Snowboard Review: 09-10 Rome Pusher 1985
10 Mar, 2009
Location: Keystone, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Bluebird with hardpacked groomers.
Setup: I rode the Rome Pusher 1985 with Rome United/Rome Madisons and my Rome Vamps size 8.
First Impression: One friend hated it, one friend loved it…I loved it.
Flex: If you are used to the agent and mod, this is like the older cougar of the two…has the tricks down and a good ride. Stiffer nose and tail which gives it a more stable feeling than I was expecting and the softer flex between the bindings from the reverse camber makes it still fun and playful when you need it. Seemed like it’d be on the stiffer side if you were hitting park all day, but more all mountain as a playground type board.
Turning: The pusher impressed me with how it held turns, carved very well on edge especially for longer drawn out S turns. It never wanted to throw you out of a turn and when you need a quick response, it gave it. It was the last board of the day which was nice because it wasn’t a difficult board to turn, could press on the toes or heel and feel the board start to work into each turn. Wasn’t overly crazed into turns but controlled movements.
Stable: This board was entirely stable, being as it’s between an agent and a mod mix…it rode similiar to both of those which were both stable out of park snowboards. Even with the reverse camber, it held speed very well and felt like it was a longer board when I was riding it.
Pop: I didn’t play with the pop, only messed around with flat ground presses on the board and wasn’t too difficult to press despite it having a stiffer nose and tail.
Switch: I didn’t have any problems with riding switch as it’s a true twin and rode just like a true twin should.
Overall Impression: I was riding the 156cm and it felt like it was a longer board because of the stable feeling and longer effective edge. It wasn’t a stiff board, but definitely not a soft board either but overall a really good ride.
Shay’s Honesty Box: Interesting mix between the agent and mod which I loved both of those boards when I rode them so this take on the agent makes it more fun and still a stable ride.
*This Review was done in February 2009, please be aware that products may change.