The Rome Agent was designed from the creator of the Burton Custom and it’s got a pretty similar ride. Rome took the Custom camber, centered the stance, thickened the profile, thickened the edges and changed the ride from an all mountain board to a sturdier all mountain freestyle board.
Size: 158 & 160
Conditions: 1 day with about 1 foot of powder and the others are hard to soft groomer conditions.
Bindings: Burton Cartels, Union Force, Flux SF45
Riders: James and Jimbo
Set Up- Centered, 23″ wide 15 front -9 back
Some people still love the drive and pop of camber and the Agent is there for them. For 2011 Rome improved the flex on the Agent to make it more responsive between the feet and we like this. For 2012 there wasn’t much changed except there is some new pop rod tech in the board. We felt the 2011 was pretty popy so it’s hard to tell how much this improved. The Agent really hasn’t changed too much since we started riding it in 2010. The 2014 -2012 are pretty similar and have the same tech. The Rome Agent will perform well anywhere on the mountain and is made to withstand a beating with big thick rails, a strong base and sturdy top sheet.
It’s a pretty fast mid to almost medium/stiff flexing stable board that is built very well. This is a more sturdy version of the custom camber with thicker rails and an all around sturdy approach to the build. It’s a bit heavier than the Custom as well. When I first started reviewing the Agent it was a lot closer to the Burton custom in terms of ride but over the years the Burton Custom has continued to change the core to flex easier where the Agent has stayed more the same. It gives the Custom a little more of an edge in terms of all around performance but it’s still not as durable as the Agent.
On Snow Feel: The Agent is a very good old school camber board that requires you to be more on your game than the hybrid shapes out there. Its a fun board for cruising but it’s better when you want to get aggressive. It’s stable between the feet and flat bases well like all traditional camber boards do. It’s the kind of board that allows you to take on the mountain in a little more directional all mountain freestyle kind of way. It likes to carve or make medium radius turns and pop off things.
Powder: With a twinish shape and not much set back this board is not going to blow your mind in the deep stuff but its exactly what you would expect for a cambered board. It will be fun until it gets really deep.
Turn Initiation– It’s rather easy to turn for a mid flexing camber board. That being said it’s a lot more work edge to edge than the Agent Rocker. It makes big carving turns fun. This is not for a beginner and will take a little while to get use to if you are an intermediate. Advanced to Expert riders will appreciate this board immediately and enjoy its ability to turn. If you compare this to the Agent Rocker you will see that this is going to be a lot more difficult but compared to other camber boards in it’s category it’s pretty easy.
Speed: There is a fast base, mid flexing so that makes it very damp. You can straight line this thing without issues. Its not going to have the stability of the Rome Anthem but it sure is fast for it’s category.
Uneven Terrain: The Agent handles bumpy snow pretty well. The thicker profile makes it not as ideal as the Custom but it does pretty well.
Approximate Weight– It’s pretty heavy but you can see why if you examine it closely. The rails have a lot more steel and the board is thicker. It’s built to last a long time and judging by the extra everything on the board you can ride this 100+ days a year for a many seasons before it gives up on you.
Edge Hold: This board will climb a steep icy pipe wall but it won’t be the best board on an icy day. Ice sucks but if it’s something you have to face all the time look for a different board. If you ride in mainly good conditions like we do then this board handles most situations we deal with. What is weird is we felt the Agent Rocker had better grip than the traditional camber Agent.
Flex: This is on the stiffer side of mid flexing which makes for a good all mountain board. Now the camber Burton Custom use to have a similar flex
Switch: We thought this board would not be as much fun to ride switch as most boards of this shape but it did a very good job. If you ride switch on occasion you won’t be disappointed. If you ride switch a lot then look for a twin or directional twin.
Jibbing– Great for a visit with wider boxes and easy jibs but you don’t want this as your jib specialist. Its sturdy and slides well but flex is just to medium to really handle long kinked rails or big Jibs. Still it’s not bad if you just want to hit a mellow small rail or small jib.
Pipe: The Agent is not bad in the pipe. It climbs the wall well and has enough flex to land a less than perfect hit. We felt that there are other boards that really did a better job than the Agent but this is a ride everything well board but not great board.
Jumps: Go big or small and this board will be there for you. We also like how the Agent Camber generates it own air. Both the 2011 and 2012 are very poppy boards so it’s hard to say how much better the 2012’s new pop tech is than the 2011. It seems more poppy but again it’s hard to tell.