Hello and welcome to SnowboardingProfiles.com’s Rome Heist Snowboard Review Battle.
This review was last updated for the 2016 model
This week I pit the Rome Heist against the Arbor Cadence in a comparison style review.
This week’s category is Women’s Freestyle Boards in the $350 to $450 price division.
To be eligible for this battle the boards had to:
- Be Women’s Freestyle Boards
- Cost between $350 and $450
- Have a Centred Stance
- Have a True Twin shape
Note: This battle used to involove 3 boards and included the Capita Space Metal Fantasy. The review battles that used to be a 3 way battle have all been changed to head to head comparison reviews.
The first table below is the control test to ensure that we are comparing like for like. A majority of the items in the table below should be the same or similar.
|Rome Heist||Arbor Cadence|
|Price||$399 (USD)||$399 (USD)|
|Weight||Feels Normal||Feels Normal|
|Ability Level||Beginner to Advanced||Intermediate to Expert|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker||Continuous Rocker|
|Shape||True Twin||True Twin|
Right with that out of the way let’s get into the thick of it and check out the performance factors for the boards.
Each of the boards are rated out of 5 for 8 different performance categories in the table below.
Smart Rating System
Using the SnowboardingProfiles.com smart rating system the ratings above are given different levels of importance depending on how important they are to a freestyle snowboard.
The table and graphs below show how the two boards did after going through the rating system.
|Heist Ratings||Heist Points||Cadence Ratings||Cadence Points|
|TOTAL after normalizing||82.2/100||87.2/100|
The Hard Facts
The average score for this category (based on 7 Women’s Freestyle snowboards costing between $350 and $450 that went through the smart rating system) was 80.1
- The Heist ranked 2nd equal out of 7
- The Cadence ranked 1st out of 7
On hard facts alone though, the Cadence definitely come out on top here. The Heist also scores well and is above the average. The Cadence is equal to or better than the Heist in all of the 3 most important park factors – switch, jumps & jibbing.
The Heist does pip the Cadence in Carving and Uneven Terrain but these factors aren’t that important for freestyle. The Heist might be slightly better at leaving the park but not enough so that it outweighs the Cadence’s dominance in the park.
The User Reviews
Both the Heist and Cadence get Kudos for their ability to exit the park and handle the rest of the mountain satisfactorily, on top of their park abilities.
There’s a really positive feeling around both of these boards – unsurprisingly. Check out some of the user reviews at the links below.
Check out the links below for more information, user reviews and current prices.
- Rome Heist at backcountry.com (2016)
- Rome Heist at evo.com (2016)
- Arbor Cadence at backcountry.com (2016)
If you’re looking for the 2015 model try the links below. You should be able to get a good price on last year’s model if they’re still available. No guarantees they’ll still have any 2015 models but give it a go if you’re not worried about having the latest gear.
In The Final Analysis
There was never any coming back after that smart rating score. The Cadence was just too strong.
So without further adieu I award this battle to the Arbor Cadence!
Pretty cut and dry this one. The Heist would serve as a really good women’s freestyle board but the Cadence is just that much better.
That said, the system isn’t foolproof and there may be some personal preferences you have or one of the boards simply doesn’t come in a size that is suitable for you. Check out the additional specs table below to learn more.
|Available lengths/(widths)||138cm (245mm), 142cm (246mm), 146cm (247mm), 150cm (250mm)||139cm (232mm), 143cm (234mm), 147cm (236mm), 151cm (238mm)|
|Recommended Weight Range||[138cm] 70 - 110 lbs, [142cm] 80 - 125 lbs, [146cm] 95 - 140 lbs, [150cm] 105 - 155 lbs||[139cm] 60 - 140 lbs, [143cm] 68 - 148 lbs, [147cm] 76 - 156 lbs, [151cm] 84 - 164+ lbs|
|Turn Initiation||Very Easy||Easy|
|Edge-hold||Hard Snow||Hard Snow|
Do you Ride Either of these Boards?
If you ride or have ridden either of these boards it would be great to know your experience on them – just leave a comment below. Any other comments, feedback or questions please leave a comment below and will get back to you quicker than you can say……well super fast anyway 🙂
If you’re looking for other options for Women’s Freestyle snowboards check out the link below.