|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Level||Beginner - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Mostly Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
Rome Reverb Rocker 2016 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride
The 2016 Rome Reverb Rocker had an overhaul in 2016. There is still rocker between the feet but now the camber touches the snow. It improves stability, carving and pop but you loose float in powder. Overall we like the improvements and we just would like to see something that would allow you to float a little more.
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: 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: Pretty hard spring like conditions in many places going to softer wet in other places.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs),
Boots: Burton SLX
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Burton Mission
Rome Reverb Rocker Past Reviews
The Rome Reverb Rocker is one of those boards that we have liked for a long time and it offers up a really solid hybrid rocker freestyle ride at a good price point.
For 2011 Rome created the Rome Graft Rocker to add to the Rome’s line. In 2012 the Rome Graft Camber and Rocker was removed and the Reverb Rocker and Reverb Camber was introduced in it’s place. The shape and sizes are exactly the same but the flex is a little softer. So this is basically a softer version of the Graft Rocker. It’s good to see that the Graft Rocker is still alive. The Reverb Rocker kept making minor tweaks to the board in 2013 and 2014 and for the price this is a really fun freestyle board.
**So one thing to do when you get this board is de-tune the edges a bit. They are super sharp to the point where they cut my hands. That is outstanding but it’s a little catchy so it’s one of the only hybrid rocker boards that I strongly recommend de-tuning the major contact points a bit before riding. If you don’t it can be a little catchy.
Size 157 & 154
Conditions: Everything from a little powder to hard bordering on icy snow.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju, Burton Hail
Bindings: Burton Genesis, Burton Malavita, Flux DS, Flux TT, Union Contact Pro
Set Up: 24″ wide (actually felt good that wide) 23″ wide 15 front -15 back centered.
** So generally I like 23″ wide for almost any board I ride but for some reason 24″ feels like 23″ with the Reverb Rocker. I feel like I’m at 22″ when I’m at 23″. Maybe it’s the massive rocker between the feet that makes the bindings/boots feel closer together but I’m not sure. Regardless it’s much better for me at 24″ wide.
On Snow Feel: The Rome Reverb Rocker is about taking a mellow playful freestyle approach to mountain. You can also carve, jib and carve but if you pick up speed then look to other boards. The board is pretty loose between the feet but that is what gives it it’s good pop.
Powder: The rocker between the feet is pretty curved up so this twin will float pretty easy for a twin. It’s still no powder board but it’s better than the camber Reverb.
Turn Initiation and Carving- The side cut they call “quick rip” is very unique and so far it’s pretty interesting to ride. There is one side cut that goes a bit beyond the binding mounts. Then there is another one that is after that and it makes it look like there are two mini snowboards in one side cut. First off we noticed that there is extra edge hold but that is not their sole intention. When we initiated short or mellow turns it felt like most easy turning rocker or hybrid rocker snowboards. When you really lean in to carve there is this quick almost startling change at first like your board just changed under your feet. It took a bit of getting use to but after a few runs it became a really fun sensation. The more you ride it the more you like this sensation. You could make short or long radius turns and when you really layed in a carve it felt like a more aggressive all mountain board. Pretty interesting. The more time we have on this board the more we like it. We will say we liked carving a little bit more on the Graft Rocker because it was a little more stiff. Here is a nice little illustration that helps describe the Quick Rip sidecut. Its from the Agent Rocker but it’s just the same.
Speed: The Reverb Rocker has a nice fast base but it is not made for speed. It’s predesesor the Graft Rocker wasn’t good here either so a softer version isn’t going to be any better. We found this to be wobbly and chattery but so is every board like this. No surprise here.
Uneven Terrain: What is chattery at high speeds is great when it comes to slowing down and dealing with crappy bumpy snow. It moves over bumps like water over rocks which is great at slow speed but not fun at medium to fast speeds.
Approximate Weight– Not a feather weight but not a heavy board either. It’s a nice balance between durability and weight.
Edge Hold: For a soft hybrid rocker board this holds a very good edge. The Side cut that we described in the Turn Initiation category does a good job at gripping the snow. We like this and feel it’s border line excellent. We had no problem going through icy patches and keeping our edge on harder snow.
