There must be something in the frozen water that blankets the slopes of Stowe that breeds great snowboards. The glades, groomers, steeps, and parks of this celebrated New England peak can be found in the DNA of our top two 2012 Best of Test finishers, since these slopes are where they both were conceived and tested. Rome's Mod Rocker is best described as a "jack of all trades, master of fun," but a look under the topsheet reveals construction and materials that are all business. Hot out of the presses for 2012 is a new and improved implementation of the Carbon Double-Barrel Hot Rods, resulting in improved ollies and nollies. The advanced QuickRip sidecut found on the Mod Rocker achieves that rare balance of control and chaos by enabling loose low-speed nimbleness as well as solid response and stability while haulin' ass. This is why testers weren't shy in giving praise to Rome's 2012 Mod Rocker.

The Tech
Lengths: 150, 153, 156, 158 Wide, 159, 161 Wide
Base Material: SinterCarbon
Core: Airpop Matrix
Shape: Twin
Camber: Freepop Rocker Camber
MSRP: $550.00

Best of Testimonials
"Really snappy; had good pop, and held a good edge in the park."
—Darren Tuttle, Alpine Meadows, CA (Shop: Boardroom Sporting Goods)

"I really enjoyed it because it was playful in a way that made me want to immediately go to the park. I was inspired by the board to actually do more stuff and get a little more aggressive on freestyle terrain that I otherwise might not have."
—John Percy, Mammoth Mountain, CA (Shop: Dave's Snowboards)