|Riding Style||Alternative Freeride|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Split||Comes in split|
|On Snow Feel|
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Rome Powder Division MT 2019 - 2017 Review by The Good Ride
The Rome Powder Division MT comes in everything from a short fatty to a more traditional surfy shape. Each size is different but there is one theme I’ve picked up on after riding 2 of the 4 shapes. They all are well thought out and rip for this price point. They are made to shine in powder but when set all the way forward it is great to carve up groomers. It’s another not just for powder ride and isn’t necessarily ready for the shelf when the powder is gone. It’s a super strong recommendation for a budget quiver builder or someone who only likes to surf the mountain and want’s one board. The 2019 Rome Pow Division doesn’t seem to have any real changes compared to the 2018 model that we own but it still sits as one of our favorite short/fat/surfy rides for 2019.
Ethics Statement: We don’t do reviews in exchange for compensation from the Manufacturers. This is our attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders perspective.
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo, then returned it but liked it soo much we asked for a 157. Then we bought a 153. We only do this with our favorites like this.
Size: 157 and 153
Conditions: Everything from soft groomers to almost 1 foot of super thick powder to some almost waist deep powder and some early morning slackountry time with Drift Boards.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs) and a few others
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Adidas Acerra, Burton SLX,
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers Lite, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Superpro with team ankle straps (similar to the contact but with taller straps), Burton Genesis, Burton Genesis X, Union Falcor
Set Up: 21.5″-22.5” wide. Set all the way up, all the way back and near reference. 18 front -6 back, 21 front 0 back 27 front +6 back.
Approximate Weight: Feels like it’s on the lighter side of normal and it’s not a heavy board. Sometimes lower-cost boards like this can be heavier but its not the case here.
Flex/Buttering: The Rome Powder Division 157 has a pretty medium flex in the nose but it gets stiffer as you get down to the inserts. From there to the tail it has a pretty medium/stiff flex. It isn’t really a board you get to butter but it can work if you want to make it happen.
Sizing: The 157 is a pretty unique size and it has the width to accommodate a lot of different boot sizes but it fit just fine with my size 9 boots, Peters size 8.5’s and Grants size 11’s for a 26.8cm waist
On Snow Feel: The mellow camber from the end of the front inserts to almost the tail makes for a pretty stable ride and the 3D rocker in the nose makes for a pretty floaty easy ride underfoot. It’s got a subtle turn up of the sides that seems to have a very similar easy floating feel to hybrid camber. It has a very back foot heavy/surfy personality that is fun to ride on groomers and it doesn’t have to be just a board for powder. Very easy to one foot and flat base for sure.
Edge Hold: Nothing here that says go carve on ice but the Rome Powder Division holds a really good edge for nothing going on with the sidecut. It can hang in the borderline hard snow without getting to slippy when on edge.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick edge to edge for such a wide board and it really surprised us all at how quickly it turned for this width. There is some taper of -12mm, but it isn’t as much as you would think for this kind of shape and we thought it would hinder the quick turn initiation. It wasn’t a tree cheetah but I never felt uncomfortable turning in semi-tight spots with this. Yes, it felt best in more open terrain but it was a good surprise when it came to navigating through trees.
Turning Experience: A lot of boards marketed as mostly powder boards like this often are pretty boring when it comes to riding groomer riding but I had a lot of fun setting the stance all the way forward and making some fun turns on some mostly groomer days.
Carving: You can make some use of this back seat camber and the Rome Powder Division makes for a pretty fun all around ride.
Skidded Turns: Even with camber all the way to the tail it doesn’t feel too catchy and skidding out a turn is very doable.
Speed: Very fast base for this price point and It has a pretty good glide to it. The nose, being a little softer than the rest of the board can clown shoe up a bit but it isn’t that floppy.
Uneven Terrain: The bigger the bumps got, the more it made these size 9ers of mine to weave in and out of the bumps but it did better than I thought it would for how wide it is. The Rome Powder Division has very good dampening properties that allow the board to stay flexy and damp but not buck us around. It is great in tracked up snow.
Powder: The Rome Powder Division lives up to its name and it has a really effortless float in the deepest of deep. When set all the way back with a 22″ stance width you can get about 13.5″ back on board which is pretty massive. That combined with the 3D rocker nose and the 12mm of taper makes for a super-floaty ride.
Switch: not that good but just looking at the board you would know that.
Jumps: Pretty strong pop off the tail for such a mellow camber. The one thing one of my friends who rode this thing that really rips is if you get a lot of air the board can feel a bit soft but for most of us exceptionally average riders here at The Good Ride, that won’t be an issue.
Jibbing: wouldn’t know….
Pipe: Not my kind of pipe ride but pretty fun to slash some walls with.
So the Rome Mountain Division makes for a really amazing powder board but what makes this more recommendable is the ability to make turning and slashing groomers a lot more fun than your average powder board. This is one of our top recommendations for those that want a short/fat/surfy in the smaller sizes or just a surfy ride in the bigger sizes. It is a great budget quiver ride and the lower price doesn’t equate to sucking some stoke out of those deep days we all live for.
This is the 2018 Review of the Rome Powder Division 157 MT and it’s exactly the same as the 2019 Model.
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Top Sheet Issues; Poor Customer Service
Bought this board, 2017/2018 version based mainly on the Good Ride recommendation- which was right on in terms of performance. First day out was a knee deep day in Loveland and the board excelled in every way. I have it set up with Union Stratas. However, I noticed the glossy top sheet was extremely prone to scratches- even a fingernail makes a permanent scratch! Anyway, when getting this board ready for this season, I removed the Stratas and there were raised spots on the top sheet that looked like water had damaged the top sheet. Rome encouraged me to send it back for replacement- which cost a cool $85. After looking at it they decided not to replace- while admitting it might fail later- and then shipped it back to the UPS store- where I have to drive and get it. These guys are absolute jokers and this board- while a great performer- has some serious quality and warranty issues. Beware!