Hands-on Gear Review

Rome Agent Review

Rome Agent
Price:  $560 List | $356.66 at Amazon
Pros:  Stable at speed, poppy, light.
Cons:  Slow edge-to-edge, camber profile hurts float, clunky, stiff.
Bottom line:  Great choice if you're a heavier rider looking for a stiffer board.
Editors' Rating:   
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Shape:  Almost Twin
Camber/Rocker:  Camber
Flex:  Medium-Stiff
Manufacturer:   Rome

Our Verdict

With the second longest sidecut in our fleet, a traditional camber profile, and its stiff flex, the Rome Agent was an enjoyable ride. However, we did not find that it had any outstanding qualities or characteristics, and thus it was the lowest scoring contender in the lineup. The big sidecut made it awesome while railing at speed, but it suffered at slower speeds. Edge-to-edge transitions were sluggish, too. Its pop felt right on for a cambered board, but overall the board was clunky feeling. Not what was expected at all. If you're a die-hard camber lover and need a stiffer board, and the price is right, this may be your choice.

Product Update
Rome has discontinued the production of the Agent. If you want this board, it's still available at a drastic discount from a few online retailers. But act fast, it won't be around for long!



RELATED REVIEW: The Best All-Mountain Snowboards of 2018


Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Chris Edmands

Last Updated:
Thursday
February 9, 2017

Share:

The Agent was more difficult to maneuver while going slow than any other competitor. Once up to speed, it held edges through long, beautiful, turns and its low weight was noticeable when in the air. It did not have the same edge-to-edge response as other fully cambered boards, nor did it float in powder as well for the same reason.

Rome Agent base.
Rome Agent base.

Performance Comparison



Edging and Carving


Edge-to-edge transitions were relatively slow. However, once the board was fully involved in a turn, it excelled. Longer sidecuts make for satisfying and longer turns, while its width ensured that there was no toe/heel drag issues, allowing us to really lay it down. Being comfortable while laying a turn down at speed is worth its 8 out of 10. The Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro earned the only 10 out of 10 in this metric, proving to be exceptionally worthy at edging and carving.

Highlighting the edge of the Agent board.
Highlighting the edge of the Agent board.

Float in Powder


Its width and low weight helped it float in powder, though not nearly enough, as demonstrated in the stiffness that we felt (even though it's promoted as being medium-stiff). It did not perform anywhere close to the others in float, consequently earning a 6 out of 10, the lowest in our testing. We'd recommend taking a look at the Never Summer Proto Type Two, Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro, or Arbor Wasteland if powder is what you seek out.

Stability at Speed


This is where the Rome Agent excelled, going fast on and off edge, and while turning and straight-lining at speed. Stiffness combined with camber is a well known recipe for these qualities, and scoring an 8 out of 10 is enough for us to bring the board out again…if the conditions call for it. The Burton Flight Attendant scored the only 10 out of 10 in this metric, blowing all other competitors out of the water, particularly the Burton Custom Flying V and Arbor Wasteland, which each scored a 7 out of 10.

Playfulness


This contender is not the board to mess around on when you have other options. Its unforgiving flex, width, and camber made it feel like too much work, erasing any fun. Five out of 10 — end of story. Seek out the Never Summer Proto Type Two, Arbor Wasteland, Capita Defenders of Awesome, or Burton Custom Flying V if Playfulness is an important characteristic in a snowboard.

Base graphics on the Agent board.
Base graphics on the Agent board.

Pop


It did pop, we'll give it that. It snapped off jumps with assuredness; that same stiffness in the tail also made for stomped landings. It will stand next to the other top scoring "pop" boards, such as the Never Summer Proto Type Two, and Burton Flight Attendant, earning an 8 out of 10.

Best Applications


This board excels at carving with speed on groomers and hard-pack, or at hitting sizable jumps.

Rome Agent topsheet.
Rome Agent topsheet.

Value


Too expensive for how limited it felt.

Conclusion


Shop around.
Details of the graphics on the Agent.
Details of the graphics on the Agent.

Chris Edmands

You Might Also Like

OutdoorGearLab Member Reviews


Most recent review: February 9, 2017
Summary of All Ratings

OutdoorGearLab Editors' Rating:  
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
 (3.0)
Average Customer Rating:  
 (0.0)
Rating Distribution
1 Total Ratings
5 star: 0%  (0)
4 star: 0%  (0)
3 star: 100%  (1)
2 star: 0%  (0)
1 star: 0%  (0)


Have you used this product?
Don't hold back. Share your viewpoint by posting a review with your thoughts...