Flex: The Reverb Rocker is pretty soft. It’s not a noodle but it’s closer to the noodle side then it is to the medium side of things.
Switch: Perfect to ride switch. It’s a true twin with a centered stance so of course it does.
Jibbing– The Reverb Rocker is a very easy board to press, jib and butter around. It’s even better than the Graft that it replaced.
Pipe: The edge hold is there but it feels a bit loose in the pipe compared to many other boards we tried.
Jumps: The Reverb Rocker is a great jump board and although we didn’t go big it was fun anywhere in the park. It is very easy to generate your own air as well if you are looking to ollie anything.
All in all we liked the Reverb Rocker and feel its a great park board that can do pretty well if you want to carve at slower speeds as well.
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Rome Reverb Rocker User Reviews
I really like this board it is great for bobbing and just going around the snowboard,
The only problem is the top sheet chips relatively easily but this isn't a problem as much
Rome Reverb Rocker
Rome Reverb Rocker Review (also a demonstration of aliteration!)
Firstly about me: 5'11", 163lbs, size US10 boots, natural footer, front -15/back +15 and the next set of holes wider than standard stance (23"?)
Intermediate all mountain, can butter a bit, ollie/nollie, basic 180s, nothing too flash- life ambition in snowboarding: tame dog- then I can retire!
Conditions board has been ridden in: Australian resorts (Victoria), so nothing huge, but can still get some decent speed up. Everything from crappy slush, nice groomers, icy morning groomers, and believe it or not, some powder- 20cm of dry stuff (by our standards), and then heavy sticky powder ("sierra cement"??). Basically the whole spectrum that Australia dishes up- no knee deep or above fluff (unfortunately).
The board: 154 2011 model Reverb Rocker- soft flex as The Good Ride says, but a step up in stiffness from my 151 Box Sratcher (2013). Still, it is definitely a softer board, but enough stiffness for my fairly light frame.
The Quick Rip side cut is rad!! Great edge hold, probably only a step below magnatraction and equal to my Arbor Westmark's Grip Tech- smooth ride, but no sliding out on ice (yet!) I really enjoy this board for carving on groomers- I think it does a great job, considering how loose it feels before you engage an edge- i.e. very loose and playful for buttering etc, then when you dig an edge in, it holds in beautifully. Really like the feel of the Quick Rip- super fun, but super reliable.
Lots of spring with this board too. I love ollying off everything I can find, absolutely love it for this. A ton more pop than my Westmark (which is why I ride this heaps more!) Highly recommended for anyone who like to ollie/nollie.
Fairly fast base, certainly not disappointing, AND you wouldn't want to go absolutely flat knacker anyway as the soft flex does make the Reverb Rocker a bit sketchy when going fast on bumpy terrain- this would be the main shortcoming of this board- great for mellow/fun speeds, not too good at hauling arse.
Powder: had an epic powder day with about 15-20cm of light fresh loveliness and even with my centred stance it kept me up at all times without much stress on my back leg- you could feel the rocker really helping here- it's a serious bend upwards in the middle, hence the looseness/extra float. However, on a similarly "deep" day with much wetter, heavier snow, I did a significant amount of cartwheeling due to nose-diving. Could definitely benefitted from a bit more length, and maybe a stiffer flex to handle the under-pow bumps... Still, I could still have heaps of fun, but my back leg got more of a workout. I used to ride a camber 159 Burton Jussi, and although it was an unforgiving beast for my skill level, it was excellent in soft snow/bumps... but I've found most of the riding i do in Australia is much better suited to a shorter, more playful board. I'll only invest in a bigger, more serious workhorse for overseas missions.
Overall: a super fun board- plenty fast enough, playful enough, poppy as hell and reasonably priced! My Arbor Westmark 156 feels less springy by a mile, harder to turn, and just less playful. It feels good on a carve and may simply suit a different rider... but i prefer my Reverb Rocker as an everyday, go everywhere board. My Box Scratcher is for the smaller hills, patchy spring days and generally just mucking around at lower speeds.