|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Mostly Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|On Snow Feel|
Rome Mountain Division 2017 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride
The Rome Mountain Division is a directional hybrid camber board with a centered stance. It’s got a very Freeride feel but with a strong Aggressive All Mountain Aftertaste. It’s a unique ride that isn’t quite for everyone but some might like this different take on freeride/directional riding.
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.
Sorry for all the wind…..
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it. We borrowed this for a day and then returned it. We had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day so take it with a grain of salt. We liked it so much we asked to keep it (we only do this with our favorites). After a demo, we liked it so much we bought it. We spent our precious Good Ride dollars to buy this and review it.
Conditions: Good Snow, good spring snow and some harder stuff as well.
Riders: Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Jack, Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs),
Boots: Burton SLX, Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD
Bindings: Rome Katana, Burton Cartel,
Set Up: Close to centered 22″ wide 15 front -3 back
Approximate Weight: Felt light even with the heavy Katana’s on there and lighter with the Cartels.
On Snow Feel: Felt like it was a camber board of old and the flat to rocker in the tip/tail is more on the minimal side. It’s fast, stable and carvy but it’s also on the catchy side. Even though we reference this as hybrid camber it’s more like what we call mostly camber.
Powder: No powder but you can tell it will do well. It won’t be that super effortless floater compared to boards with more rocker in the nose but I bet it has some of that fun powder pop that the old Rome Notch had that I owned and loved. Even though it’s centered on the sidecut there is some set back on board and it will give you more directional float than the specs would lead you to believe. I personally liked the older Rome S-Rocker profiles that had more rocker in the nose to the newer camber to flat to a little bit of rocker. That being said if you like how full camber rides you might like this more than I did. It’s going to float better than camber but not really float like many freeride boards we tried out there with more rocker in the nose.
Turn Initiation: Even with the wider waist of 25.5 cm, which is on the wide side for size 8.5 and 9 for Peter and me, the Mtn Division turned better than we thought it would. It took a little work for us to get it to commit to an edge but when it did it had spring out of it.
Skidded Turns: Not the easiest to skid turns and not really a board to for the entry-level or even intermediate rider.
Carving: That slightly wider waist width gave Peter and I all the edge we needed without any toe/heel drag so we could really lay into a carve for a 155. Also, all that camber really pops you out of the carve and set’s you up for the next turn. If you like to carve this should please you.
Speed: Fast for a 155 and if we were on a 159 which was probably a better fit I bet it would have been up there with the old Rome Anthem.
Uneven Terrain: Its flex is forgiving enough in uneven snow but the slower turn initiation (for Peter and me) was not ideal to weave in and out of uneven snow. If you have larger feet like size 10’s this might be a little easier but it still didn’t feel like our first choice for mid to end of the day snow. It’s more at home in groomed snow.
Edge Hold: It gripped very well in the few patches of hard snow we had but in soft snow, it wasn’t overly grippy.
Flex: Feels like most freeride boards these days. It’s a snappy medium/stiff flex.
Switch: Not this boards strength even with the centered stance on sidecut. Just felt a bit off. With the centered stance on side cut, you would think that this would give you an easier ride switch but it didn’t work for us.
Jibbing: Nope……not a good idea.
Pipe: Nope didn’t go there but don’t think I would like it that much as I generally like quicker turning board there. Still, it would probably drive wall to wall well.
Jumps: It’s not something that you want to lap the jump line with but it’s got great pop off the tail for an ollie and will be a great board to send it on the mountain.
So even with this mostly camber profile, it’s got an old school feel that isn’t for everyone but those that still prefer the old days of camber might like this board.
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Initial impressions only...
Right people, this is just an initial impression as I have only just bought this board and not taken it to the mountain yet. I would have waited until then to review, but the half arsed attempt of a review on this board compelled me to comment. That and there's hardly any meaningful info available on the mountain division. The star rating can be ignored until I do a proper review, I chose 3 stars because it was in the middle. This is for the 163 version.
First, the facts.
The Mountain Division is not "medium stiff", it's much softer than your traditional directional free-ride board. The nose is medium to medium soft, gradually stiffening all the way to the tail. This is due to both the camber profile of the board and the carbon rods they put in the tail. Torsional flex in the front foot is much more abundant than the back foot, matching the longitudinal flex profile.
This board is light af. Comparison, the 163 Mountain Division is significantly lighter than the 159 Mod Rocker (not exactly a heavy board).
The stance is 49mm set back, not centered. This is measured from reference to the outer most tip of each end of the board. You could argue that it's more given the pointy tail and blunted nose, I'll leave that to your own discretion.
My thoughts & assumptions.
The "free the ride" camber profile looks like a pared back s-rocker (or powder S for you Rome fan boys). Seems to be a compromise between hard-pack and powder performance, which matches the marketing hoopla. I can't imagine the turn initiation being medium slow given the abundance of torsional flex in the front foot, but this is an assumption and they've ridden the board. The tail seems quite snappy, I'm looking forward to launching off some jumps and features. I can't imagine this board being any good switch given its directional nature in both profile and flex. This is a light board and as such probably isn't that damp. The camber profile may help a bit, but you're likely still going to feel the varying terrain under your feet.
I'm off the the mountain in a few weeks and I'll make sure to give you a full review on my findings.
A bit of constructive criticism for TheGoodRide; try to avoid saying shit like "I felt like this board was with me", it's ambiguous at best. You need to quantify your experience and explain how and why the board reacted the way you wanted it too. Also, finish your 2016 reviews before starting the 2017 ones.
Response: Point taken. Review was finished. And yes Jimbo can be a little vague at times.