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Rome Mountain Division 2016-2017

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2017/2018 Rome Mountain Division here

 

  • Price: £500
  • Sizes: 155, 159, 163
  • Flex: 9
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • Shape: Directional True Twin
  • ROMESNOWBOARDS.COM

You’ve got to live a board with a Ronseal name. The Rome Mountain Division is built for hitting anything and everything – an all-terrain weapon if ever there were one.

The Rome Mountain Division has a setback camber profile, meaning that the camber bend sits underneath the back foot. As you move towards the nose, there’s a prominent rocker section. When riding the piste you’ll be able to hold a strong edge as normal, with no shortage of power as you exit a carve. When you get into the powder, the nose will naturally stay above the snow thanks to the upward bend, giving you the opportunity to scope ahead for your next hit.

“The carbon rods help you load up the rear of the board and increase the size of your ollies”

When you find something worth launching off, you’ll be glad of the two-inch-wide strip of Zylon that runs from nose to tail. That might sound like something out of a science fiction story, but it’s very real. It boasts more tensile strength than even carbon, and even Kevlar, so it delivers more pop while barely affecting the overall weight.

Also, look at the topsheet and you’ll see two protrusions sticking out near the tail. These are carbon rods, which help you load up the rear of the board and increase the size of your ollies. They also affect the torsional stiffness, making your edge changes quicker and more powerful.

Thanks to the ‘AirPop’ core, with hollow sections for a lighter load, the Rome Mountain Division just hangs in the air. The sidewalls are pretty clever too; between two sections of the kind of ABS material that’s found in many boards, there’s a stretchy rubber layer that helps to cancel out some of the chatter that can lead to foot fatigue. It’s also got terrific shock-absorbing qualities, so it’s able to reduce the damage when you ding your edge.

Finished off with a super-fast sintered base, the Rome Mountain Division is packing plenty of top tech in a refined all-mountain wrapper. No matter where you end up this winter, having this board under your feet is highly recommended.

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Copsey – Onboard

This one is super lively with a construction that powers you out of turns, yet it’s still a whole bunch of fun to pop, slash and butter around on when not blasting at Mach 10.

“Super lively with a construction that powers you out of turns, yet still a whole bunch of fun”

If natural hits, side hits, riding powder and going fast are top of your agenda you’ll love taking the Rome Mountain Division for a spin, but it’ll also cope with some park laps. Just don’t take this if you want more than the occasional terrain park run, because this thing definitely reaches its full potential in the backcountry.

Trade Secrets

Thomas Delfino – Team Rider, Rome

I used to be focused on jumps – jumps in the park, jumps in the backcountry. It was good to spend all this time in the air, but then I started to spend more time on the ground. I wanted to go faster, make some bigger sprays, sharper turns, and still be able to jump big and land safely in all kinds of snow. This was when I started to ride the Rome Mountain Division.

I think she is the perfect board to charge, wherever you are. On the steepest powder runs or on an impressive giant booter, the directional shape makes her so easy to ride and also so precise. I know that when I need some power, she gives it back to me in stokeness. The more power you give, the more stoked you will be.

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