Do you look at an Alaskan mountain face and see a 5000-foot terrain park? The Rome Design Snowboard does.
Rome created the Design Snowboard for riders like Bjorn Leines and Jonaven Moore who live for throwing massive tricks on steep bone-chilling lines. This directional twin-tip big-mountain snowboard is one of the lightest boards on the market, but thanks to an Airpop core, a pure carbon laminate, and Rome’s Dual Inline PowerAmp Technology (bamboo along the rails), the Design doesn’t sacrifice any strength or response just to drop a couple lbs. Rome shaped both tip and tail like a nose to improve float in pow, and added Impact Plates in the core for added anti-compression protection—ginourmous landings or not.
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Rome Design 158
Awesome board. Floats and carves equally well and easy to air off lips and stuff beause its so light. Normally I ride 56s but chose 58 for the Design to ride pow and big mountains. I ride with about an inch and half setback and found the sweetspot, even though Rome suggests centered. Together with Rome's Targa binding (in black and cyan) the 158 looks very sorted - as in color matched. Highly recommended if you want a high performance all-mountain board.
Looks like this board is the 2008 version....
Looks like this board is the 2008 version. Or is it the 2009 version?
It's the 2009...Graphic colors are slightly different on 2008. Pretty much the same though
This is my full-time board and I love it. I ride the 58, I rode the original version and loved it and bought this one. The new nose construction is a lot more forgiving and helps makes this board go any where on the mountain. FYI on the Smart base- You can wax it. It just helps to adapt to the snow temp on days you haven't waxed or have missed the wax.
The best, hands down!
I had the 07 version of this board first. I loved it, but I buy at least one board per year just to test a lot of them. The 07 Rome design was the best board I had ever ridden. Last year I bought the GNU Altered genetics board with MTX. I am completely disappointed in that board. If that is all that the Mervin company has to offer, I don't want their products. So, I am now a proud owner of a new 09 Rome Design. It is even better than the 07. This board has excellent response, amazing pop, ease of float in the pow, it is hands down the best board I have ever been on. Plus it's the lightest board in the world right now. Get this board and you won't regret it!