Well I got my Rome Machine 157 the other day and finally got to ride it today.
First and foremost let me say the graphics on the board are beautiful. The florescent base also gives this cool green glowy effect with the way it reflects light, its pretty cool.
I detuned it slightly before I hit the slopes today (new board after all). But the board comes with a 3 degree bevel which is pretty crazy and already helps a lot for jibs.
Park: Its definitely a freestyle board being pretty flexy for a wide board, still far from a noodle though but still a lot softer than the Rome Slash, which means its pretty easy to butter with. It has a 3 degree bevel which helped a lot with jibs. I didnt hang up at all today. Twin shape made it great for switch riding. The board had a suprising amount of pop, especially because it was pretty flexible. The high bevel and soft nature of the board made landings a little trickier on bigger jumps/sketchy landings, but on smaller and mid size jumps it took em like a champ. 26 wide made it super easy to stomp landings.
Blues and Greens: I was originally pretty worried how this board would ride for just free riding, but it ended up doing really well. Cruising down blues and greens were a breeze and hardly noticed anything different from riding a more freeride board down the slopes. I was riding on machine groomed packed powder, in case anyone was wondering the conditions.
Blacks: I was really worried about hitting steep blacks with this board, but it did great. I could hit the blacks fine with a decent amount of speed, but not super fast. I definitely had to carve a little sharper because of the high bevel, but still wasnt too bad. It handled the moguls pretty well too, but like I said the high edges definitely made it harder.
Overall: I really love this board. It looks awesome and rides even better. It is made for the park for sure, but can handle just about everything else as long as you learn how to handle it. I really recommend this board for any large footed people who need a solid freestyle board. The only thing I'm waiting to see is how, with the high bevel, this board handles in icy conditions.
Now big foots, go forth and jib!