Snowboard Review: 11-12 Rome Mod Rocker
24 May, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomed runs.
Setup: I rode the Rome Mod with Rome Targa bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: New upgrades on the mod and a switch from camber to rocker camber!
Flex: In the grand scheme of flex, the rome mod is on the stiffer end of freestyle boards. It’s meant for backcountry, for jumps and for stability while riding. Torsionally it’s softer which helps give it quick to quick edge control but most of the stiffer flex is from the bindings to almost the contact points. There’s just enough rocker on the nose/tail that you have float/butterability but it doesn’t make the board any less of a aggressive ride. One major upgrade is the switch from positive camber in 2011 to freepop rocker camber in 2011. Freepop rocker camber is a combination of a flat mid section past the inserts and rocker in the nose and tail.
Turning: Quick to engage into turns with a very fluid motion. It carved much better than I was expecting and I later saw that the mod went from a 5 to an 8 on carving which I agree with. It gave quick sharp turns to me without a fight and for the longer S turns, felt comfortable through each point of the turn and really controlled on edge. There was a point where the flip switched into the quick turn mod and you got the aggressive turns out of it.
Stable: Definitely handled more stable than I was expecting a 153cm to be. Mostly with the stiffer flex underfoot, it felt more comfortable through turns and didn’t get the washed out feel while riding. The conditions were a mix of hardpacked to softpacked so didn’t get to judge it on bumpy/powder terrain.
Pop: One technology switch was with the Rome hotrods, in 2011 they were the carbon reverse V hotrods to the 2012 carbon double barrel hotrods. Since I didn’t try the 2011 mod, I can’t compare how that changed but I found the 2012 to be quite poppy and easy to get ollies out of the board.
Switch: The mod rocker felt like the same mod true twin shape with no changes switch to regular.
Overall Impression: The mod received some upgrades from 2011 to add to the 2011 upgrades to the board. It went from being positive camber to freepop rocker camber and a change in hot rods (which were carbon reverse V last year and now are carbon double barrel). The end effect of the technology upgrade for the mod? A board that despite not being positive camber still handles like camber but with the added rocker perks for butterability and float.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I always wonder when a board gets upgraded year after year because it could mean a board might not have everything dialed or it just means you can always make it better (though sometimes, things can go worse). I hadn’t ridden the mod in previous years so hard to know the answer for sure but it was reminiscent of the pusher (which happens to have disappeared for 2012). When I look at the mod upgrades, I think they match what the board needed and still keep it tuned to the riding style it’s meant to be. It’s that jump board you can take into the backcountry or just freeride with, hands down.
On Snow Photo
Rome Mod description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at the WWSRA Mammoth on-snow. Please be aware boards may change, this review was done in February 2011.