Board: Rome Agent
Camber Option: Fusion Camber. Predominately camber with a micro rocker in the tip and tail.
Bindings: Rome Black Labels
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 negative 12 goofy.
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: A mix of blue skies and clouds, warmer preseason temps, snow that was icy, firm, chundery, and crusty, with mild wind.
Flex: This board is that true middle of the road flex. You have tips that are a bit snappier and stiffer through to the mid section which has an even consistent flex. There’s a fair amount of torsional flex but it’s not overwhelming.
Stability: This board is super stable. Even in rutted out terrain it doesn’t get bucked around. While it is damp it’s still lively which means it doesn’t ride like a dead turd.
Ollies: There is a ton of pop in this board from the camber profile coupled with the placement of the carbon rods in the tips. When you engage that micro rocker zone it snaps back and the board boots.
Pop On Jumps: There were 2 early season jumps at Copper. 1 was designed to blow your knees out if you didn’t hit it right the other was maybe 5 feet. Obviously I hit the small one, but what I did do was tranny find the side of it and I kept over shooting. This board has some insane snap off a lip and you don’t have to try to load it up to get pop.
Butterability: There is a small sweet spot on the ends of the tips right where the carbon rods ends. If you engage it there you’ll notice that it presses with a bit of effort and holds just a little before the rebound kicks in and it snaps out. A little speed is your friend.
Jibbing: This board takes a bit of effort to muscle around on rails. You’ll notice that it has snap out of any press you do and wants to fight you. When you get sideways on a feature the camber section flexes around the rail and feels like you’re hugging it. A tiny bit of speed is the key to jibbing on this.
Carving: This board carves. You’ll feel that edge set in and grip. While it can handle throwing down a quick hard deep carve and laying it out it’s not a board for leaving trenches all day every day. Tight quick turns and medium drawn out carves are its real strong suit.
Rider in Mind: The one board quiver of one guy that wants a board that has snap.
Personal Thoughts: I’m glad the Agent is back. I’m glad that they revamped it and didn’t stick to what it was in its last iterations before it went on hiatus. This board is perfectly balanced and feels like it fits between a Buckshot and a National. Which are two great boards. It’s snappier than the Buckshot and not as demanding as the National. Overall this could be a solid one board choice for the right person.
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