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Josh N.

Josh N.

Josh N.

Josh N.wrote a review of on February 12, 2017

Next level performance
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Rome has outdone themselves with the National. This is one of the best built, balanced most dialed in boards I've ever ridden. Its masquarading as a high-end twin freestyle board when really it rides more like a cost is no object, super premium handmade destroyer of all things snow. The National will outcarve anything on the hill, the camber profile with the flat zones at either end make for perfectly calculated turn initiation and a much looser playful feel than most of the powerful moutain charging machines on the market. This also gives the national a "I can do it all" type feeling, it floats really well, its totally playful at lower speeds and it is a freight train when let loose. It has landing gear for days, feels stealth underfoot and is an absolute blast to rip groomers on. This is the board that has replaced the Rome Mod in my quiver as a go anywhere do anything beast. The National is basically a Mod-Pro; its quieter, faster, lighter and meaner.

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Josh N.wrote a review of on October 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you look through any of my other reviews, one could form an opinion that I swear by Rome products, like to travel, and have strong opinions. All true. With that said, the Mtn Division, until now, has been the board I had hoped to ride but it was never quite there. The '16-17 version however, is my jam! The first year white one was a little too soft in the nose, rode great but liked to fold up. The 2nd year black one saw a stiffer nose, but at the expense of the natural feel. This one, the green tailed 3rd year release is so perfect... The formula is a kind of S camber Varient which moves the camber back while leaving a small amount of rocker just behind the nose. This creates a board that absolutely rails on turns. Floats like a fish, and is infinitely playful. Although seemingly this is a super directional "mountain" board, It rides like a mod camber that learned how to swim. Its so fun. everywhere. The weight is low, the finish is beautiful, the Rome Katana binding is a match made in heaven, and I couldn't be happier that the dudes in the design room were able to isolate and deliver on what will make this board one of my all time favs. Note: I am returning to Japan for my second trip, this is likely the only board I'll bring (and I'm a quiver snob)

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Josh N.wrote a review of on October 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love everything about this board. Its a departure from the norm into a lightweight super responsive, aggressivly shaped demon equally at home on groomers and pow. The uniqueness however comes from a fairly soft mid area that allows such easy turn initiation and added control when locked into tight carves. The Blur turns like a beast, is snappy but still super playful and likes to float. It may be lost a little on lower skilled riders but for the all mountain ridr that knows how to really turn a board, this is the funnest new board design I've ridden in some time!

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Josh N.wrote a review of on October 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ive been through three seasons on 2 seperate pairs of Katanas, Not only is the binding design progressive, efficient and ultralight, they have proven their reliability time and time again. I have been spending more time packing a board bag to check at the airport, and the weight saving Katanas have really helped out more than anticipated. My favorite part is the comfort level and feel. The build of the binding really keeps the mass to the lower ankle heel area, it gives the board a superlight edge to edge feel and is super comfortable for long day, mutltiple day excursions. While the Rome Targa is my go to for response, the Katana is the binding I spend the most time in and seem to always reach for when setting up a new board. I especially like the new green color!

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Josh N.wrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 167 lbs
Size Purchased: large

CLWR is destined to blow up. The fit, finish and quality of this 20k fully taped super tech jacket surprised the hell out of me. The swedish steeze in the fit is fresh and I dig it.

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Josh N.wrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

ITs a bad ass snowboard, the legend, the board that made Rome. The Agent! Its a spitboard, great access, easy to maneuver, go anywhere.
Its cheap. Seriously, its less than it should be and less than its competitors. So, why doesn't everyone already have one? The beauty of a split board is when you turn it into "skis" its still a snowboard. As a snowboard, you can't beat a Rome Agent.

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Josh N.wrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I loved my dual boa dayglo funky print boots that last a season if I'm lucky from a mother brand we won't get into, until the boa dial popped off on one and cable broke on the other. While at boldface interior bc, with no way to repair them. I then decided to take a step back and search for a boot with more important features that matter. Vibram sole. Laced exterior with lace locks and "D rings". Stuff resistant full grain real leather, a tread pattern designed to be in the mountains rather than the escalator. I still have some animosity about the boa liner interface, but unlike an exterior mounted boa looking for something to get caught on and break, the interior one is completely protected by the tongue of the boot. The flex pattern is just right, there is a really mellow break in that is then just complimented by the high quality build of the boot. Its kind of a shame too in the sense that when you compare this boot to other in the same price range, theres no way Rome can be making any money off of this thing, which is a shame as this is the boot that all others should be modeled after.

