- Price: £350 / $400
- Category: Park/Jib
- Ability Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Size: 147, 150, 152W, 153, 155W, 156
- Flex: 4/10
- Shape: True Twin
- Base: Sintered
- BUY DIRECT FROM ROME
Why we chose the Rome Artifact Snowboard: Redesigned and re-igniting everybody’s stoke on park riding.
Rome have completely redesigned and rebuilt their boards, boots and bindings collection from the ground up for 2021. A pretty bold move, for sure (we’re picturing some late nights and Pepe Silvia moments), but it looks to have massively paid off. This season’s snowboard lineup is stacked with newcomers, as well as some reimagined classics. The Artifact maybe encapsulates this best of all. Their original park board gets a complete facelift and stomps right in to claim the Whitelines Choice top spot as the best freestyle snowboard of the year. Pure. Park. Perfection.
A true twin shape will always be the go-to profile for a dedicated freestyle deck, and that’s what the Artifact has gone for here. Switch, regs, backwards, forwards, hardways, easyways, upside down, right way up, the Artifact feels completely balanced on the ground and in the air. Granted, you’ll lose the all-mountain versatility that a longer nose, stiffer tail, or taper that a directional twin offers, but the Artifact isn’t chasing those kinds of highs. This one’s all about floating through the air, not the powder.
“Pure. Park. Perfection.”
There’s also Rome’s Stay Positive full length, tip to tail camber. That’s something that’s surprisingly less common in park boards these days, with many brands opting for some form of hybrid camber or 3D profile in the nose or tail. You can’t argue with the classic bend, though. Sure, it may come with a few less ‘get out of jail free cards’ around the contact points, but in terms of getting the best pop and response from a snowboard, the juice is worth the squeeze.