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Rome Agent 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

The Rome Agent has been around for a long time, and has changed a lot over the years. These days it serves as the signature board of Alek Østreng, a veteran Roman who remains one of the most exciting riders around.

This one is only available in Alek’s preferred size of 155cm, so that rules a lot of snowboarders out. For those who fit the bill, however, the Rome Agent offers up an all-mountain solution with a freestyle focus.

“The Rome Agent offers up an all-mountain solution with a freestyle focus”

It’s very nearly a true twin, so much so that you can ride this all day in the park as if it were, and the camber profile gives it explosive pop. It’s pretty stiff, so those who like to get spontaneous on rail lines may struggle, but for big hits and locked-in slides this thing is tip top.

The triax fibreglass makes this very responsive from edge to edge, although the 30-degree layup is a little mellower than some versions. When you want to blast around the mountain at high speeds, the Rome Agent is therefore quick to obey without needing to be tamed.

With a high-end sintered base finishing it off, the Rome Agent has got all the hallmarks of a go-anywhere, do-anything board – although if you’re not getting airborne, whether in the park or not, then you’re missing a trick.

Tester’s Verdict

Danny Burrowsonboardmag.com

“The Rome Agent was the first board I rode at The Selection, and I wish I could have held onto it for the rest of the week. This outstanding true camber stick is an all-in-one quiver, packed with pop, responsive turnability and fun in the softer tip and tail.

“This board had to be prized from my grip at the end of the day”

Our first day on the hill involved shredding some of the resort’s secret stashes with a foot and a half of fresh on an already good base. It blasted through the pow, gave me wings off rollers and side hits, and performed like a real snowboard should.

This board had to be prized from my grip at the end of the day. I loved it to death!”

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