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Rome Powder Division ST 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

Despite their origins on America’s east coast (aka the ice coast), the guys behind Rome Snowboards know a thing or two about powder – and nowhere is it more apparent than in the Powder Division range. Consisting of four different models, there’s a shape in here for every pitch. This one, the Rome Powder Division ST snowboard, is the smallest.

As with all downsized freeride boards, the Rome Powder Division ST compensates with an increased waist width (a whopping 28.4cm in this case), so you’ll have no issues staying above the deep stuff. The tail helps too, as does the nose which is both rockered and slightly convex.

“A carbon rod placed down the middle helps to make up for the lack of tail power”

No-one buys a board like the Rome Powder Division ST for its pop, but a carbon rod placed down the middle helps to make up for the lack of tail power. When you come across a perfect natural take-off, that’ll come in handy.

You won’t find the very highest level of Rome’s tech arsenal in this, but that’s fine. The sintered base is still pretty rapid, and the core is nice and light too. Given that you should mainly be using this to duck in and out of tight trees rather than gun it to 88, those are smart decisions that help to keep the overall cost down.

The Rome Powder Division ST is a quiver board for sure, but one well worth considering.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike Brindleywhitelines.com

Where boards like the K2 Cool Bean take the short wide shape to its logical conclusion, Rome’s Powder Division has gone some way down that path, but stopped short of cutting out all of the tail from behind you – leaving you with a board that’s undoubtedly a powder seeker, but isn’t afraid of a bit of pop either.

“With a clear trail ahead of you, both on and off piste, this thing is bloody lovely”

With a clear trail ahead of you, both on and off piste, this thing is bloody lovely. The setback camber gives a cruisey feel, and the balance between big nose and cutaway tail is just right for sitting centred and taking control.

When the trails start to get tracked, or the pistes choppy, that’s where the power struggle starts. If (like me) you tend to tire a little bit on a mid-week afternoon, you might find yourself hankering for something slightly softer, with a little less waist when it comes to dodging divots, as the combination of those two can make it feel a little strong-willed. But as soon as find your way back to an un-mined powder pocket, and the rewards are endless!

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