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Old 08-01-2012, 08:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default DC Vs. Rome Vs. YES Vs. Nitro

Ok folks, I'm in the market for a new board this year and I'm polling the masses for opinions/reviews.

Disclaimer: (I only would like input from people who have 1st hand experience with one of the boards. Not looking for the peanut gallery to chime in saying "Rome sucks b/c the board graffix are lame". That has nothing to do with the funcationality of a board and helps me none.)

Now that is out of the way. Here is my riding style and what im looking to do....

I live on the east coast but do take trips out west. I'd say i ride groomers 75% of the time and park 25%. I'll ride the trees and powder when im out west or if im at a resort in the north east and conditions allow. I mostly am buttering around, hitting natural features and laying it over on a rail. Just good all around shredding.

So that said, obviously im looking for an all mountain board. And since im riding groomers and carving mostly, i want camber of a form of hybrid for stability purposes. But also want the ability to have some float for the pow.

The boards i am considering are as follows:

DC MLF

Rome Crail
Rome Agent

YES Basic (camrock or camber) either is fine.

Nitro Team (gullwing)

I've heard great things about all those boards from transworld snow to general public. I know all have great build quality.

Let me know your thoughts.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm surprised no one has any opinions.

After doing a bit more research im kinda feeling like the DC MLF and the YES Basic are "can't go wrong" type boards that will handle everything. Then Rome is just solid.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I can speak to the Rome Agent. I rode the 2009 Agent for the past three seasons and LOVED it. (It even got stolen from me for half a season and the police found the guy who stole it and I got my board back. It can has gud karmas no?)

Haha, but in all seriousness the Agent rips. I ride northeast as well and it holds up really well in all conditions. I ride pretty aggressively and the thing can hold an edge very well. I only found it to get a bit chattery on the really really bulletproof conditions but thats to be expected as its a mid-flex board (sits around a 6 or so, 10 being very stiff, 1 being buttery).

I ride about 50-60% park, and I could do everything in the park with it. Jibs, tables, pipe, you name it. It can handle powder decently - I never set my stance back but I bet if you did it would ride as well as anything on a powdery VT day. Then again, I bought it knowing that I wouldn't really be riding much powder as an east coast rider.

I like Rome a lot. A friend of mine rides the Postermania and loves it - maybe something else to look into as well.

Good luck, hope this helped.
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I cant speak to that specific YES board, but I have a Nidecker Megalight (Nidecker is the parent and or partner company to YES)

The megalight has the camrock profile with the ultimate grip sidecut. It is the funnest board I have ever ridden. It has a very directional tapered shape, so it isn't really meant for freestyle. The edgehold is insane. On good snow days I was able to consistently touch my knees on toeside carved turns on steeper pitches. It is easy to carve a full circle back uphill on flatter areas.

Anyway the YES great women of history board (or great boobs) have that same technology in a twin tip. I would highly recommend the ultimate grip edge. The camrock profile is nice too. The board has a traditional camber feel, but the profile makes it ride/feel like a shorter board.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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good stuff. Since it feels like it rides like a shorter board, would you say you need to size up a tad, or you can still ride your normal length? Probably just preference at that point really, so probably a mute point but....
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Its hard to say... I would look more at the weight range. Since you are more into carving a little more edge (that comes along with a longer board) wouldn't hurt. Just make sure you aren't on the bottom end of the recommend weight range.

My Megalight is the 163 and I normally ride a 155 twin tip.
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I can't comment on those boards but I have the Rome agent with rocker and it handles all mountain excellently I like the rocker for when I do park but since you're mainly carving doing groomers it's probably better without the rocker. The other boards may be better for you but I have not ridden those.
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The YES is blah. The Crail is a budget ride. The Agent Rocker was a decent board but not my favorite. The MLF is a beefed build full camber deck, not many people are gonna like it. The Team Gullwing is a super rad board and you would love it. Get that.
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