Rome Powder Division MT 2019

The Powder Division MT is a unique rig. Upon first glance its low-entry nose and tail make it apparent where its priorities lie. This board is made for pow. With a massive nose hallmarked by lifted contact points—Rome calls this 3D Camber—and a short moontail, the plane is the name of the MT's game. A directional profile puts camber in the rear that blends to subtle rocker in the nose. Paired with taper in the teens and a waist in the mid 26-centimeter range, float is no issue for the Powder Division, even in a length shorter than you may typically ride. This uncommon buoyancy in a small package makes it a choice ride in the trees, on small pockets of tranny, and anywhere maximum maneuverability is desired. Its profile handles steeps with confidence but glides through flat sections with ease. For a board with an aesthetic that stands out, it is versatile in a freeride sense. With a single carbon rod inlayed, the board is lively but retains torsional flex, and an insert pattern that can be slammed to the back allows this deck to be as directional as it gets.


This board is made for pow. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton


MSRP: $460

Sizes: 140, 153, 157

Specs and Features:

  • Pop Core Matrix
  • StraightBiax Carbon Laminate
  • TurboRods: Carbon Single Barrel
  • SinterStrong Sidewalls
  • SinterTrue Base
  • Bi-Radial Sidecut
  • Taper—12mm to 20mm


A massive nose hallmarked by lifted contact points. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

Taper in the teens and a waist in the mid 26-centimeter range. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

It handles steeps with confidence but glides through flat sections with ease. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

Lively but retains torsional flex. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

Float is no issue for the Powder Division, even in a length shorter than you may typically ride. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton


While it's hard to have a bad time riding powder, doing so on a board designed specifically for that purpose elevates the experience. Float is the ultimate goal of a powder board, which can be achieved through a variety of characteristics. Taper means the board's nose is wider than its tail, allowing the board to plane easier in deep snow. Setback inserts work in a similar way, creating more nose than the tail. Strategically designed rocker and camber profiles can enhance float by affecting the way the board reacts to powder. Additional surface area, especially in the nose, is an especially importance trait in a powder board and can be enhanced through additional length, width, or a blend of both. We found the ideal venue to assess these characteristics, by way of a place called Baldface Lodge. Nestled in the British Columbia backcountry, Baldface is accessible in the winter only by helicopter—or a combination of boat and snowcat when there are too many flakes falling to fly. It is a powder paradise unlike anywhere in the world. We showed up here to a fresh meter and a storm that piled up deeper and deeper. Reviewing powder boards: It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.

See more 2019 powder board reviews here.