Rude Girls x Snowboard Mag 2023 Board Test: Rome Muse

“The ‘Heck, yeah!’ moments did not stop when riding the Muse.”
– Delaney Cameron, Rude Girls

The 2023 Rome Muse was one of the very favorite decks at the Rude Girls x Snowboard Mag Board Test at Sunshine Village; testers were clamoring to grab screwdrivers and changeover their bindings onto the board. Why was it such a favorite? Because the Muse is a definition of a quiver killer: a board that can literally do it all and do it all well.

Sending all-day park laps? The Muse handles jumps and jibs with the perfect balance of flex and stability. Lapping hardpack steeps? The Muse goes edge to edge with precision and holds a line even when conditions are icy. Seeking out side hits and buttering around? The Muse is plenty playful so you creative line-finding can shine.

How does the Rome Muse excel in all of these ways? The foundation of the board has a softer flex combined with Rome’s Fusion camber (traditional between the bindings and rocker on the tip and tail) that blends response and playfulness in one high-performance package. In short, the Muse is the definition of an all-mountain freestyle snowboard; it’s ready to rip turns but its personality is rooted in freestyle shenanigans.

Ally Watson, member of the Rude Girls and Snowboard Mag contrib, gave the Muse favorable marks, saying, “This board was born to turn and burn. It maintains great stability in and out of turns without feeling chattery at all. The Bamboo hotrods not only give this board added pop, but give it some extra life when initiating turns. It cuts through chop and chunder easily, holds an edge super well in variable snow, and handles well at high speeds. It was immediately predictable and incredible responsive.”

Delaney Cameron, who has spent seasons working the sales floor at Rude Girls, agreed. “The Muse is definitely snappy, poppy, and responsive. It felt fun, energetic, and effortless ripping this board around the mountain.”

While the Muse isn’t powder-specific, if you’re looking for a daily driver that can also handle fresh show, the directional twin shape means the nose is a little longer than the tail, though the other specs line up with a twin ride. Set the bindings back and the Muse can be a powder pony.

Ivika and some Green Mountain Muse-ing. p: Walsh

So, who is the Rome Muse a great board for?

Because of the Muse’s forgiving flex, responsive turning, and overall stability, it is a great snowboard for a variety of levels of boarder, especially if you have interest in the park–or in taking a creative approach to everyday, all-mountain lapping. Beginners in the park will benefit from the soft feel of the Muse that won’t noodle out on landings, while more advanced riders (see: Rome team pros like Ivika Jürgenson and Madison Blackley who both back the Muse) will benefit from the pop and responsiveness that the Muse brings to their, well, on hill musings. The Rude Girls were all in agreement when Delaney said, “I think this could easily be a board for everyone! Especially that person who just wants one board to rip it up everywhere.

“This board is solid as heck! It handled all terrain so well including jumps. It is a total quiver killer.” – Ally Watson, Rude Girls crew and Snowboard Mag writer

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