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Rome Mod 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

The Details:

If any board is well-known for its ability to pop to the moon, it’s this; fans of serious airtime would do well to take a leaf out of Stale Sandbech’s book and consider the Rome Mod.

Said pop is primarily achieved thanks to the classic camber profile, but they’ve given it a bit of help along the way. Carbon rods help to load up the tail every time you ping, and there’s also a strip of something with the Power-Rangers-baddie name of ‘Zylon’ running down the centre. This increases end-to-end stiffness without making the whole board into a heavy plank, further stoking the fire of your ollie engine.

As a true twin, any and every trick should be on the table. If you’re giving it a hammering on the rails, the sidewalls will bear the brunt of the abuse thanks to a stretchy, shock-absorbing layer of material. Meanwhile when you take it off kickers and in the pipe, the lightweight core and laminate won’t hold you back.

If you’re one who likes pootling around the park and sticking to the smaller stuff, you might not want the Rome Mod’s specs. For the rider prepared to work for it, however, this really will launch you into a realm of new possibilities.

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Copsey – Onboard

“The Rome Mod is the board on which Ståle has been sending it over the past few seasons, and from the moment you set foot on it you’re left with no doubts that this is a high performance, powerful freestyle snowboard for those who want to push it.

Overall, the Mod is stiff and unforgiving, but super responsive and explosive when ridden hard. If you’re looking to hurl your bones off the bigger booters you need a board like this that will immediately react to your commands. The full camber and TurboRods help launch you off lips and out of carves while making sure you can hold onto heavy landings. You can feel a good amount of effective edge in play, adding to the precision and stability of its ride.

The Mod is a lightweight, lively freestyle board for riders at the higher end of the spectrum who want to get their stunt on wherever. Be warned, though: a mellow cruiser this is not.”

“If you’re looking to hurl your bones off the bigger booters you need a board like this that will immediately react to your commands.”

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