I asked Rome to give me something all-mountain and camber, definitely camber, and the Rome Mod is what they gave me. It’s pitched as one of Rome’s higher end all-mountain destroyers, I’ve been fond of Rome decks in the past so I was excited to try out the Mod.
Bindings: 2015 Rome Katana
Shape: True twin, Stay Positive Camber
Stance: 15/-15 regs about 23.5″
My Stats: 6′, 210 lbs
Conditions: Hardpack & chop, with some light snow falling throughout the day
2015 Rome Mod Review
Flex: The Rome Mod was on the stiffer end of the spectrum, medium-stiff but definitely an emphasis on “stiff”. Stiffer through the mid-section and torsionally, with a little bit of play from the nose and tail.
Ollie/Pop: Feeling hesitant about trying to ollie that fence line? Rome went gangbusters on the Mod with the new Turborods and some space-age Z-tech material that “lighter, stronger, and snappier than carbon”. And did I mention it’s camber? Seriously you can ollie anything with this deck. Combined with the board’s overall stiffness the Mod should be a great board for jumps.
Jibs/Playfulness: Definitely not the most playful board you’re going to ride, it’s a pretty aggressive all-mountain freestyle board. It would take more effort to get jibby or buttery with this board, sure you could do it, but I’d rather seek out side-hits and drops to boost.
Pricing: The Rome Mod should retail around $560 which is on par for higher-end boards.
Handling: For a board with a relatively fat waist it felt pretty responsive event at lower speeds which is where some burlier A/M boards are lacking. The camber gives you that familiar spring/rebound that makes edge-to-edge transitions easy, and the board is pretty lightweight so you don’t get that sluggish transition. The tips have a slightly pointier shape which should come in handy in the deep stuff. The Rome Mod will lay trenches for sure. Board feel was good in terms of being a pretty damp board without being overly damp, you get a little bit of feel from chop but for the most part the Rome Mod should charge through just about anything you put in front of it.
Overall: This is a fairly advanced all mountain deck and I’d probably recommend it for intermediate plus. Beginners, there’s better boards out there for you. Ditto for park rats it’s just not the board that I would want in that situation. If you don’t want the newest alt camber fad, you want tried and tested OG camber, and you want a solid deck that will rip everything from groomers to glades to pow and natural features in the backcountry, then this might be the board for you.
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