Rome Buckshot

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Perhaps one of the most insightful—and flattering—comments about the Buckshot came from a veteran tester who once worked as an editor for this publication. He described its feel as similar to the original Artifact, a design that was proven time and again on metal, concrete, and just about every other surface imaginable. The Buckshot is a prime example of the resurgence in positive camber boards with soft flex patterns, which, in a park context, offers an ideal balance between control and maneuverability. It's a good trend because, let's be honest, rocker and a soft flex pattern provides a pretty soggy ride, nine times out of ten—or more accurately ten out of ten, but some people are just into that. One tester explained The Buckshot's appeal as "a great park board for someone looking for the softer side of a cambered ride." To encapsulate its abilities in one trick: The Buckshot is type of board for performing proper nosepresses. If you miss the no-nonsense park boards of the early 2000s, this is a solid bet.

Length (cm) –Waist Width (cm)

147 — 25.2

151 — 25.4

155 — 25.6

Flex: 5/10

Camber: Traditional

Base: Extruded

Shape: True twin

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board's flex.)

Price: $479.99
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Tester quote: “This thing feels like the original Artifact!”

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Tester quote: “This thing feels like the original Artifact!”

Good Wood 2018 presented by

With hundreds of options available, how do you pick the best snowboard for you and your riding? The 2017-2018 Good Wood board test is a great place to start. Every board in here has been through rigorous rounds of testing in the environments it's intended for, and passed. Between the feature-filled freestyle terrain at Carinthia at Mount Snow in Vermont, and the rugged steeps of Snowbird, Utah, our eclectic and discerning testers rode and rated hundred of snowboards, ultimately concluding that these are the pinnacle of this season's freestyle and freeride offerings, respectively. Our crew is comprised of riders of riders of vastly varying sizes and backgrounds, with two commonalities: they're all experienced snowboarders with astute product knowledge. When a board stokes out the majority of this group, it means something. In addition to the park and all-mountain Good Wood accolades, we award two boards in each category with the “Bang for your Buck” designation, meaning they're the top-performers with the lowest price tags. Now in its 19th year, TransWorld SNOWboarding's Good Wood is the longest-running and most credible snowboard test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board's performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.