“ Manufacturer: Rome / Board Shape: Directional Standard „
This is actually the very first snowboard I ever owned, so I feel a bit nostalgic just by looking at the picture, and would like to share my experience with this snowboard from Rome Solution, a board that gave me a lot of fun for many years, and often still do when I feel nostalgia hitting me and I want to try on my old, still very good snowboard down snow powdered hills...
A friend of mine told me that this board has dropped a lot in cost since I bought it, as I paid 399.88 for my board, now you can both find it cheaper in the stores, but also do a great bargain if you should stumble upon it second hand... I would say that this is a good snowboard if you are new to the sport, because it doesn`t take much movement and effort from your feet to turn and react to what you want, so you can easily turn and move, without needing to focus and consenstrate upon it all too much. I also believe that you will find that when new to standing on a snowboard, you want a snowboard that doesn`t go too fast down the slopes, all the while one that is sturdy and solid, and that can take some falling down... I have friends owning this board as well, and they all agree that this is a good snowboard for when you want to attempt on doing cool tricks, not like on Olympic level, but this is a board that reacts fast and quickly to your movement, so if you want to do tricks without all that much effort, I`d go for this board! It`s a well balanced, solid board to stand on, I feel safe and trusts this board completely, and all though I now have a new snowboard as well, I often use this one still, just because I think it`s a great board, fun to use!
The look of the board gives a nice blend of white, yellow and black, and it`s a cool design, suitable for both men and women! This is a great choice for a snowboard, two thumbs up!
So, I`m no Terje Haakonsen when it comes to snowboarding, and I will certainly never be! However, I love getting out there into the deep, powder snow and just have fun with my board, and my board happens to be the Rome Solution 163 Snowboard, an overall very dependable and easy to manuever snowboard, with funky and fun design, a real good purchase for those on the look!
I bought this snowboard in a store in Norway, and it cost me 355.99, which is a lot of money to spend on a snowboard if you`re not a professional or in any way look like you know what you`re doing... Then again, I trust this board completely, it`s very robust and solid, turns and manuevers in a very smooth and light manner, which I suppose would make it perfect for new beginners! I also find that if doing small jumps and tricks and such, the landing when standing on this snowboard, feels very rock solid, and I have fallen a lot less after the purchase and use of this snowboard... The board itself is 22 millimeters thick, which leaves it light and going rather rapidly down the slopes, at the same time not too fast, as that would totally freak me out! Also, the board is in fact longer than myself, with a length of 163 centimeters, and I find that the size of the board is not too big, as that would mean it being more challenging to manuever...
I really love how this snowboard is right there with me when I want it to turn and twist and obey to my every wish; this is a board that has made doing tricks so much more fun and easy to get a grip on! My Rome Solution Board has stuck with me for some seasons now, and I hope it will be a long lasting relationship... A funky design, very appealing snowboard!
When I first decided to take up Snowboarding as a hobby I rushed in a bit when it came to buying my first board. Rather than thinking about it too much and researching which board was best for me, something I really would advise everyone do, I jumped in with both feet and bought a board that really wasn't what I was looking for. I ended up with a tricks board and from the moment I started using it I really didn't feel comfortable on it. So this time last year, with an impending trip to Canada I headed out to buy myself a new Snowboard.
This time though I spent weeks researching different boards and visiting all sorts of shops to ensure I got a board that matched my requirements. I was looking for a board that was good on both the on and off piste runs. The bulk of my research pointed at a Rome Snowboard, they seemed to be the best all round boards that would not only meet my requirements but be a board that I could improve my riding on as well as simply riding at a set level.
I originally set my mind to getting the Rome Agent but at over £400 it was a little over the £300 budget I had set myself. On a visit to the Berks and Bucks Boarding Centre in High Wycombe I decided to opt for the slightly cheaper Rome Solution. It was still over my original budget at £350 but having seen it a few times and tested one in Milton Keynes I felt it was the board that would best suit my requirements.
The Rome solution is a good all-round board that not only suits the on and off piste requirements I was looking for but is also just as good for the Parks. This is where my old F2 was a real let down as it was only really suitable for use in Parks and struggled on long piste runs. It's one of the best all round boards I tested for the money I had and for that reason I felt it was really the only choice for me to buy.
The Solution comes in a variety of sizes from 148 - 163 and the size required is spec'd based on your weight and height. I went for the slightly heavier 163 rather than the 160 as felt it would give me more manoeuvrability on the slopes than the smaller board. One thing the solution does offer is a great deal of flex both along the longitudinal edge of the board and in the torsion. This makes it ideal for twists and turns at a fast pace, which the Solution can easily achieve.
While my old board was quite a laboured affair on the snow I felt that the Solution cut through the powder with relative ease. At 163 centimeters it seemed a little long but that has given it a bit of extra control for the speed this board can generate. At 22mm thick it has a nice cut into the mountain and with the length, depth and width of the board taken into account it provides a very nice, comfortable and smooth ride that makes snowboarding all the more enjoyable. With my old board I really had to fight with it to get it to do half of what the solution does as second nature.
Of course along with the boards ride ability the other factor I did consider whilst picking my new board was of course how it looked. Rome have taken a very unique approach to their boards and because of the way they cut the designs on the Solution and Agent no two boards look alike, which gives you a bit of a unique feel to the boards design. It may just be a small factor, but it's a little something extra that you don't expect and because of it you get a stylish board that is unique to you.
Before I bought my Rome Solution I'd heard people talk about finding a brand and staying loyal to them, but my F2 just didn't do it for me. Now that I've bought my Rome however it would seem that I have now found my brand of board. The Solution is an excellent board that combines speed with control in equal measures. It's an enjoyable board to ride and one that meets every requirement I had in a board. While £350 is a lot to spend for a beginner you can pick up last season's Solutions, namely this one for about £150 and what you'll get is not only a great board for your current level, but a board that will help you to advance and keep up with your requirements in a board as you do.
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