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Rome Kashmir 2018-2019 Women’s Snowboard Review

Despite their all-mountain credentials, flat-based boards aren’t for everyone. However, if you are partial to a zero-camber design, then no-one has nailed it quite like Rome. A relatively new true twin, the Rome Kashmir women’s snowboard is just one example of how the future could be flat.

Despite the pointy ends and the name, the Rome Kashmir isn’t aimed at the big-mountain rider. It can handle powder, of course, and the shape does make sinking the tail a bit easier, but it’s as far from a specialist freeride weapon as you can get.

“The easy-going biax fibreglass has been given a carbon-enhanced boost, making it lively and responsive”

The Kashmir leans more heavily towards freestyle snowboarding. The base is a specially strengthened version of extruded, allowing it to brush off heavy rail sessions. Flat boards are great for hitting park features, as the lack of contact points means you’re less likely to have a nasty hang-up.

The easy-going biax fibreglass has been given a carbon-enhanced boost, making it lively and responsive without taking on the personality of a no-nonsense carver. As for getting airborne, the profile’s natural weakness in that department is compensated with a bamboo rod that runs down the centre of the board, which can be loaded up for a bit more pop at take-off.

“The base is a specially strengthened version of extruded, allowing it to brush off heavy rail sessions”

The Rome Kashmir’s not just for the kickers and rails, though; while perhaps a bit too stiff to butter at will, getting a good burn down the groomers is always an option. Rome has separated each sidecut into five different zones, and applied different radii in order to make this flat board grip the piste feel stronger on an edge than you’d expect.

Those with no interest at all in freestyle will still get a kick out of the Kashmir, then, but there are perhaps other boards better suited to straight-up cruising. For those riders who love to sift through the trick bag on every trip, from the first dump of the winter to the sun-baked end-of-season blowout, then we reckon the Rome Kashmir has your name on it.

Oh and check out that price!

Tester’s Verdict

Hannah Baileyneonstash.com

“I’m like a moth to a neon light when it comes to creative shapes, which us ladies have less of a choice when it comes to, so after trying the Salomon Pillow Talk I was straight on to this.

“The flat profile design allows you to ride this from park to powder”

The Kashmir is a maximum-fun-time board that’s great for a playful ride all over the mountain. Yes. it has a pointed nose and tail, but the flat profile design allows you to ride this from park to powder.

I took out the 146, a fun size and shape to try on relatively good snow conditions that we had that day. I liked it, it wasn’t my favourite, but it would definitely get a second date.”

Trade Secrets

Paul Marevetz – Co-founder, Rome

“When I designed the Kashmir, I felt that most board options in the market for women focused predominantly on graphics, and very little on high-end performance. They almost never pushed things on the shape/style front.

With the Kashmir I was looking to design a freestyle board that would ride well all over the mountain, but also one that would give women riders a shape personality that really stood out from other women’s offerings. That’s where the somewhat aggressive looking twin tip and tail profile was inspired from.

On snow it’s incredibly fun and versatile while not hiding that it’s got a lot of attitude.”

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