List Price US $429
Rome Agent 2010-2020 Snowboard Review

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Overall Rating
Riding Style All Mountain Freestyle
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12, > 12
Manufactured in
Shape True Twin
Camber Profile Mostly Camber
Stance Centered
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Poor
Turning Experience Great
Carving Great
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Great
Jumps Great
Jibbing Good
Pipe Great
On Snow Feel

Semi-Locked In

Turn Initiation

Medium

Skidded Turns

Semi-Hard

Flex

Medium

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Rome Agent 2020 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride

The Rome Agent has resurfaced as a reasonably priced mostly camber twin. It’s a good choice for a more technical mountain freestyle rider that is on a budget.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

How This Review Happened:  We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Size: 154
Days: 3
Conditions: varied late spring conditions.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Nick (Size 10, 160lbs, 5’8”)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton Imperial,
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles,  Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Rome DOD, Rome Crux, Rome Black Label

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Set-Up:  22” Wide. 15 front -15 back.  Centered.

Approximate Weight: Feels normal.

Sizing: The 154 was a little small for me but not for Nick.  The 156 might be just right for me.

Flex/Buttering: The Rome Agent has a pretty medium flex throughout the board. You can really feel the camber on snow when it comes to buttering and it took us both a little bit of work. There is a lot of pop and it’s somewhat easy to access it but it really comes alive with a stronger rider.

On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The mostly camber profile with just a touch of early rise in the nose/tail feels pretty locked in but not like the old full on camber days. It tracks well when one footing for flat basing and it has a very predictable feel in all conditions.

Edge Hold: Pretty competent edge hold that works in hard snow as long as you dial back your turns.

Turn Initiation: The Rome Agent moves when you want it to where you want it to without too much work. It doesn’t feel turny like the old Agents but instead likes to track straight more.

Turning Experience/Carving: I didn’t feel the carving magic of the old Camber Agent or the Agent Rocker when it was camber with a passive bend underfoot but there is still a lot of spring to it.

Powder: This is a centered stance true twin with not much early rise. You need to be an old school camber twin powder rider to enjoy this. For the rest of us that like to set it back and get a lot of directional float this won’t work. At this price maybe go with a two board quiver and get the Pow Division.

Speed: The base was pretty beat up and slow but new and waxed it would have good enough glide. The Rome Agent is damp enough to point it for a good bit.

Uneven Terrain: Pretty good weaving around and powering over bumps. It also didn’t pass up too much chatter on harder micro-bumpy snow.

Switch: Great either way.

Getting Air/Park: The Rome Agent has some of the Mod in it when we approached little to medium kickers and it tracks straight well into the hit. It’s a really solid jump board. Jibs work well but it’s a bit stiff and technical. The pipe was good but nothing exceptional.

 
Rome Agent Past Reviews

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.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Size: 158 & 160

Days: 11
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 poppy 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 the 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 twin-ish 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 used 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.  It is not going to have the stability of the Rome Anthem but it sure is fast for its 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 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 as 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.  It is 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 its 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.

 
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Rome Agent 2015

Dec 23, 2014 by Eric
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Chasing Skiers • 
Days You Ride A Year: 25 

I was able to demo this in a 158 on Killington with Burton Genesis bindings this past weekend. (Weekend before Christmas). Conditions were pretty nice especially for this time of year, there was some ice but fluffy stuff on top and medium snow on the sides to get into. My personal board is a Custom Flying V 159 approx. 5 years old with Burton Freestyle bindings.

Moguls
I was able to charge moguls on Blacks and Double Blacks extremely well, the best I think I ever have. It was fairly easy to turn and pop in the nasty moguls with this thing. Very pleased.

Trees
Very well here too, I was able to follow the lines that I picked almost 100% of the time even in tight, steep glades. Even my friends noticed how I wasn\'t following behind as much as usual.

Groomers
Pretty normal here, wasn\'t terribly fast but I was able to trust the edges and ice didn\'t spook me. It did seem somewhat sketchy in tracked up snow and forced me to stay on my edges for most of the time while trying to flat base and pickup speed.

Powder
No deep stuff here but there was a decent amount of fluffy stuff on the side of the slopes that didn\'t give me any problems, not sure about deep fresh stuff though.

Bindings
I would highly recommend these bindings, they provide excellent response and also are extremely comfortable. My feet are always falling asleep in my Freestyles but I can crank these pretty hard and still be comfortable.

I really enjoyed this board, I\'m just looking for something a bit faster and more stable at speed. The flex was nice because it allowed me to maneuver the board well but still had firmness to rely on. Had really nice pop to it too, easy landings as I like to pop off rollers and small jumps along the slopes. No park or jibber jabbing for me.


4.0 4.0 1 1 I was able to demo this in a 158 on Killington with Burton Genesis bindings this past weekend. (Weekend before Christmas). Conditions were pretty nice especially for this time of y Rome Agent 2010-2020 Snowboard Review

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