Hello and welcome to the Rome Romp Review. This review will take a look at the Rome Romp’s suitability as a beginner snowboard for women.
The Romp can also be classified as an all-mountain snowboard but this review is solely focused on how it will perform as a board for beginners.
What a Beginner Board should be Judged On
In order to help with progression and build confidence for a new rider, a beginner board should be somewhat forgiving of errors, stable, and make it easy to initiate turns.
It should in general be easy to control and feel steady underfoot. In addition it shouldn’t cost too much – most new riders won’t want to invest too much in their first board.
For a more detailed look at what to look out for in a beginner deck check out the link below.
O.k. let’s get into the review.
There are two camber profiles, Flat-to-Rocker and Hybrid Camber that are most suitable for beginners. Check out the link above (or this article on Camber Profiles) if you want to learn more.
The Romp has a Flat-to-Rocker profile so this is one big tick for the Romp’s suitability as a starter deck. The flat-to-rocker profile has a flat section underfoot for stability and rocker sections towards the tip and tail for a catch-free ride.
You don’t need to understand this fully, just know that this a great camber profile for beginners.
Stability score = 5.0/5.0
Turn Initiation = 5.0/5.0
Flex and Camber Profile are the most important considerations for beginner decks.
The Romp has a medium-to-soft flex. This is ideal for beginners. The softer flex makes controlling the board easier and it is more forgiving of errors.
Going to soft however would affect edge-hold so if you were in harder snow it wouldn’t grip enough. So medium-to-soft is really the best way to go.
Flex rating score = 5.0/5.0
Manufacturers rating & Progression
The Romp is rated as a Beginner-Intermediate ability level board. This is a good sign that the manufacturer intended the board to be good for beginners.
It’s also good to know that the board should get you through the beginner and intermediate phases of progression if you didn’t want to change boards too soon. The board could also get you through to the advanced phase assuming you were wanting an all-mountain board in that phase.
Manufacturers Label Score = 5.0/5.0
The Romp only comes in 4 different sizes but hopefully there is a size for you, if you are interested in this board.
If you aren’t sure about what size is best for you can check out the articles listed below.
Beginner boards typically cost between $250 and $400 (USD) when not on sale. The closer it is to $250 the more points I will allocate it.
The Romp has a recommended retail price of USD$359. So it’s not the cheapest but not the most expensive either.
Price score = 3.5/5.0
Shape and Stance
The Romp has a true twin shape which is great for beginners who are still finding their balance on a snowboard.
However, it does have a setback stance of 20mm. Ideally I would prefer to see a centered stance on a beginners board. This doesn’t in anyway ruin it as a beginners board but it is a bit odd to see a setback stance on a true twin shape.
Shape score = 5/5
Stance score = 2/5
The Romp has an extruded base – this is better for beginners than a sintered base because it is slower and easier to maintain. It also helps to keep the price of the board lower.
Base score = 2/5
Now the moment of truth….. how does the Romp score overall?
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Extremely well actually! 91 out of 100 is a great overall score.
In fact it was only one place off making my list of Top 5 Beginner Snowboards for Women – if it was a top 6 then the Romp would have been in it.