The Agent has been a staple in Romes line up for years and showcases the progression of a rider that does it all. For 2011 this remains true as it gets a whole slew of new upgrades but still retains its prowess of being an all mountain dominator. Here’s a closer look at how it rode.
Board: Rome Agent Rocker
Camber Option: Romes Reverse Mountain Pop Camber. Romes take on adding a center reverse with a cambered zone out toward the tips to give it more pop and snap.
Bindings: Rome 390 Bosses with 3.5 degree cant beds.
Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Cold but sunny bluebird with a little chunder thrown in for good measure.
Preconceived Notions: I’ve wanted to check out this deck for some time and knowing that it has a mix of camber and reverse I was a bit curious as to how it was going to ride.
Flex: More towards the all mountain board that has a park focused background.
Stability: Super stable regardless of what terrain you were in. Was actually a pretty damp ride too so feeling micro vibrations was at a minimum.
Ollies/Pop: I think this is the high point of the deck as you could get some super good ollies out of it and hitting jumps it would boost. Then again any of these hybrid alternate cambered decks that incorporate regular camber seem to have this.
Butterability: Not a butter machine by any means but it can hold its own.
Cruising: Edge to edge this thing gripped well and you could rail a turn without any issues. It also wasn’t as hooky as some that have a similar camber profile which was nice when playing around with tricks that required quick edge to edge response.
Jibbing: I like a slightly stiffer jib deck and this wasn’t bad at getting the job done. Granted Winter Parks jib selection was more limited than the beer selection at a grocery store in a 3.2 state.
Rider in Mind: All mountain park focused rider that wants a deck they can handle any terrain put in front of them.
Personal Thoughts: The Agent has been a staple with Rome since they were founded and this deck definitely lives up to being a staple in their line. It was fun, poppy, and could handle everything that was put in front of it really well.
What They Say: Look under the hood of the Agent Rocker and you’ll see a major overhaul for 2011-added lengths and new innoations like PowerBars and PressurePop Technology to give more kick to the Reverse MtnPop camber and QuickGrip Sidecut. The result is a board that is super playful in the park, but also has a ton of pop for taking your tricks to natural terrain., taking a new line down some pillows, or taking more speed into a slash.
Binding Compatibility: Definitely the binding you want to match with this deck. Perfect flex for all mountain use.
Binding Adjustability: With the cant beds it takes a bit longer to adjust them but not by much, plus fuck it if you’re buying the damn thing you might as well dial them in 100% right off the bat.
Straps: Supportive but still with plenty of cushion in them to give a better boot to binding interface.
Highbacks: Stiffer than the last version of the 390’s which made them better for driving into turns.
Binding Flex: That perfect do anything from park to powder all mountain freestyle flex. None of this jib binding super soft bullshit that some bindings are offering now it was the real deal.
Ratchets: Never had any issue with Romes ratchets over the last few years and these are no exception.
Rider in Mind: All mountain guys to park rats this binding is going to slay it next year.
Personal Thoughts: I rode Rome bindings when they first came out with the 390’s, then when they changed it the next year I had them. But over time they went too soft and I said fuck it these aren’t for me. Well lets just say these bindings are the real deal and are a step in the right direction for Rome in my opinion. This binding is going to be a HUGE seller next year and I am personally getting a set of these the second the season starts next year they were that amazing. The cant beds are so much easier on the knees.
What They Say: Armed with the full array of new 390’s weaponry-the V-Rod Baseplate and Asym Highback-the 390 Boss straps in freestyle flexibility with classic UnderWrap power. Bone out tricks old-school style or get over your tail on a press, and still have the direct connection necessary for exploding the tops of a pillow line. The Boss edition ups the level with the added customization of the Yes, I cant InBase padding system. Run the cant pads for added power on Rocker boards, or run the flat pads for a traditional stance.