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Rome Lo-Fi 2018-2019 Women’s Snowboard Review

The Rome Lo-Fi women’s snowboard is one of the few to be available in both rocker and camber versions (or close enough to both, anyway). This here is the ‘camber’ version, which is slightly stiffer than its counterpart.

The profile isn’t technically ‘true’ camber, just like the other one isn’t really a rocker (it’s almost entirely flat). Both have a little rocker at each end of the board, though. In the case of this one, that makes it a little more fun and forgiving without losing the ability to properly pop or hold a strong edge.

“A single rod of bamboo down the centre line makes it even easier to load up for explosive take-offs”

You’ll probably be doing more of the former than the latter, given the Rome LoFi’s true twin shape. The core is pretty airtime-friendly too, being light and snappy. There’s also a single rod of bamboo down the centre line, which makes it even easier to load up for explosive take-offs.

The biax laminate makes this more fun than the flex rating would suggest; you can twist it through the waist with ease, when you want to wind up for a big spin or really poke out a press. Whatever you choose to do with this, do it fast; the sintered base is highly regarded, and combined with the pop will ensure you always make it to the landing.

Hund down the rocker section if you’re more into rails, but for everyone else the Rome Lofi women’s snowboard excels as a cambered deck.

Tester’s Verdict

Sarah Fishgypsysnowboarding.com

“I was on the camber version of the LoFi, and I was in no doubt that it had the fastest base I have ridden. When lapping Morzine’s baby stash with ‘the lads’ (who weigh a lot more than me), I was accelerating past them like the brown stuff off a shovel…..

“This board brought a big fat smile to my face”

As a park board it is happiest on jumps, offering so much stability in the air it felt effortless. Fast, carvy side-hit laps are a favourite too. It’s not as forgiving on rails and lacks jibby freedom – but remember that’s why they do a rocker version too.

If you have the need for speed and air time then this is definitely a contender – you will always be steaming ahead of the pack. This board brought a big fat smile to my face, and left me feeling like I was flying around the mountain.”

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