07/10/2010 | by ed
- Price: £420
- Sizes: 146, 149, 152, 154, 156, 156W, 158, 158W, 160, 160W
- Width: Normal, Wide
- Flex: 7
They say: The gold standard, reinvented again.
We say: This is one of Rome’s classics. A stiffish-flexing twin that’s designed with the park or pipe in mind, but will also feel comfortable everywhere else. This camber version is not particularly forgiving, but it’s not meant for novices anyway.
Tester says: Holds an edge very well – a great kicker board.
Buy It Here:
- Building boards since: 2001
- HQ: Waterbury, VT, USA
- History lesson: Formed by two former Burton employees in 2001, Rome’s stated goal was the “corrosion of the corporate…by any means necessary”. Josh Reid and Paul Maravetz started the company after long stints in the industry, deciding that the business of building boards had stagnated and become too focussed on corporate bullshit. Rome offered to “bust out a king-sized syringe, depress the plunger and corrupt the system”. They’ve managed to keep their anti-corporate rep despite now being one of the biggest, most successful board brands in the world.
- Ridden by: Grungy young guns who duct tape the holes in their jackets cos they prefer it that way. And everyone in Scotland.