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Rome Mountain Division 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 155, 159, 160W, 163, 164W
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £569 / €629

The Rome Mountain Division snowboard is not to be confused with the Rome Powder Division – but then given the funky shape of the latter, it’s not likely that you would. This one is more conventional in its design, thus better suited to the all-rounder.

It’s still pretty geared towards freeriding, though. The camber profile is based around your back foot, with a flat section near the front. This’ll make it easier than a standard camber to keep on top of the powder, aided a little by the differing shapes in the nose and tail.

“Curved strips of dampening material cancel out vibrations and deliver a more stable ride over bumpy terrain”

That profile will also give you plenty of power in the turns, something that you can appreciate just as much on the piste as in the backcountry. The tail is supercharged with two carbon rods that curve away from the back foot towards the contact points, perfect for when you want to launch a cliff or kick up a cloud.

Foot fatigue is reduced by Rome’s ‘BuzzKill’ design. Curved strips of dampening material (picture a café’s ‘We Have WiFi’ sign) cancel out vibrations and deliver a more stable ride over bumpy terrain. It’s a new feature that, for now at least, is only found on this board.

With a quick sintered base and fibreglass that’s responsive but not ruthless, the Rome Mountain Twin remains an excellent all-mountain option.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthiewhitelines.com

If you like a powerful tail, the Rome Mountain Division may be what you’ve been looking for. The board is still overall, but you can instantly feel how it’s loaded up at the back. Making it work for you doesn’t take a Herculean effort, but you do have to be pretty switched on.

“There’s just not much of an excitement factor with this board. Perhaps that’s unfair, as it doesn’t have any obvious flaws”

Everything else about the Mountain Division says ‘dependable all-mountain workhorse’. It’s not all that lively, but does a great job at killing chatter. It’s light, but not remarkably so.

If these sound like criticisms… well, I guess they are. There’s just not much of an excitement factor with this board. Perhaps that’s unfair, as unlike plenty of other boards I could mention, it doesn’t have any obvious flaws.

But now that there’s so many boards out there that get the heart racing (including several elsewhere in Rome’s stable), it’s hard to get too worked up about the Mountain Division, as serviceable as it may be.”

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