Rome Agent Snowboard 2022-2023
PRICE: £420 / €500 / $500
The Rome Agent is the Mr. Brightside of the Whitelines 100. Each year other boards come and go, yet this one’s flag remains planted high in the charts. We’re not sure it’d go down quite as well at a wedding, mind.
So crucial to Rome’s early success was the Agent that it’s the only board the brand has honoured with a 20th anniversary graphic – an old favourite from the UK-based Neasden Control Centre. The standard red-and-black version will be easier to get your hands on, and both will deliver a top experience on the hill.
Who Is The Rome Agent For?
The catchment area for this board is, frankly, huge. It’s not too stiff, not too soft, ready for the park yet capable of so much more. The Rome Agent is a true all-rounder, and just such a blast to ride whatever the agenda.
Rome Artifact Pro Snowboard 2022-2023
PRICE: £420 / €500 / $500
Name a more universally beloved freestyle board than the Rome Artifact; we’ll wait. For years it has sat at the very top of the tree, rivalled by a tiny smattering of others – and we don’t expect that to change any time soon.
That being said, its fun-on-a-bun personality does make it a bit noodly for the biggest features in the park. Just a bit of extra stiffness, combined with a few other tweaks here and there, and it’d be a different story. Step forward the new Rome Artifact Pro.
Who Is The Rome Artifact Pro For?
Like we said, anyone who liked the original up to a point, but found it wanting when things got serious, will prefer this one. The dial hasn’t been turned up too far, though, so the Rome Artifact Pro remains accessible to a wide range of riders.
Rome Heist Women’s Snowboard 2022-2023
PRICE: £370 / €430 / $430
It’s oft been said that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, and the Rome Heist consolidates this concept completely. Separately, the materials aren’t the highest end options in Rome’s toy box but when you add them together and mix in all the features of the Heist you end up with a really versatile, confidence boosting snowboard that’s super fun to ride.
Who Is The Rome Heist For?
Any rider who’s got to grips with the basics and is looking to expand their bag of tricks without being confined solely to the park. There’s no upper limit on rider ability for a snowboard like the Heist, so, intermediate and advanced riders, fill your boots.
Rome Ravine Snowboard 2022-2023
PRICE: £470 / €530 / $530
Despite all the shapes on offer these days, few snowboarders actually load their bags with more than one deck – especially if they’re flying. The all-mountain, one-board-to-do-it-all quiver killer therefore remains the biggest segment in the market. In the past, these were almost indistinguishable from park decks, being twin tips with a stiffer, slightly directional flex and/or a subtly set back stance (see Burton Custom). But what the new wave of silhouettes has proven is that fully directional boards – done right – can still mix it on jumps while delivering proper, grin-inducing float in powder. Enter the Rome Ravine.
Who Is The Rome Ravine For?
Riders who don’t want the stress or expense of choosing from multiple boards, but who’d like something a bit more exciting than a bog standard directional twin. And these days, that’s most people.
Rome Freaker Snowboard 2022-2023
PRICE: £400 / €470 / $470
Designed in collaboration with Rene Rinnekangas, the Rome Freaker got totally overhauled last year and continues to impress in its sophomore showing. All-mountain is a relative term, but realistically for the most part, the Freaker is a daily driver that’s just as at home lapping the park as it is laying into carves.
A versatile camrock profile is the calling card of most all-terrain snowboards, and here the Freaker doesn’t live up to its name but instead conforms to the norm. While you may notice the slightly directional outline, for all intents and purposes the Freaker will ride for the most part like a twin when you’re wanting to get creative and playful. You’ll be slightly more comfortable riding in your preferred stance when you want to charge though, thanks to the internal layup which includes Rome’s Bamboo Omega Hotrods. You’ll find these most prominently in the tail, supercharging the back foot for big slashes, stability through the whole arc of a turn and some extra ollie power.
Rome Stale Mod Snowboard 2022-2023
PRICE: £530 / €600 / $600
‘Designed by Ståle, ridden by everyone’ is the tagline for Rome’s Ståle collection this season, and we can see why. The broad appeal of the boards covers a huge range of riding styles and abilities, and while we wouldn’t recommend the Stale Mod to a complete novice, anyone from intermediate all the way to pro level could rip on this thing.
Ståle’s slopestyle board of choice, this is slightly more freestyle oriented than the others in the line, with its twin shape and poppy camber profile on hand for big airs and butters. At a 7/10 it’s on the stiffer end of the spectrum flex-wise, but torsionally it’s a little more playful and forgiving thanks to the softer biax laminates. Rome certainly hasn’t skimped with the Ståle Mod, and as such it sits at a slightly higher price point than the OG Party Mod.
Rome Stale Crewzer Snowboard 2022-2023
PRICE: £450 / €530 / $530
Most riders are lucky to get one pro model snowboard, but Ståle Sandbech? He gets three. The Stale Crewzer from Rome is his all-terrain destroyer, a board that’s built to handle every eventuality. A few nifty upgrades for 22/23 have taken the Crewzer to new heights and promise to turn the dial up to 11.
Rome have kitted out the Crewzer with their Fusion Camber profile, combining playful rocker in the nose and tail with a poppy and exuberant camber midbody. New for this season, the Crewzer uses Rome’s Flax Impact Plates for additional durability and some added shock absorption. The Crewzer is, by design, not targeted to any one specific area of riding, and as such that means it’ll probably get beaten out by something more specific when push comes to shove, but for a single board, it manages to do everything pretty damn well. If you’ve only got the space or budget for one deck, the Crewzer is a pretty neat option.
Rome Stale Fish Snowboard 2022-2023
PRICE: £400 / €470 / $470
An institution unto himself, Ståle doesn’t just get one pro model, he gets a whole fleet and the Stale Fish is a powder hunting party wagon. Easily one of the most fun boards in Rome’s lineup, the Stale Fish is built for easy float in the soft stuff.
Short ‘n’ stubby decks have dominated the powder game in recent years, and the Stale Fish sticks with the status quo here, but with a few Rome specific twists to up the ante. The directional shape, 20mm taper, setback stance and 3D rockered nose will do the heavy lifting when you strike white gold, but also helps the Stale Fish to keeps things super cruisey when you take it on the hardpack. You’re probably not going to be lapping the park with this thing, but for stoke inducing pow runs, nipple tingling carves and slush slashin’ good times? Buckle up and hold onto your hat.
Rome Muse Snowboard 2022-2023
PRICE: £400 / €450 / $450
What’s in a name? Quite a lot, actually. The Rome Muse is pure inspiration, designed to let your express yourself no matter where you decide to take it. Although it’s a newer addition to the roster, the Muse has already picked up a legion of loyal followers and continues to impress a huge range of riders.
Versatility is the name of the game here, with it’s adaptable camrock profile, middle of the road flex and directional twin outline the Muse won’t be caught short whether you’re seshing the rail garden or sniffing out pow stashes. Rome have suped up the Muse with their Bamboo Omega Hotrods, these sit in the nose and tail of the board and add some explosive ollie power when you load them up, but also keep the boards extremities playful for pressing and buttering. Park, piste, pow- you name it, the Muse will handle it.