The Rome Romp Snowboard is a new board this year that seems to have replaced the hybrid camber Rome Jett. The Jett was a good board but it was more like a cheap well made light board but it was more for advanced riders. The new Romp enters the world of boards like the K2 Bright Lite where it offers riders of almost any level a good ride for any level.
Mostly camber hybrid camber can be a little tricky for a beginner or intermediate when trying to progress with all mountain riding and it’s not the easiest in powder. That is why we think Rome dropped the Jett and introduced the Rome Romp to their line. The romp is one of the better beginner to intermediate all mountain boards out there. There are better advanced boards but it isn’t bad here.
On Snow Feel: The flat and additional edge hold between the feet as well as the flat between the feet makes it a stable ride for groomers and one footing off the chair.
Powder: In powder the Romp has about the same or a tiny bit less float than the K2 Bright Lite. That means its flat to rocker profile and setback stance will be very easy for directional powder riding.
Turn Initiation and Carving– The Romp is easy to turn without being twitchy or too easy. It’s right in the middle of easy. It can handle short radius turns very well and it’s pretty fun with wider radius turns. When you get into carving it’s flat profile lacks something that many boards with some camber have that offer up a good feeling on a carve. That being said the quick rip side cut and concave profile at the end of the board make for a pretty fun ride for a flat to rocker board when carving.
Speed: This isn’t going to melt the snow but it can handle moderate speeds and doesn’t throw up a lot of chatter. It’s very forgiving in all kinds of terrain and offers pretty good shock absorption when riding in less than ideal conditions.
Uneven Terrain: Really great handling a wrong turn down a mogul run and great dealing with crowded end of the day snow.
Approximate Weight- It’s a pretty light board and easy on the feet when riding the chair.
Edge Hold: Even though the nose/tail are turned up at the sides and there is a flat to rocker profile the quick rip side cut makes for edge hold that can handle all but truly icy conditions very well. From snowment to powder you will always feel secure and this is the kind of edge hold that makes for a good all conditions ride. It’s better than many camber boards out there that are much stiffer.
Flex: This flex is more on the soft side of medium and makes for a forgiving easy to butter or press kind of ride.
Switch: The Romp has a true twin flex so you can center it up on groomer days and ride switch just like you would with a true twin. The only thing keeping the Romp from being perfect is the stance width options are a little limited for riding switch.
Jibbing– The med/soft true twin flex makes for a pretty decent jib park ride and allows someone a little bit of a confidence boost with it’s forgiving tip/tail.
Pipe: It’s got the edge hold to ride the pipe in all conditions but it’s just not a dedicated pipe board. Great for learning though.
Jumps: There is a nice snappy return when you want to ollie and it has a nice stable approach to kickers that helps one build up a little confidence when launching. It’s also pretty forgiving/catch free when it’s time to land too.
This type of design covers a wide range of riding skills and styles and is about as close as you can get to an all mountain ride. All in all the Rome Romp is a nice upgrade from the Jett and makes it a better all mountain ride for riders of any level in most conditions worth riding.