Rome Tour Review And Buying Advice
|Riding Style||All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Beginner - Advanced|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||SWS in Dubai|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Rome Tour 2016 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride
The Rome Tour is a solid choice for beginners and intermediates that are sure they want to explore the park but also want time on the mountain too. It’s got a twin flex and shape but a set back stance which is great for learning to ride powder. So I’d say it’s a freestyle board that can act like a skate board most of the time but when it dumps it can act like a surf board.
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Conditions: Moderate Powder (1ft) to snowment that was borderline icy.
Riders: James and Dave (Dave owns this)
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Ion and Burton Imperial
Bindings: Now IPO, Burton Cartel, Rome Mob
Set Up- Centered 22 inches wide 15 front -15 back. Set Back 22 Wide 15 front -6 back. Centered 23 inches wide 15 front -15 back.
The Rome Crail was a very good board. It was light, snappy and fun board for intermediate to expert all-mountain riders at a reasonable price. The one thing it really wasn’t was a good beginner to the intermediate board for this time. This is why we are glad that Rome dropped this and introduced the flat to sort of rocker Tour to their line. It’s no longer the advanced to expert ride that the Crail was but it’s an excellent beginner/intermediate ride for a wide variety of riding styles. It’s also a decent board for advanced riders.
On Snow Feel– The flat between the bindings that then leads to a point at the tip/tail and additional edge hold between the feet makes it a semi-stable catch-free ride for flat groomers and one footing off the chair. Many flat to rocker boards are more stable than the Rome Tour because it starts to lift the sides after the bindings and then the lifted area increases all the way to the tip/tail. As a result, it makes it looser and it feels less like a flat to rocker board and a little more like a continuous rocker board underfoot. The 2016 Rome Tour has the lifted sides start earlier/closer to the bindings than older models making it even looser than before. Conversely, it’s less catchy than before and very easy to skid a turn or spin out without crashing. It’s a versatile ride for those that want to try everything from Jibs to jumps, to the pipe to mountain riding.
Powder: In powder, the Tour has a little less float than the K2 Raygun which makes it a decent powder board. That means its unique flat to rocker profile combined with a setback stance will be pretty for directional powder riding.
Turn Initiation– The Tour is easy to turn without being twitchy or too easy. It can handle short radius turns very well and it’s pretty fun with wider radius turns.
Carving– When you get into carving it’s flat profile going to lifted sides lacks something that many boards with some camber have that offer up a good spring out of the turn. Also the lifted sides give you a feeling like you have more flat underfoot but when you lay into the turn it wants to wash out.
Speed: This isn’t going to melt the snow but it can handle moderate speeds and doesn’t throw up a lot of chatter.
Uneven Terrain: It’s very forgiving in all kinds of terrain and offers pretty good shock absorption when riding in less than ideal conditions.
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 sidecut 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 on the soft side of medium in between the feet. On the tip/tail, it seems softer, easy to butter, press and very forgiving. It’s one of those boards that doesn’t offer much resistance any way you want to flex it.
Switch: The Tour 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 Tour from being perfect is the stance width options are a little limited for centering it up to ride switch. If you can center it right with your stance it’s excellent.
Jibbing– The soft true twin flex makes for a pretty decent jib park ride and allows someone a little bit of a confidence boost with its 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: It’s not a really poppy board when it comes to a carve but there is a nice snappy return when you want to ollie. It has a nice stable approach to kickers that helps one build up a little confidence when launching. It’s also pretty forgiving and catch-free when it’s time to land too.
This type of design covers a wide range of riding styles and is about as close as you can get to an all mountain ride for most curious beginners and intermediate riders. All in all the Rome Tour is a good board for those with a lot of park curiosity but still, want a board that can offer a good directional surfy ride in powder.
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Rome Tour User Reviews
Solid board for just messing around, would be excellent for beginners. I got an older model for pretty cheap just to experiment with a different camber.
Handles well in spring time slush and bumps.
Decent in powder.
Very easy to make tight turns, handled very well in tight trees.
Very forgiving board when landing small side hit jumps.
Kinda sketchy at high speeds.
3D base + high speed carves = washing out
Almost no pop whatsoever, board just seemed too soft to get any decent pop out of it. This may be because either I am washed up and old, or I am used to stiff cambered boards.
Overall, this is a fun board to cruise around the mountain, hitting little side jumps, ducking into trees and just messing around. Would be perfect for a beginner, a very forgiving and easy to ride board, just don't expect to get all aggressive with it.
I'd give it 5 stars for someone new to snowboarding, 2 stars to anyone beyond an intermediate.
A bit of a letdown
I tried snowboarding in March 2015 and fell in love, so much so that I bought all my own equipment this past summer: 2016 Rome Tour 156, Flux DS, Burton Moto
My rental board for my first experience was a 2011 Rossignol Trickstick, with Head bindings and boots. The bindings were soft and the boots didn't even fit, but I loved snowboarding anyway. I visited Steamboat in December 2015 with my all-new setup. At first I was not comfortable on the board, it felt too catchy, so I went into the shop at Steamboat, and they filed down the edges near the nose and tail. This definitely helped, but I continued to notice that the board wasn't quite as stable at lower speeds and on narrow, gentle runs as the Trickstick. The guys at the shop said it was probably due to the flat profile on the Tour vs. the camber of the Trickstick. Despite the latter being apparently more difficult to learn, I felt like I was a better rider on it. Perhaps I just need more time to get accustomed to brand new everything: bindings, boots and a board.
I attempted my first blue runs ever at Steamboat and once I got over the initial fear, the Tour performed well, I just feel like it's not as easy to maintain one direction as the Trickstick. With this board I feel like I constantly need to turn for it to feel stable. In other words, I can't just put the board on the heel edge with slight pressure and ride in a straight line - it feels very unstable doing that. I suppose it wants to be skidded more than it wants to turn, and perhaps that's why it's hard for this board to go in a straight line. Granted I am not an expert, but by my 3rd day ever on a snowboard, I could link my turns on that Trickstick and felt very stable on narrow green runs where I needed to maintain one direction for a while. Not so on the Tour.
I'm going to keep the Tour for a bit longer and give it more evaluation, but I'm not as happy with it as I thought I was going to be. James mentioned that the 2016 model has its sides turned up even more than before, and I made the choice for this board based on information about the 2015 and prior models, so it's my fault for going with the 2016. : )
it's just a great board
I bought this board after reading reviews and TGR review, and especially after the personal advice of James Biesty., well...this is the email thank you I wrote him:
.....Your advice of buying the Rome Tour 156 was excellent!!! It is an amazing board with so much playfulness,
Although it's only my second week of snowboarding I was able to easily do the Olie, succeeded to do 180 diagonal jumps (on the ground of course, with minimal crashes!), butter 360(and 720 and etc. :))and it's a very forgiving and playful board.
...You've been so helpful. Thanks you!...
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