The Rome Vinyl is very much like the Burton Feelgood but it’s not a copy. It’s a long story but the Feelgood is a female version of the Burton Custom. The burton custom was created by one of the main guys of Rome so this has a lot of similarities with the Feelgood.
For 2011 the Rome Vinyl has added some new tech. Most of it will add subtle advantages to the pop but there won’t be a terribly huge difference between 2010 and 2011. For 2012 not much has changed with the Vinyl except for there is an upgrade to the pop tech that helps a bit with the springy feel but the ride is pretty much the same.
On Snow Feel: This is a fun mountain board for the more technical camber focused rider. It’s got a good stable ride between the feet but it can be catchy if you aren’t on your game. It’s got a solid feel and it likes to jump, ollie and carve.
Powder: With a twinish shape and not much set back this board is not going to blow your mind in the deep stuff but it’s exactly what you would expect for a cambered board. It will be fun until it gets really deep.
Turn Initiation and Carving– It’s easy to turn for a mid flexing board. It makes big carving turns fun but if you need to make a quick turn in a jam it will be very responsive. This is not for a beginner but will take a little while to get use to if you are an intermediate. Advanced to Expert riders will appreciate this board immediately and enjoy its ability to turn.
Speed: There is a fast base, mid flexing and very damp. You can straight line this thing without issues and it handles bigger longer mountains very well.
Uneven Terrain: As it gets chewed up and a little bumpy it’s pretty forgiving for it’s flex.
Approximate Weight– It felt a little more on the heavier side of things compared to other boards of it’s size and riding style. It’s pretty sturdy though.
Edge Hold: This board will climb a steep icy pipe wall but it won’t be the best board on an icy day. Ice sucks but if it’s something you have to face all the time look for a different board. If you ride in mainly good conditions like we do then this board handles most situations we deal with.
Flex: This is on the stiffer side of mid flexing which makes for a good all mountain board.
Jibbing– Great for a visit but you don’t want this as your jib specialist. Its sturdy and slides well but the flex isn’t going to be as forgiving as some boards if you are getting into the more challenging boxes/rails then it will not please you.
Switch: This is a twinish shape with a centered stance so it’s pretty good switch but there is a difference between switch and regular that will take a little while to dial out. It’s not the same like twins are.
Pipe: It climbs the wall well and isn’t bad for a technical camber loving rider. We’d like to see a little more grip here. We felt that there are other boards that really did a better job than this board but again this to try and learn everything instead of excel in one.
Jumps: Go big or small and this board will be there for you.