In a world of High Definition Rome keeps it LoFi for the ladies. Zara once again risks life and limb to test a board for all the female shredders out there. This is what she had to say about what she touts as one of her favorite decks for 2014.
Board: Rome LoFi Rocker
Camber Option: Flat Rocker. Flat to just past the inserts then rocker in the tips.
Bindings: Salomon Absolute Pures
Stance: 21 Inches Wide 15 Negative 15 Regular
Boots: Salomon Kiannas size 6
My Weight: 148
Conditions: A mix of groomed runs and a ton of powder every where else.
Flex: This is a true middle of the road flex making it great for all kinds of riding. The torsional give is just enough to help lock in carves.
Stability: Riding through varying terrain I never once felt like I was going to get bucked around. It was stable yet lively.
Ollies: Surprisingly poppy which made it effortless for popping off powder rollers or just playing around on groomed runs side hits.
Pop On Jumps: Even better. As with any pow day, the best powder is found on the big line. Flying through Freeway to launch into the snow, priceless. If I can get that much pop in powder conditions, I’d have to say I’d be stoked on a jump line with the LoFi.
Butterability: Like a hot knife through a Thanksgiving butter dish this board just spread its warm gooey love all over the mountain. This board can do ground tricks like no other.
Jibbing: Springy, poppy,and flexible are all attributes that make for a really solid all around jib board. For certain boards, it takes a few laps to feel comfortable. Not this one, charged right into some of my favorite features super excited and I was not disappointed.
Carving: Due to the flex I could really push speed out of my turns. I Didn’t take any steep fast runs, but I don’t think there would be any issues there. Maybe not the board I’d take for boarder cross or slalom but definitely a board I’d pick for my personal stash.
Rider in Mind: Free style fun playful rider. Someone who spends a decent amount of time in the park popping around but also for the girl who cruises all around and doesn’t want to switch to the all mountain or pow deck.
Personal Thoughts: Really had a lot of fun on the LoFi. I had ridden one years ago and was so excited to get on the 2014 carnation. Although not the flashiest looking board, definitely one I would happily take as my own. Within the first few turns, I knew that this board and I were going to have a good time.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for product review from the Rome Snowboards Rockies Rep.
Note: This board was built at Elan and has since been moved to GST.