Review: Rome Ravine Snowboard · Women's · 2023

Published on 04/05/2024 · 3 min readCurated Expert, Cierra Veldhuizen, has tested this product to give you their unbiased, definitive take.
Cierra Veldhuizen, Snowboarding Expert
By Snowboarding Expert Cierra Veldhuizen
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The Curated Take

4.1/5

The Rome Ravine Snowboard is great for taller/larger women seeking a powder-focused board with a surfy, playful feel. It offers good pop and power out of turns, making it ideal for deeper days. The board's larger rocker nose provides excellent float, while the shorter tail enhances its surfy feel in soft snow. It's unsuitable as a one-quiver board and may struggle in chunder or chunky snow. Despite limited sizing for taller/larger women, the Ravine excels in turn ease, playfulness, and durability, making it a solid choice for those seeking a powder-specific board.

Ideal for
  • Great powder board
  • Surfy, playful feel
  • Good pop and power out of turns
Not ideal for
  • Not a one-quiver board
  • Limited sizing for taller/larger women
Turn Ease
Cierra Veldhuizen, Curated Expert
This board does not have the fastest turn initiation (compared to other boards), but it gets me there without putting in much effort. Once on edge, it holds well and...Read more
Playfulness
Cierra Veldhuizen, Curated Expert
Rome gives this board a flex rating of 6/10. I would agree with that. Riders have to put in effort to get this board to flex and butter but once...Read more
Durability
Cierra Veldhuizen, Curated Expert
This board is not the most expensive, but it would hold up against any $500+ board. I have tested it through powder, ice, rock, and trees on the mountain. I...Read more
High Speed Stability
Cierra Veldhuizen, Curated Expert
This board can bomb powder fields, groomers, bowls, moguls, and backcountry, but it also handles the chunder/chunky frozen snow as well as some other boards. At speed, it holds true...Read more
Versatility
Cierra Veldhuizen, Curated Expert
It's classified as an "all-mountain," but I would call it a "powder all-mountain." This board excels at powder, all-mountain riding in softer conditions, bluebird groomer days, and slushy spring days....Read more
Flotation
Cierra Veldhuizen, Curated Expert
A 7.5mm taper on the nose gives this board a wide surface that floats like a dream. Diamond 3D gives the board, especially the nose, a spoon-like shape that improves...Read more
Carving
Cierra Veldhuizen, Curated Expert
This board carves well for the amount of rocker in the profile. The slight volume shift and larger nose give this board stable edge-to-edge that eats up some soft groomers....Read more

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About the snowboard gear
  • Model: Rome Ravine Snowboard · Women's · 2023
Test conditions
  • When I bought this: 2023
  • Where I’ve used it: Mammoth, Palisades, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose, Rusutsu, and Niseko United
  • How many times I've used it: 25

Expert Reviews of the Rome Ravine Snowboard

 I picked up this board per a recommendation and haven't regretted it. I'm 5'10" and 140lbs, and the 153cm board fits great. I mainly bring this board out for the deeper days. The larger rocker nose makes it float super well, and the shorter tail combination gives this board a surfy feel in soft snow. It's a good board on the non-powder days, but not great. It cannot handle chunder, chunky snow, or other options. It is also not a carving machine but can lay out a decent carve on a groomer. This board has quick edge-to-edge control and is quite nimble in the trees. In my opinion, this is a great freeride powder board to add to the quiver. Personal Rating: 8/10 Flex Real Feel: 6.5/10 Weight: Light Stance: Setback

Product Specs

Age GroupAdult
GenderWomen's
Model year2023
Snowboard typeAll Mountain, Powder
Skill levelIntermediate, Advanced
Rocker profileRocker/Camber

Review Ratings

Turn Ease

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. This board does not have the fastest turn initiation (compared to other boards), but it gets me there without putting in much effort. Once on edge, it holds well and feels balanced. The edge-to-edge transition is smooth, and it is easy to get energy and pop out of every turn.

Playfulness

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. Rome gives this board a flex rating of 6/10. I would agree with that. Riders have to put in effort to get this board to flex and butter but once they unlock the camber and carbon HotRods, this board becomes more playful in its own way. Lots of pop is stored in this board.

Durability

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. This board is not the most expensive, but it would hold up against any $500+ board. I have tested it through powder, ice, rock, and trees on the mountain. I took this board overseas, where the airlines abused it. There is no edge or base damage, just a couple of scuffs on the topsheet.

High Speed Stability

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. This board can bomb powder fields, groomers, bowls, moguls, and backcountry, but it also handles the chunder/chunky frozen snow as well as some other boards. At speed, it holds true and is stable. Once I get into the re-frozen chunk some resorts get, the board gets a little chattery and starts to buck.

Versatility

3/5
 gave 3 of 5 stars. It's classified as an "all-mountain," but I would call it a "powder all-mountain." This board excels at powder, all-mountain riding in softer conditions, bluebird groomer days, and slushy spring days. It has great pop for side hits, drops, cliffs, and the freeride part of the mountain, but it is not built for the terrain park.

Flotation

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. A 7.5mm taper on the nose gives this board a wide surface that floats like a dream. Diamond 3D gives the board, especially the nose, a spoon-like shape that improves handling and float. The rocker in the front and slight volume shift makes this board a blast in deep snow. If someone needs a powder board in their quiver, the Ravine fits the ticket.

Carving

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. This board carves well for the amount of rocker in the profile. The slight volume shift and larger nose give this board stable edge-to-edge that eats up some soft groomers. The camber on the back side of the board lets me drive in the back foot to rip nice radii. For a true hard carver, I would choose something with full camber.

FAQs

What do you love about this product?

I love how this board feels in powder. It feels effortless. There is no need to lean back and burn out my back leg when riding this board. On a groomer day, this board handles well and carves well, in addition to great handling and pop for those side hits.

What was your favorite moment with this gear?

My favorite moment with this gear was when I took it to Japan, and it performed well beyond my expectations in very deep, wetter snow.

Why did you choose this product?

I chose this product as my powder board because of the nose construction and the float it provides on the deep days.

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