Review: Rome Slash 158/390's/Salomon F22/Burton Ronin 2L jacket
Hi Everyone -
As I've posted a few questions to people on this forum regarding gear, I thought the least I could do was give you a run down of my new set-up. All things reviewed here at the 2008 models, as 2009 stuff is not available in Australia yet.
Rome Slash 158: This board is pretty sick...It feels really nice under foot, and shreds the whole mountain. It has a decent amount of flex, enough or buttering and the like, but it wasn't to chattery at high speeds. Handles smooth groomers very well with a good amount of edge hold. It doesn't perform on the mountain like a freeride board, but its good enough to ride the whole thing. In the park it went well, plenty of pop when I gave it some. It also spun very well, and I was landing tricks on it that I just could do before.
Gave it a bit of a run in the powder yesterday. I think the board performed pretty well, floated nicely. I think whatever difficulties I was having had more to do with my lack of skills rather than the board!
Rome 390's: These bindings are comfy as. I didn't have one problem the whole time. They are great. It is a little flexy, but not over the top...It still had enough response to ride the mountain.
My only problem is the weight when combined with the Slash. I thought it was a little heavy to lift, but under foot I didn't notice it at all. The setup is definatly heavier than my old Nitro Team/Missions setup, however it feels a lot sturdier under foot.
Salomon F22 boots: These boots are awesome. Simply the best boots I've ever had. They are perfect for a guy with skinny feet. Not once did I complain about heel lift, because there isn't any. They took a good 3 days to break in...but by the afternoon of the 3rd day they were flexing and riding well. The speed lacing system is AWESOME, so fast and easy. They are a small profile boot, so I actually had to change the setting on my bindings back to a more "normal" level, so i had less toe/heel drag than I've had in the past.
Burton Ronin 2L Jacket: This thing is sick. I rode in pretty terrible weather over the weekend, snow, wind etc...and it took them all laughing.. Its super waterproof, I rode all day in snow, and the jacket was bone dry at the end of the day. I wouldn't say its the warmest jacket ever, but works brillantly as a shell with a couple layers underneath. I'm totally impressed with it!
Any questions just ask!