Snowboard Review: 09-10 Rome Postermania 1985

30 Dec, 2009


Location: Loveland, CO

Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions on the mountain.

Setup: I rode the Rome Postermania 1985 with Union Contact bindings and Bonfire Geo boots.

Size: 153cm.

First Impression: I wasn’t planning to ride this board but lets see how it handles on the mountain.

Weight: Average

Flex: The Postermania rocked a stiffer nose and tail which helped give it more stability on the mountain and a softer playful feel between the bindings that give it some good torsional flex when you needed quick response.  Overall it’s in the middle of the road for board flex and I thought it was a bit on the stiffer side for a more park orientated board but it’s a board that you could take outside on the mountain.  The reverse free on the postermania isn’t that noticeable but offers reverse camber combined with straight camber in the nose and tail.

Turning: This is where the Postermania felt the best, it handled turns very well on the mountain and regardless of short or long radius turns it never felt like I was riding a 153cm but a bigger board when I took to turning on it.  If I took it up to faster speeds, that’s where it didn’t feel as stable with it but just crusiing and moderate speeds it felt fine on the board for handling turns.

Stable: The Postermania at some speeds handled just fine but if you took it up to charging speeds, it didn’t feel as stable on the run.  Just cruising with it, I encountered no problems but when I wanted to charge I didn’t feel as comfortable with it and I’d feel it move around more.  In some icy spots, it did okay on edge hold.

Pop: This took some adjustment to how the board handled and how you popped ollies.  Pop is something this board has and plenty of it once you find the sweet spot on it.  In the park, the reverse free kept the board from catching edges and rode fun on the boxes.  It was a bit more difficult to do tail presses and butters than I was expecting but that’s from the stiffer flex there.  My favorite part was bonking the tree with this board, lighter swingweight and easy to get the bonk out of it.

Switch: The Postermania 1985 is a true twin and rode like a true twin, I didn’t encounter anything weird about how it handled when switch. The reverse free helped with not catching the edges as well.

Overall Impression: The Postermania 1985 was definitely a stiffer park board meant for being more stable in the park off jumps but also rideable outside of the park where it can handle the mountain and if you ride a rare powder day, one of those too.  Overall I thought it was a fun ride but nothing that I was totally amazed with but I’m also not the rider for this board.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I’ve heard the Postermania is meant to be the rockered Graft and I wondered how it would compare since it’s definitely on the stiffer end of the park spectrum and the rocker isn’t as noticeable as other boards.  It was interesting to ride this after trying the Pusher modeled after the mod and agent last winter.  While they have some similiar qualities on the flex scale, I definitely preferred the Pusher over the Postermania but it also could have been the size difference.  The Postermania didn’t do anything that made me wow about it but I didn’t hate it either.

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Rome Postermania 1985 description

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Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.

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4 Comments

  1. Jeremy
    December 30, 2009

    great review – ive been waiting to hear about it. It looks like exactly what ive been looking for, but after reading this I think I want something more flexy and easier to butter. Thanks Shay!

  2. March 12, 2010

    Great review as always Shay. How would you say the postermania 1985 compares to Burton custom in way of flex, pop, playfulness, and all around fun? I’m a park oriented rider put can’t stand the limitations my k2 weapon and burton custom put on my riding. I want a board that will make me feel comfortable and stable on kickers but also be catch free on rails. Does the rocker on this board help the rail game? And if so is it still stiff enough to handle more serious things and keep edge hold in ohio’s shitty snow and hardpack?

  3. Tyler
    March 30, 2010

    this is a sick park board, i have been riding it for a year, it has a good edge on snow but doesnt catch on rails . . .