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Josh N.wrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had the opportunity to spend a few days on this board in Niseko Japan last year. I already own the white mountain division which I love but always felt it was just a little too soft. The 2016 mtn division is just right. I'm 5'11" and loved the 159 so much I am looking forward to spending most of the season on it this year. The thing that surprised me the most is just how fun and playful the board is for resort riding with the camber profile that is totally designed and clearly excels in powder. The Mtn. Division popularity isn't near that of the Agent or the Mod, simply as its new to the line, but I think Rome just created a new board line that is every bit the big mountain slayer that the Jones flagship and Venture boards have come to be known as. Im stoked to ride this board at Crested Butte this season as I think its the absolute perfect board for that type of mountain.

Josh N.

Josh N.wrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is no doubt in my mind that the Katana is the best binding design to date. Super high quality build fit and finish and customization that really allows the rider to adjust not only the fit but also the real world flexibility and stiffness. I also really like the idea that the binding has three separate areas that are all seamlessly integrated rather than two like most bindings. What I'm talking about is the baseplate hellcat and highjack all have their own adjustability but without excess hardware and failure points. This is achieved by a really well thought out design that allows the rider to mount the baseplate where it should be, put the heelcup where it should be and rotate the highjack to where it should be all while maintaining an ultralight feel and priced far less than similar weight and worse built competitors.

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Josh N.wrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is no doubt in my mind that the Katana is the best binding design to date. But the halloween bling just isn't my thing. Pictures don't really do justice to how pretty these things are between gloss and matte accents, super high quality build fit and finish and customization that really allows the rider to adjust not only the fit but also the real world flexibility and stiffness. I also really like the idea that the binding has three separate areas that are all seamlessly integrated rather than two like most bindings. What I'm talking about is the baseplate hellcat and highjack all have their own adjustability but without excess hardware and failure points. This is achieved by a really well thought out design that allows the rider to mount the baseplate where it should be, put the heelcup where it should be and rotate the highjack to where it should be all while maintaining an ultralight feel and priced far less than similar weight and worse built competitors.

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Josh N.wrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My quiver has grown to shameless heights over the last few years. Powder boards, split boards, and shaped customs etc. With that said. The mod rocker is my absolute favorite. I loved it in Niseko, Vail, Silverton, Brighton and Baldface. Why? Because it does everything well. I have always thought that the flat camber profile of the mod rocker is more deserving of its own name as its not really a rocker and its every bit as powerful as the mod camber. I remember being shocked by how it responded in super gnar tech steep rocky lines in Silverton, and how well it popped back up after stomping in 2+ feet in Beaver creek side country. It really is my go to.

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Josh N.wrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The mod camber is the one board that does it all, from halfpipe comps to park laps, groomers to floating bottomless. If you are a legit ripper, this is the board you've been looking for. If you aren't sure, I would recommend the mod rocker as its a little more playful. This ultralight rocket of a board is perfectly designed, and balanced. ITs responsiveness is unmatched and its truly a board that can take someones riding to the next level.

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Josh N.wrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Im a longtime VZ lover and had some animosity about this new style of frame at first. I was wrong! These are dope. The trudef lens is seriously the one for all. the frame works well with both my protect and my sandbox helmet and the style is nonstop. Treatyoself!

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Josh N.wrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These may be the best value in the goggle game. Old school-ish frame style with contemporary sizing/fit. Quasar chrome may be the worlds most perfect lens, and the camp color way is dope. What else do you need? I run VZ Fishbowls most of the time with these in the warmer/park type days and have ended up reaching for these just as much because the comfort is just unmatched.

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Josh N.wrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the ideal board for Summit County Colorado, Brighton or Snowbird. It really does it all well. It holds an edge better than most anything on the hill, has a ton of pop and feels playful and forgiving. If you spend most of your season on a chairlift, this is the resort ride you've been looking for.

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review flagged as this dude is a fake - he is shilling for Rome. look at his review history. Click here to view.

Josh N.

Josh N.wrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Mod rocker really is deserving of its own name as its not really a "rocker" Its flat and powerful as f#$k. It is not very forgiving, but it will absolutely hold its own anywhere. It pops, floats, lands, is light as hell, looks really good and not everyone has (nor should they have) one. This board means business. If you aren't sure where/what your riding but you plan to get after it, this is the one. If you aren't sure what I'm trying to say, probably look into the also kick ass Agent Rocker.

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