The Rome Lofi is a good cambered take on the mountain like a park kind of board. It’s also very fun if you want to spend more times lapping the jumps. Very little has changed from 2011 to 2013. There have been little tweaks but the boards are pretty similar.
The Rome LoFi is still well made and very light. You will end up liking this much more in person than you will in the pics. The mid section is very stiff but the nose is buttery soft. The board also rides very big for its size.
On Snow Feel The Rome LoFi is more at home in the park but it is pretty fun treating the mountain like a higher speed jump park. It’s forgiving for camber but it’s still camber and it’s catchy compared to the newer hybrid shapes out there.
Powder: It’s a twin with a centered stance so unless you are hitting backcountry jumps it won’t be the best choice to hit the deep stuff. It does perform better than we thought for a board with a chopped off nose.
Turn Initiation- We found this board to be more difficult to turn compared to other boards of this size. It does ride bigger than boards it’s size and can turns at high speed better than most small twins. It doesn’t have the soft and playful tight turning feel like most twins but it does have a more serious speedy feel that many will appreciate. The work it takes to transition from edge to edge was not what we expected but it does a good job on edge. Another reason most people who aren’t that accomplished will not like this board.
Speed: This is about as fast as a true twin can get. This thing can bomb! The stiff mid section of this board really absorbs chatter and likes to go straight. The base is fast as well. There are no issues flat basing. In a world of squirrely reverse camber rides it is refreshing to take a park twin to high speeds and have it feel stable.
Uneven Terrain: With a good pair of shock absorbent bindings its going to help you deal with a crowded Saturday or a wrong turn down a bumpy run.
Approximate Weight– Very light! Pair this with some light bindings and you will have no issues on a super long chair ride.
Edge Hold: The Rome LoFi can hold an edge well in most conditions but it doesn’t have that limitless grip like some do.
Stiffness– Pretty stiff for a park board. It’s pretty stiff in the middle but very soft at the tip and tail.
Carving– Not bad for a twin. It is pretty fun to lock into a good carve.
Jibbing- This isn’t the boards best attribute but it certainly does well compared to most boards with this type of flex. The softer nose and tail helps keep this a little more jib friendly.
Pipe: The stiff flex keeps pipe in play. It will climb a pipe wall the same switch or regular. It won’t perform as well as some boards but the other boards aren’t as well rounded. So you give up a little in the pipe to do it all.
Jumps: This is the Rome LoFi’s best quality. That stable go straight feeling of this board gives you a lot more confidence when you are about to hit a big kicker. If you live for jumps then here is one of the best in the industry! If you like to ollie off things around the mountain the LoFi is pretty springy.
The Rome LoFi turned out to be another fun but very aggressive freestyle board that isn’t made for the faint of heart.