My regular board is a 09-10 Ride DH2 159 with 10-11 Ride Optimo's. Got the 10-11 Rome Notch 162 and transferred over the Optimos. Home mountain is Snowbird, did Prez weekend on the Ride with not quite 2 feet each day, and then the weekend after with the epic snow on the Rome. This is my first ever powder specific board.
As it is a powder specific board, it does have some short comings:
- Small bumps on groomers, especially late in the day, require extra focus to handle.
- Heavily traveled cat tracks can be hard to speed check on due to the narrow tail.
- Jumps, especially on flat areas landing in soft snow, require a tail first landing, otherwise the nose will dive and over you go.
- Boards turns very fast, even if you have 3+ feet of snow on top of it. Great in moguled up chutes, trees, deep powder, etc.
- Float is just insane. Makes carving powder so much more effortless.
- Rear leg burn is almost completely a thing of the past. On Prez weekend I got bad leg burn after 3 hours. Weekend afterward on this board, was able to do two 6 hour days, with the rear leg no worse off than the front leg.
- Nose dive is nearly non existent. I tried even leaning forward on flat areas with knee deep powder. You can feel the board fight to bring the nose up.
A word about setup. The default stance is very far back, almost like you are about to sit down. I had to move the front binding forward one notch from default to help out.
Bottom line, if you live near resorts that get big storms, get a powder board. Did great for me in Utah snow, would imagine even better for Sierra cement style snow.