Review: Rome Stale Fish Snowboard · 2024

Published on 04/12/2024 · 3 min readCurated Expert, Brigham R., has tested this product to give you their unbiased, definitive take.
Brigham R., Snowboarding Expert
By Snowboarding Expert Brigham R.
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Photo by Brigham R.

The Curated Take

4.0/5

The Rome Stale Fish Snowboard is ideal for intermediate to advanced riders seeking a versatile board that excels in fresh, soft snow or clean groomers. Its surfy feel allows for easy steering off the back foot and is excellent for slashing through trees. While it may lack stability at high speeds, its decent edge hold on groomers and great float make it a fun and playful choice. It's not the most forgiving board, but it rewards riders who ride with intention and push its limits. Overall, it's a great option for riders looking for a powder board that can handle various conditions.

Ideal for
  • Great float
  • Nice surfy feel
  • Decent edge hold on a groomer
Not ideal for
  • Gets unstable at high speeds
Playfulness
Brigham R., Curated Expert
This new version of the Stale Fish makes the board a little less directional and a little better for natural terrain freestyle-type moves. It's also pretty comfortable hitting some jumps...Read more
Durability
Brigham R., Curated Expert
Rome is a trusted brand; I've owned a few of their boards without issues. Their build quality is on par with that of any other respected snowboard brand. Like most...Read more
Turn Ease
Brigham R., Curated Expert
I expected the Stale Fish to be looser and surfier than it is, but it has quite a bit of camber and takes a little commitment to turn. It's not...Read more
High Speed Stability
Brigham R., Curated Expert
Due to a fairly stiff flex and a good bit of camber, I think most riders will find this to be pretty stable at high speeds. Only those who push...Read more
Carving
Brigham R., Curated Expert
I wouldn't get this board specifically for carving, but it's quite fun on a groomer, especially for short, quick carves up to more medium length carves. The board is fairly...Read more
Versatility
Brigham R., Curated Expert
Even though this is marketed as a powder board, Stale Sandbech definitely designed it to be versatile. The binding inserts aren't setback much, so it can be ridden with a...Read more
Flotation
Brigham R., Curated Expert
The Stale Fish isn't the ultimate powder board. There are others with purer float. But there are trade-offs. The Stale Fish does just fine. Making it even more pow-focused would...Read more

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About the snowboard gear
  • Model: Rome Stale Fish Snowboard · 2024
Test conditions
  • Where I've used this: In a variety of conditions in Utah
  • How many times I've used it: 6

Expert Reviews of the Rome Stale Fish Snowboard

 I've tested the Stale Fish in a variety of conditions, and like most volume-shifted pow boards, it's happiest in fresh, soft snow or clean groomers. The Stale Fish has a nice surfy feel where riders can steer easily off the back foot and is especially at home slashing through fresh snow in the trees. The Stale Fish is also pretty stiff and has a decent amount of camber, so it's pretty fun doing quick carves on a groomer as well. It does get a bit overwhelmed at higher speeds and can get chattery. It's also not the most forgiving of boards in this style. Riders have to be a bit on their game with it, but it will reward them if they push it a bit and ride it with intention.

Product Specs

Age GroupAdult
GenderMen's
Model year2024
Snowboard typeFreestyle, Powder
Skill levelAdvanced, Expert
Rocker profileRocker/Camber

Review Ratings

Playfulness

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. This new version of the Stale Fish makes the board a little less directional and a little better for natural terrain freestyle-type moves. It's also pretty comfortable hitting some jumps and would be okay on some rails, but not great. It's most happy in a bit of pow, slashing through the trees, and doing quick carves on a nice groomer.

Durability

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. Rome is a trusted brand; I've owned a few of their boards without issues. Their build quality is on par with that of any other respected snowboard brand. Like most boards, things can go wrong if someone abuses it, but they can still ride this thing as hard as they want, and it will last for years. Just don't run it into things that aren't made of snow.

Turn Ease

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. I expected the Stale Fish to be looser and surfier than it is, but it has quite a bit of camber and takes a little commitment to turn. It's not hard by any means, and riders can skid it, but it's not for beginners. The experienced rider will have no issues turning this board.

High Speed Stability

3/5
 gave 3 of 5 stars. Due to a fairly stiff flex and a good bit of camber, I think most riders will find this to be pretty stable at high speeds. Only those who push it to the outer limits will run into some instability. Around 35+ miles per hour, the nose starts to flap, and the flex gets maxed out.

Carving

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. I wouldn't get this board specifically for carving, but it's quite fun on a groomer, especially for short, quick carves up to more medium length carves. The board is fairly stiff and has quite a bit of camber, so it locks in pretty well on edge. When I push it hard enough and go fast enough, I can start to feel the limits of the power, but overall, it is a fun carver.

Versatility

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. Even though this is marketed as a powder board, Stale Sandbech definitely designed it to be versatile. The binding inserts aren't setback much, so it can be ridden with a pretty centered feel. It's fun to carve, comfortable hitting jumps, and wouldn't even be bad hitting some rails in the park. I wouldn't pick this for charging in variable terrain, but other than that, it's pretty fun in a variety of conditions.

Flotation

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The Stale Fish isn't the ultimate powder board. There are others with purer float. But there are trade-offs. The Stale Fish does just fine. Making it even more pow-focused would mean riders would lose a lot of the versatility that the board has in its new design.

FAQs

What do you love about this product?

I love how the Stale Fish mixes an aggressive freestyle feel with a powder shape. It's a fairly surfy powder board, but I can ride it with a more freestyle stance on firm snow and have some fun doing whatever with it.

Why did you choose this product?

I chose the Stale Fish because I like Rome's freestyle boards, and I wanted to see what a more powder-oriented shape from Rome would be like.

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