|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|On Snow Feel|
Rome Ravine Select 2022 Review by The Good Ride
Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Poppy snappy version of the regular Ravine.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: A little more chattery in uneven snow but still fun.
The Rome Ravine Select kicks it up a notch pop wise and stiffens up the ride but still keeps some of that playful feel to it.
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Rome Ravine 2022 Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened:
Borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.
Conditions: and an early morning slackountry time with Drift Boards & Union Rovers
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs)
Boots: Burton Kendo
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers
Bindings: Union Atlas, Rome Cleaver, Rome Katana, Rome Vice
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom TDF Infuse 3L Gore-Tex Jacket, Burton Banshee Gore-Tex Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith IO Mag, Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Guide Glove, Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Burton AK Clutch Glove, Burton AK Tech Leather Glove, Burton AK Tech Glove, Burton 3D Daily Driver, Rome Ravine,
Set-Up: 21.5” Wide. Sance Angles +18/-3, +18/+3,+18/-9. Close to Reference.
How It Was Tested
I generally took up the Ravine every time I brought up the Ravine Select. I also brought up the Burton 3D Daily Driver and Lib Lost Quiver Killer same day to get my reference point and to compare.
The Rome Ravine Select felt pretty light but not totally on the ultra light side of things. (We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores there is no consistency in a boards weight)
The 155 Rome Ravine Select was perfect for my specs. My size 9 boots could handle it fine and my 185-190lbs didn’t feel too heavy for it.
Here are some ideal US boot sizes for these boards. You can of course go bigger or smaller but these work best for not turning the board slower than it should be and not having the dreaded Toe & Heel Drag.
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
The Rome Ravine Select has a little bit of taper but not soo much that you feel like you need to really commit to that back foot. The nose is pretty forgiving with a little early rise and lifted sides but the Tail isn’t as much. It borders though on being stable underfoot and it isn’t super locked in like some directional camber rides.
So the flex is still pretty playful but it’s a good step up from the Ravine and it’s closer to being more like a traditional freeride flex. You also get a lot more pop throughout the board. It feels a little more chattery though and a little more uneasy in micro bumpy or messy snow. Still, it’s not something that will convince you to go in earlier than you want to.
Even though the Rome Ravine Select doesn’t have the all conditions easy ride that the Ravine does it is more competent at higher speed and has a faster base. I could really feel the difference when switching boards. It just glides a little longer than the Ravine and it’s almost up there with the fastest of the fast.
The Rome Ravine Select has pretty good grip that is more than competent in hard snow if you don’t commit too hard to a turn.
I liked the overall turning experience. It wasn’t super fast when initiating a turn but it got me where I wanted to be without too much effort. Once on edge I really liked this turning radius. It felt very balanced and I could definitely feel more pop out of the turn than with the Ravine.
With a -3.25” set back from center of board at a 21.75” stance width you can get pretty good directional float. It’s not exceptional but it will definitely help you keep that nose up. Speaking of nose, that big 3D nose shape will turn really well in softer snow and especially powder. Then you factor in the taper and it’s going to be a pretty fun ride. I wouldn’t be bummed if I got this in moderatly deep snow but give me the Stale Fish on the deep deep days.
I was fine riding switch on the reference stance and it’s not bad for this much taper.
So if you like the idea of the Ravine but want a stiffer flex, more pop and a faster base with less compromise than most high end versions of the regular board the Rome Ravine Select could for sure work.
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