The Rome Agent is one of those snowboards that has become an iconic staple of a line. I still remember the first year this board came out and how many people sought after it. So going into 2014 how does it stack up compared to years past?
Board: Rome Agent
Camber Option: Traditional Camber
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: It was as if the chairlift let us off on the ice planet of Hoth. High winds, heavy snow, white everywhere, and then the sun came out. There were a few inches of fresh on top of the corduroy.
Flex: A true consistent flex that make it playful yet responsive with a bit of play in the tips. There was a bit of torsional give which makes the board arc well through carves.
Stability: There’s no fear of getting bucked with this board as it’s just a smooth lively ride. From ice chunder to powdery push mounds it handled all with a breeze.
Ollies: The carbon rod in the tip coupled with traditional camber allows for superior pop. Once you load the tip up the rebound snap just boosts you.
Pop On Jumps: This board is at home on jumps with that carbon rod in the tip, it’s flex pattern, and being traditional camber.
Butterability: Pressing on snow doesn’t come easily but it’s do able once you find the sweet spot in the tips and get your weight over the board where you want it.
Jibbing: This board will lock into presses if you know how to ride a cambered board. Just be prepared to not have it be as easy as an alternate cambered deck.
Carving: The sidecut is great for mellow set up turns or laying hard Euro-carves. With traditional camber you just drive into the contact points and it locks in.
Rider in Mind: Someone that loves camber and will ride the whole mountain doing whatever they damn well please.
Personal Thoughts: I haven’t been on an Agent in years and man it was refreshing to get back on a cambered deck of this caliber. The board can handle it all whether you’re cruising groomers, park, or getting in the trees and searching for powder. There’s a reason this board has been a staple for so long with the Rome line up.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the Rome Snowboards Rockies rep.
Note: This board was made at the Elan Factory they have since switched to GST.