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.
Conditions: Good Snow
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD
Bindings: Rome Katana
Set Up: Close to centered 22″ wide 15 front -3 back
Approximate Weight: Felt light even wtih the heavy Katana’s on there.
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 thought 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 side cut 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. Its going to float better than camber but not really float like many freeride boards we tried out there with
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 I, 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 with out 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 of been up there with the old Rome Anthem.
Uneven Terrain: It’s flex is forgiving enough in uneven snow but the slower turn initiation (for Peter and I) 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 side cut. 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 the new mostly camber hybrid 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.