Rome Vinyl: Best Women’s All-Mountain Snowboards
The Rome Vinyl is a nice choice for women who want an all-mountain snowboard to explore all the terrain that comes their way. I tested this snowboard at a demo and could not believe how similar it was to the Burton Feelgood. In fact, it was created by the same guy who designed the Burton Feelgood. As a plus, the Vinyl is cheaper than its Burton counter-part (but not many riders could distinguish between the two in a blind taste-test). It’s a great value that will last from the bunny hill through the park and into the back bowls.
It is soft enough for beginners, but also rode switch easily, had plenty of pop and still held up well to more aggressive carving. It felt light under my feet and was able to run through both tight turns and long arcs. Extremely aggressive carvers who want to go fast may find a stiffer carving board more satisfying (i.e. Burton Fortress). If you want to do more park, consider a more playful all-mountain snowboard, like the K2 Lunatique.
What size snowboard to buy?
Select the snowboard size based on your weight according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. If you are between sizes, going with the smaller size can be easier to learn on. Snowboarders can often ride more than one size of the same snowboard.