From top UK talent like Angus Leith to legends like Bjorn Leines, Rome is the brand of choice for some of the most respected riders around. You might have spotted this particular model under the feet of slopestyle hero Stale Sandbech last season as he scooped up medals at the X Games and Olympics.
As you can imagine, this is built to satisfy the Norseman’s need for a high-end freestyle stick that’s always stable off big booters. With that in mind it’s not surprising to learn that carbon plays a big part here; the Rome Mod features ‘Turborods’, curved stringers that you can actually see poking out of the topsheet. These employ kinetic energy when you pop, with pretty mind-blowing results. There’s also some carbon infused into the sintered base to increase the top speed. You’ll also find a 1-inch-thick strip of a synthetic polymer called Zylon – as used in top-end tennis raquets and even some of the Mars rovers – running from nose to tail that provides extra response. As has been the case for a few years now, Rome also releases a rocker version of the Mod that’s slightly softer. Look to that one if camber’s not your thing.
“Due to the stiffness and the sidecut, this one is super responsive as soon as you put your weight into the turns. You need to make sure you’re paying attention or it will chew you up and spit you out, but you’ll be fine as long as you like to ride aggressively. The loaded carbon rods make you work for the pop but when it comes, it sends you to the stratosphere. This didn’t disappoint in any way; my favourite board out of all that I tested” – Joe Cavanagh