|Riding Style||All Mountain Freestyle|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Advanced|
|Fits Boot size (US)||Women's, < 8, 8-10|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Rome Heist 2022 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The Rome Heist is a friendly flexing all mountain freestyle snowboard. It is playful and fun. It comes with a hybrid camber profile, a 4/10 flex and is a true twin.
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 board for an extended demo and returned it.
Time Codes: 00:06 Intro 00:19 Camber Profile 00:28 Flex 00:45 Base 00:54 Snow Conditions 01:17 Steeps 01:51 Edge Hold 02:23 Groomers 02:46 Switch 02:55 Off Piste 03:09 Freestyle Personality 04:11 Kendall’s Take 05:00 Who Is This For?
Sizes: 139, 143, 147, 151
Waist Width: The Rome Heist comes with a pretty wide waist width. Around 10mm wider than the average women’s board. This makes it a good choice for riders with a bigger boot size. It also increases stability and surface area on the snow. It could also mean you can size down if you are looking for a small jib board to throw around on boxes and rails.
Camber Profile: The camber profile is positive camber between the feet going to a mild rocker on the nose and tail.
On Snow Feel: The Heist is stable. It allows for some playful movements on the snow and is mellow enough for learning and improving your riding on.
Flex: 4/10 flex. It is fairly easy to butter and manipulate. The softer flex allows someone to twist it easily to initiate a turn. Stable enough for most speeds, not extremely stable when the snow gets super bumpy or when riding super fast down the mtn.
Steeps: Maneuverable enough in steeps. The positive camber gives the Heist nice connection to the snow in steep terrain. It isn’t a hard charging steeps board, and prefers a nice controlled speed when riding in this environment.
Edge Hold: Decent edge hold on hard pack snow and some icy conditions. There isn’t any sidecut disruption, but you do get that positive camber profile helping you out a bit. Not an ice expert. But should do well in most hard snow conditions.
Groomers: The Heist likes to cruise around on groomers. Playing on cat track ledges and buttering around. It likes a good intermediate to black terrain run and likes to explore and turn all over.
Turning Experience: Fun to turn. Great for the intermediate rider or the high end beginner looking to advance their skills. Easy enough to initiate turns and can make small to medium skidded turns with ease. The Heist can also carve. It isn’t a carve specialist but it would be a good board to learn how to carve on because it is easy to manipulate without being aggressive.
Switch: The Heist is a true twin. So riding switch is the same as riding it normal. It would be a good board to learn switch on since it is so friendly to turn.
Off Piste: Great off piste. Easy and quick to turn in tight spaces. Only medium stable so it won’t be charging hard off piste. It will want to take its time through cruddy snow. Fun in trees and moguls as well. Easy to change direction at the last moment without being too locked into the turn.
Freestyle Personality: A great board for freestyle riding. It is friendly enough to learn tricks on and has a nice pop to it when hitting jumps or popping ollies. Good for boxes and rails. Easily press-able for butter tricks. Good for small to medium features.
Powder: It’s a true twin so won’t do too well in powder. It does have a little rocker in the nose and tail that will help it out a bit. If you see deep days, you might need an extra powder board just in case.
Who Is This For?
The Rome Heist could be a good friendly all mountain freestyle board for that intermediate to advanced rider. Or a decent board for the beginner looking to move off the green runs. Its softer flex allows for some creative, fun lines all over the mountain. Good for riding switch, learning freestyle, and riding groomers all over the mountain.
Rome Heist Past Reviews
The 2016 Rome Heist really changed up the ride compared to the 15 and 14 models. It’s now cambered between the tip/tail with a passive rocker that doesn’t touch the ground in the middle. It takes it from a very forgiving ride good for a wide variety of riders to make it a very aggressive super poppy freestyle ride for those who know what they are doing. It’s not a board to skid your turns with anymore.
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 rider’s perspective.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal bordering on light.
On Snow Feel: Went from semi lose to catchy like an old camber board. For many, it’s almost too much camber. It’s not the spinney forgiving board it used to be.
Powder: Lost all its float going to camber and it will only ride slightly better than old school camber in powder.
Turn Initiation: Quick and snappy if you know how to turn.
Skidded Turns: Not easy to skid turns and you could easily catch an edge.
Carving: Massive improvement over the older model and it really lays it out well. If it was a little stiffer this would be top notch.
Speed: Kind of chattery on the mountain.
Uneven Terrain: Not bad as the day starts to get messy.
Edge Hold: Really strong grip that will work fine in anything from ice to slush.
Flex: Still a soft flex that’s easy to butter but it just requires a more technical rider to not catch an edge.
Switch: Pretty easy either way.
Jibbing: Not a bad jibber but you have to know what you are doing now.
Pipe: Some might want a little stiffer flex but it will do really well for most in the pipe that know how to ride it.
The Rome Heist is new for 2014 and a great addition for the women’s freestyle rider on a budget.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal.
On Snow Feel: There is a lot of rocker going on between the feet and although there is a good bit of camber going on at the tip/tial it’s still pretty loose between the feet when one footing and flat basing. Until you put the board on edge it feels similar to a continuous rocker board. It’s all about a loose playful ride that loves to pop and spin.
Powder: This is great for a twin in powder and will float well for those that like it centered and ride switch a lot in powder.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Very easy and quick edge to edge. Short to medium turns are easy and fun. As you get to wider radius turns the quick rip side cut’s outer side cut engages and it provides a different turning feel more like a camber dominant board. Now with such a loose playful board you wouldn’t think it would carve well at all but its a lot better than you would think. As the outer part of the side cut engages it’s a lot of fun and it allows the camber in the tip and tail help you get a little spring out of the turn. It’s still not perfect and a little bit washy in harder conditions but it’s pretty good for a freestyle twin.
Speed: Pretty chattery and not ideal for bombing a long sustained steep run but it’s fine for a straight line needed for a big kicker.
Uneven Terrain: It’s soft flexy ride is very forgiving when dealing with slow speed bumpy terrain. It’s not a chunder buster but it moves over bumps like water over rock. It’s chattery but doesn’t pass the bumps up to your knees and legs.
Edge Hold: Very solid grip that really holds well in harder conditions. That extension past each binding really makes a difference and grabs really well.
Flex: Pretty medium soft but with that extra rocker between the feet makes the board feel even more buttery and playful than you would think by flexing it in a shop.
Switch: Perfect either way.
Jibbing: It’s very forgiving and playful and easy for most riders to play around on rails and bonks. It’s rocker between the feet keeps it from being perfect because it could be better if there was more flat between the feet to hold the but it’s still easy and forgiving.
Pipe: There is enough edge hold and the board drives pretty well from wall to wall but it’s a little too loose between the feet to give you that stable drive on an icy pipe wall. Still it’s much better than you would think.
Jumps: What a poppy playful fun little ride for those that like to jump. It’s really fun hitting small to medium kickers but also isn’t bad on a bigger kicker as well. It pops well on an ollie and spins well on kickers.
All in all this a solid choice for anyone on a budget that want’s a do everything park ride.
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