The Rome Reverb is a little softer than it’s predecessor the Graft but the shape and sizing is pretty much the same. The 2013 Rome Reverb is the same as the 2012. Like the Graft it’s made for a technical approach to freestyle and is still one of the company favorites when it comes to a do anything camber freestyle board.
Conditions: Hard to good groomed snow.
Riders: James and Jimbo
Bindings Used- Union Contact Pro, Burton Malavita
Boots: Burton Ion and Burton SLX
Set Up- Centered approximately 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Weight: 6.4lbs Size 164
On Snow Feel: The Rome Reverb is pretty stable and predictable. Like all camber boards they can be a little catchy but its very mellow on the camber scale. The board is easy to one foot/skate and flat base. Its the kind of board that is all about approaching the mountain at a slower pace and treating it like a jib or jump park. It’s also really fun in the jib and jump park too.
Powder: The Rome Reverb Rocker is much better here but if you are an old schooler you will know what to expect.
Speed: The Rome Reverb isn’t going to win any awards here when it comes to speed but it does have a nice 0-Park obstacle excelaration that many boards in this price range don’t. This is because the base is fast but it’s a soft flexing board.
Weight- Not super light or super heavy. It’s on the medium side of light.
Turn Initiation- The Reverb can turn well even though it has that spiny floaty jibby feel. If your in a steep critical situation it will always turn where you need it to go.
Edge Hold: It’s sufficient when the edges are not de-tuned. It holds a rail fine on a turn but its nothing you want out on an icy day or on an icy pipe wall especially if you ride in the jib park alot. Even though this is a camber board we would of still liked to see the “quickrip” sidecut. It’s always better to have extra edge hold.
Carving– The Reverb is not made for carving but if you decide to leave the park and play around carving regular or switch it will do a pretty good job. Still it’s a true twin so it’s not going to own it here.
Flex: Its pretty soft and flexy but not super soft. It’s enough to butter a bit and also give a pretty good spring when it comes to ollie.
Switch: There is no difference riding either direction.
Pipe: The Reverb isn’t going to own the pipe but it could be good if you like a softer board or only spring like sessions or keep the edges sharp.
Jibbing- This is a great jib park board in a camber kind of way for those older school or more technical riders. The Reverb Rocker offers a little more of a forgiving ride but they are both great in different ways.
Jumps: This might be one of the Reverbs best qualities. There is lot’s of spring here if you want to generate your own air. Even though it’s camber the Reverb almost has that hybrid rocker feel like it wants to spin as you hit the kicker.