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Rome National 2018-2020 Snowboard Review

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

Semi-Locked In

Turn Initiation

Medium

Skidded Turns

Moderate

Flex

Medium

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Rome National 2020 - 2018 Review by The Good Ride

The Rome National has a technical mostly camber one board quiver thing going for those that like a camber dominant feel with a lively flex underfoot.

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: 2
Conditions: Pretty rough late spring conditions with an inch or more of sticky wet fresh snow on top of a solid snowment block.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles,  Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas and
Similar Boards (but not the same)Korua Otto, Capita Mercury, Endeavor Pioneer,

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

Approximate Weight: Feels pretty normal bordering on being light.

Sizing: The 154 worked for my boot size fine but I would have preferred a 156. Seems like they have most regular and mid/wide sizes covered.

Flex/Buttering: The flex is medium in the shop and on snow. It took some work to butter the Rome National but it’s not unobtainable with a little work. If you come from full camber it will be easy though. There is pretty dynamic pop underfoot and it takes a little work too.

On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The Rome National feels a little locked in but not terrible. Kind of borders on the stable side but it could catch a lot easier than many hybrid shapes out there if you get off your game. It tracks really well when you one foot and flat base.

Edge Hold: Pretty solid edge hold and it held anytime I punched through the soft snow and hit that block. It’s really good for a more traditional sidecut that doesn’t have any visible disruption.

Turn Initiation: Not as fast as I expected. There was a little delay turning the board edge to edge but you could get it to turn easy enough. The Rome National likes to track straight and doesn’t have that quick turning personality. It might be a little faster if the snow wasn’t so sticky though.

Turning Experience/Carving: Even in the crappy snow you could feel the Rome Nationals potential to be a good carver. I wish I had good conditions to really lay into it.

Powder: No Powder to speak of but at least the Rome National has a little bit of setback on board even though the stance is centered on sidecut. At almost a 22″ stance width you can set it back about 1.5″ back on board (3″ difference between nose and tail).

Speed: All that pop comes at a little expense of being super damp at speed. It chattered a bit but you can point it for sure.

Uneven Terrain: Even though it was slow edge to edge it turned well enough through bumpy and messy thick snow. That’s pretty much all I had and the Rome National could handle it. There are better uneven terrain boards but I didn’t want to call it a day like I would with some boards.

Switch: Very doable either way even though it wasn’t perfect.

Getting Air/Park: The Rome National can pop hard and it likes getting air more than just about anything else in the freestyle world. If you want to really get into lapping the kicker line this is a great choice. It tracks really well into a hit and lands well too. It worked well enough in the pipe too but shined more getting air. Didn’t feel like much of a jibber.

 
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The Rome National has a centered stance mostly camber all mountain to mountain freestyle thing going for it that like. It’s got a centered stance on side cut but there seems to be some set back on board because of the slightly chopped tail and more directional float than your average directional twin with a centered stance.

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 had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day.
Size: 156
Days:  1
Conditions:  Pretty warm mid winter conditions that was like a spring day
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Burton Rover
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles,  Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Rome DOD

Set Up: 22.75” wide, 15 front -15 back Centered.

 
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Good all rounder

Dec 07, 2017 by Tim
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Freestyle all mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 50 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 182cm 11us boots 170lbs 

I rode the Rome national 156 Ltd 2017 most of the 2017 season. This board is the true meaning of all mountain (in my opinion)excels in most conditions and is perfect for my specs. It’s super lightweight, charges hard, butters very easy and has incredible pop. It shines on jumps! I’d say the flex is medium. It carves very nicely and I found the edge hold very good in hard Icey conditions. Took in 40cm of powder and it was very good. Having a lil rocker does make it a lil more forgiving than full camber. Bottom line if your wanting a do everything all mountain board this is it.


4.0 4.0 1 1 I rode the Rome national 156 Ltd 2017 most of the 2017 season. This board is the true meaning of all mountain (in my opinion)excels in most conditions and is perfect for my specs. Rome National 2018-2020 Snowboard Review

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