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Should have been called the WMD.

With all the easy-to-ride rockers and oddball hybrid profiles out there these days, it seems like every company makes everything but a mean, stiff, carvy board. That's where the Rome Anthem comes in. The Anthem shames hardpack and makes ice feel stupid. It carves with the precision of a sushi chef at any speed, so you can forget about riding rocker when there hasn't been a storm in two weeks. Every day is a powder day on the Anthem.

The folks at Rome laid up the Anthem with tried-and-true wood laid tip-to-tail. Two zones of lightweight wood team up with poplar for smooth, predictable flex and loads of pop. Then they added Kevlar stringers in a V at the tip and tail for ridiculous stiffness and unheard-of edge control. The StraightTriax45 laminate adds even more stiffness and edge control. Rome's designers also added Kevlar impact plates under the binding inserts to eliminate compression caused by high-impact landings, and finished off the Anthem with a lightning-quick SinterSpeed sintered base.

  • Traditional camber
  • Directional shape
  • Kevlar impact plates
  • Kevlar PressurePop stringers
  • AirPop core matrix
  • SinterSpeed sintered base

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5 5

Great pop, durable, holds edge on steeps

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Put 120 days on it this season, all conditions. I'm 5'9", 140lb, got the 157. Targa bindings and Salomon Malamute boots. Last season put 100 days on a 156 Rome Mod (cambered) and two seasons ago a 154 Rome Agent (cambered). I have given Never Summer and Venture a fair chance, but can't get into the hybrid camber profiles.

The Anthem is much more stable at speeds than the Mod or Agent. For quick turns on steep hard-pack the Mod is similar to the Anthem. For playfulness on groomers and whoopitydoo trees they are also similar. The Anthem really outperforms the Mod going fast through chop and in powder. I don't ride much park so I can't comment, riding switch is not awkward though. The Agent started going dead towards the end of the season - the Mod/Anthem seem just as lively now as day 1.

I ride with a wide stance, some boards I max out the width (High Society), not with Rome.

5 5

Great Board... Speed with Stability

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this board. I can only comment on how the board is to my riding style which is all mountain, fast groomers, steep powder, etc. Performs awesome... great stability at high speeds but not super super stiff. Great in the powder and turns with ease. I don't any park riding, so cant comment how it performs in that area. I paired my Anthem with the Targa binding. Such a good set up for charging fast and hard!

Rome says this board is redesigned. What...

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Rome says this board is redesigned. What is the difference? Is there any reason to buy a new one if I'm riding last year's model (which I like?) Has anyone ridden both?

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Why buy something new when you like what you have? Nothing wrong with last seasons board!

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True that. But I'm a little crazy. The only place I splurge money is on snowboarding, and if the new one's significantly better, I want it. Question is: how much better. Thanks, Brentcult.

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I rode last years board (borrowed from a friend) and I loved it. So I bought this years... its the same. Rides and feels the same. I don't know if they changed the sizing range, but overall, more or less the same. I cant see any major technology upgrades in snowboards right now that would be a game changer. Stick with what you got and squeeze one more season out of it!

5 5

an amazing board

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i bought mine last year but i want to share my thoughts for those who are considering buying one this year. i couldn't believe how awesome this board is. very stable at extremely high speeds. i even found myself in a situation last year where i was bombing down a hill only to see it was heavily moguled out near the bottom and i was going so fast i had no choice but to go straight through and this board destroyed everything in it's way. granted there was some bumping and bouncing back and forth do to the moguls (which would happened on any board) but i was still able to go straight through with no effort on my part to control the board. another thing that really surprised me was that i did not catch a single edge all season. and this isn't an exaggeration because i was keeping track after every day of snowboarding. i was able to keep a flat base at very high speeds. which is very impressive considering my local mountain gets as crowded as new york city. one last thing i want to add is Rome's customer service is fantastic. i had several questions for them last year and they always responded to me within a day. sometimes the same day if i emailed them early in the morning. and if you do talk to them, you will be talking to a RIDER who uses rome products so they know what they're talking about.

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I second the emotion for Rome customer service: they are more responsive than any other snowboarding company I've ever dealt with. (Dogfunk is great, too.)

5 5

Groomer Crusher.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This board goes fast! It was basically designed to hard charge down groomers at lightning speed, and that's exactly what it does. I've ridden this lightweight shred stick in powder too, and it definitely held its own.