- Price: £425 / €500
- Lengths: 147, 151, 155, 158
- Flex: 6
- Profile: Camber
- Shape: True Twin
When crafting their collaborative pro model for Rome, Ozzy Henning and Toni Kerkela were certainly on the same page. If you’re similarly into powerful, no-holes-barred freestyle riding, the Rome Buckshot is a fine choice.
"The sidewalls are designed to handle awkward rail-bashes, and the edges themselves are extra-strong too"
It’s durable, for one thing. Basalt plates under the bindings soak up the biggest, heaviest landings, making it far less likely that you’ll snap your board or rip out the inserts. The sidewalls are designed to handle awkward rail-bashes, and the edges themselves are extra-strong too.
The Rome Buckshot can therefore take a beating, so it’s ideal for the braver rider who’s into high-consequence stuntboarding. A bamboo rod down the centre adds to the camber profile’s already-formidable pop, so getting airborne is always a breeze.
It’s got a higher quality base than a lot of dedicated park boards, so as long as you look after it properly then you’ll be able to clear the longest knuckle in the park, or the gnarliest roof gap in the streets.
The Rome Buckshot is therefore well equipped for the likes of Toni and Ozzy, but it’s not exclusive to the pros. The flex is fairly forgiving, and the use of biax fibreglass means that it’s not difficult to manipulate when you want to press and butter at slower speeds.
“The Buckshot is a pure freestyle board built for aggressive riders that already have a decent trick list. The all-camber profile gives it plenty of snap to boost your ollies when taking it to the larger features, and gives you plenty of stability needed for heavy landings.
"The all-camber profile gives it plenty of snap to boost your ollies - and gives you plenty of stability needed for heavy landings"
It wasn’t very playful whilst at slow speeds and wasn’t the easiest board to butter and do flatland tricks. However for rails and jumps it’s really solid, and it rode nicely around the rest of the mountain too."