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Old 12-10-2007, 01:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rome Smart Base, AKA NO WAX

Anyone know more details about this? I emailed Rome SDS but havent heard diddly squat back.

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A new wax-free hybrid base built by combining polypropylene with a selection of nanochemical additives. Harder than other bases, it is faster un-waxed than a traditional high-end base with wax. Self-adjusts to snow conditions to deliver the highest speeds without any need to use that thrift-store iron. Exclusive to Rome and one other snowboard company.

I mean sounds too good to be true. And actually i like the fact about waxing because it fills in dings, scars, scratches etc. (we get alot here on the east coast)
This is on the Rome Design

Bases/Universals | Rome Snowboard Design Syndicate 2008

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Old 12-10-2007, 02:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hm...never heard about it, but if it's true I want one! lol
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Old 12-10-2007, 03:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's new for this year...I'm surprised they haven't gotten back to you, they responded superquick to my inquiries which is what helped lead me to buying a Rome. When I get home tonight I'll try to find the direct email of the rep I was talking to about their products. If I find it I'll PM it to you.

as an FYI he seemed pretty stoked on it
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Sounds like I bought my new Rome board a little early, hehe.
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Anyone have any new info about Smartbase in terms of not needing to wax, can/should you wax it anyway, and durability? I'm thinking about picking up the Rome Design but want to know if it'll be durable enough for the long term without waxing it.

I found an article about the technology and I think it was used on some skis before the Nitro and Rome snowboards.

http://www.felix-engineering.de/deu/..._smartbase.pdf
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Anyone have any new info about Smartbase in terms of not needing to wax, can/should you wax it anyway, and durability? I'm thinking about picking up the Rome Design but want to know if it'll be durable enough for the long term without waxing it.

I found an article about the technology and I think it was used on some skis before the Nitro and Rome snowboards.

http://www.felix-engineering.de/deu/..._smartbase.pdf
waxing it can't hurt it IMO, your just filling in fine points and pores on the base. When the wax runs out you have the smart base. Plus it's hard enough to keep wax on the board so it'll fade eventually.

I already went ahead and purchased a ROME Design and from what I can tell it is HARDLY scratch resistant. I already got a knick or two from just moving it around (havent rode it yet). I am going to whistler in the morning and will be there for a week. I put a coat of wax on the board so I can wear it away all week and see how it performs at the end of the week. I'll let you all know how it goes. Later
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yeah it actually is pretty sweet. The only issues we have run into is when it comes to tuning (p-texing). since its not your regular p-tex base what do you fix it with? it does not hold p-tex for the life of it.

Honestly that is the only negative i have seen or heard of so far.. props for something different in my opinion.
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yeah it actually is pretty sweet. The only issues we have run into is when it comes to tuning (p-texing). since its not your regular p-tex base what do you fix it with? it does not hold p-tex for the life of it.

Honestly that is the only negative i have seen or heard of so far.. props for something different in my opinion.
yeah i totally agree. but
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Unlike Polyethylene soles the FX SMARTBASE® - Technology is able to
- bring always good gliding properties in every snow conditions, even without waxes.
- always look new, because it never gets grey.
- give a very high scratch resistance.
- be repaired with the origin material.
So where do i get the original material...

I think temporarily I will ONLY ride this stick on really good days of powder and just wax it to fill in the ridges, scratches, and valleys of the board. Until I find some smart base ptex....
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