Rome Warden 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 146, 149, 152, 155, 157W, 158, 160W
  • Flex: 4
  • Profile: Camrock
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £350/€400

Why we chose the Rome Warden Snowboard: Unbelievable amount of bang for your buck. 

The Warden has bust out of its confines, brand new for 2020 and ready to make a name for itself. Aimed solidly as a price point all-mountain board, it just goes to show you don’t have to part with stacks of cash to walk away with a super high-quality deck.

“It just goes to show you don’t have to part with stacks of cash to walk away with a super high-quality deck”

Utilising Rome’s Fusion Camber profile, it has a small early-rise rocker zone in the tip and tail. This slight rocker will help to keep the board surfing along nicely when you’re off the beaten track, rather than you leaning so far back your back leg feels like it’s been chewed off. The rocker will also mellow up the board a little by stopping it from catching its edges so easily.

The long camber section in the middle of the board adds aggression and injects life into the board, keeping it ready to ollie high at the drop of a hat. It also keeps it steady and stable on piste and makes sure your carves are held rock solid.

The XTRD base is high-end extruded and is built to withstand anything you can throw at it. It’s easily repairable, absorbs wax well and can take a beating, while it’s not the fastest base on the hill, look after it and it’ll look after you.

“The XTRD base is high-end extruded and is built to withstand anything you can throw at it”

Two bamboo rods have been added in to improve performance without adding weight. Each rod starts under a binding and extends out towards the tip, this adds explosive pop out of the end of the ollie and keeps you sailing up with ease. They also increase the torsional stiffness of the board, so you’ll end up with a better and quicker edge to edge response.

A softer flexing model, it’ll be perfect for newer riders to build up confidence, with the ability to push themselves as they progress. It’s not a ‘beginner board’ that you’ll outgrow after a week of riding. Or if you’re a baller on a budget, and you’re looking for a go anywhere, do anything shred stick that isn’t gonna break the bank, then you’re in the right place.

Tester’s Verdict

Paul WoolProfessor

“Wow, this is a great value snowboard. I wrote this review back in Jan 2019 and am somewhat aghast to find out the price tag – this is a bargain. Packed full of tech and learnings from the rest of the exceptional Rome line up, the new kid on the block, the Rome Warden rode exceptionally well across the whole mountain. Having been on a similar board during the days before, I found the Warden to hold its own in the face of boards like the Burton Custom and the Capita Outerspace living.

“Beginner/Intermediates looking for their first board should strongly consider this, it has a premium feel of a board twice the price”

A deep ass sidecut and camber right under foot with mellow rockered tips, this is my kind of snowboard. It doesn’t challenge massively in terms of speed and power, but it is a super stable confidence booster in the face of some chopped up powder runs and mogul infested slopes. It carves very well, holding a solid edge; the flex is somewhere in the middle, but definitely allows for fast carves, long and low.

It jibs and jumps really well. It felt great for ollies and small jumps, all the way through to big line kickers where it didn’t feel massively out of place.

Beginner and intermediates looking for their first board should strongly consider this. It has a premium feel of a board twice the price, and is a great all rounder that makes life easy allowing progression and good times. More experienced riders may find it a bit underwhelming,  but that doesn’t change the fact that this has a lot to offer.”

Trade Secrets

Matt Stillman – International Marketing Manager, Rome SDS

“New for 19/20, the Warden is our latest offering for riders who want the performance of Fusion Camber at a friendlier price point. Built to lay down euro carves, poach tree runs and slash windlips with style, the Warden is a board that wants to go fast. With a directional twin shape and deep sidecut, the Warden is all business when it comes to all-mountain liberation..”


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