance out, with a little rocker at the tip and tail to make presses easy and really float you through the powder.

This was my first board that used a new-age sidecut like the "QuickRip", and it takes some getting used to. Sometimes when trying to hold an edge and go straight, I would wind up pushing too hard, and when you engage the ripples they can really bite in and kill your speed. After a few runs I got the touch of it, but overall I don't think that the QuickRip adds anything that much better than a traditional sidecut. I could go either way.

It seems pretty durable so far. To be fair I rode it one day, but I've had pricier boards that were in worse shape after a similar level of abuse. I'm thinking of picking up another one, because all of my decks seem to eventually find that tragic stump/rock in the deep snow.

4 5

A little wide for my tiny feet!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought this board to try out a different camber, and I really like it, it's just hard for me to turn using it because I'm used to a women's board that is more narrow and sized for my small feet. Rides smooth, and it will be super fun for when I need float in the powder, but I don't think this will be an every day board for me personally.

2 5

RIDES OKAY BUT LACKS DURABILITY

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second garage rocker as I was sent this one as a replacement after the first one fell apart after only a month of riding. The first time you ride it, expect the topsheet to start peeling off. The core is extremely weak and if you ride it even somewhat hard cracks will form until it is basically the most expensive firewood you have ever purchased. It is super buttery and has some pop although as the board is used it becomes more flexible and loses some of that springing action. If it holds together is a good jib board but I don't recommend it for big jumps or big spins.

5 5

All-Mountain Freestyle to a T

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had too much fun on this board. I loved the soft flex but didn't feel like it lacked any stability thanks to the long flat spot of the FreePop camber with QuickRip sidecut. Plus the combo of the Glass Reverse V stringers and Bambooster rods gave it plenty of pop onto rails and off jumps. I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for a sick all-around board without breaking the bank!

3 5

Affordable Jibstick

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While it was near impossible to catch an edge, that also proved true when you really wanted to make a hard turn, it was a bit difficult to maintain a solid carve on anything that was hard, but once up to a good speed, it definitely improved which i found surprising, but a testament to the "quick-rip". It was pretty soft and quite easy to butter and had a fair amount of pop to it as well. it was really fun in terms of buttering on rails, very forgiving when landing a bit off the fall-line coming off a jump.
I found it tough to grab an edge unless you got up to speed to engage the entire sidecut including the quickrip. Once you link a few good turns, it actually transitions edge to edge quite well and the flex of the board made it really easy to pop a high speed 180 on the groom and grab your edge back quick. It wasnt overly stable at high speeds, perhaps its simply the lack of camber to give you that locked in feeling. It was really soft and playful, true twin so switch was no problem. It felt pretty decent on a rail, no issues with edges grabbing (i did NOT detune it) when 50-50. The extruded base worried me a bit, but after 10 days, other than a few scratches that arent deep enough to see post-wax, no damage!