Rome Headroom 156 Review
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Topic: Rome Headroom 156 Review
Posted: Dec/13/2006 at 6:13pm
board: Rome Headroom 156
bindings: 05 cartels
boots: 07 Vans BFBs
location: Loon Mtn
conditions: hardpack, groomed to icy, variable to a few inches of mixed natural and cheesegrater snow
so this was my first day out. of special note, this is my first day out after my knee surgery. so i was rocking a DonJoy brace. i figured that i'd be fine as i've been doing my PT, surfing a ton and in general being a good doobie. i haven't been this excited to try a board in a really really really long time. took the gondola up and immediately strapped in. there were only a few runs so it was a lot of frogger all day (dodging beginners, slow skiers, shitloads of "instructor" training groups). i was able to put the board through its paces, but was pretty limited regarding real freestyle, park or jibbing (a combination of me and the lack of terrain). but what i could do is haul ass on some shitty terrain and do some fun "snowboarding", the usual stuff: popping airs off of rollers, shifties, 180s, buttering, you know the usual stuff.
first moment of surprise: this board holds a serious edge. i know you're saying hoon i remember you said that last year about the artifact. true true, but the difference here is that the temperature was about 7-10 degrees colder this Saturday then that day in November 05 with the artifact. the rome guys told me that they basically fused an agent and artifact together. ok, wait a minute hoon... that sounds like a lot like the lumbergh. true. but they gave it a whole new shape and threw in some other stuff. this board is going to be in the line up for 2008, but they couldn't wait to release it. so back to the important stuff. it freerides great. the blunt nose and tail (seen on the Burton Seven or Lib Trice as well) is super fun. the tip and tail are super buttery and the flex is somewhere between the agent and the artifact. it was super easy to spin, great to butter and had tons and tons of pop. rome basically filled that gap between the agent and the artifact with the headroom. the weight is nice and light, but not too light.
my only complaint is that it seemed a bit hooky (yah nice Tecnical term) some times.i attribute this mainly to the fact that i took the board out of the bag when i got to the mtn so i didn't get a chance to detune the tip or tail. i'll let you know if this makes a difference next time i go out. and i can't explain why, but i worry about the durability of the board. i'm probably just really worried about the durability of my knee. never fear, this weekend i will try to put it through its paces.
so long story short, this board is killer. i really had a fun time riding it. it reminded me a lot at times of riding an artifact, other times of riding an agent, and sometimes reminded me the burton seven. so when someone asked me about it, i said it was like an artifact, agent and seven had a threeway. the headroom was the resulting baby. and it means anything, the headroom is the staff favorite in Waterbury VT right now.