Man, I remember when Rome first started. They came out with some serious heat. The main heat was that the fellows who started the company built boards at Burton for years, and had left to do their own thing...... make high quality shreds with an extremely punk rock vibe. Pretty awesome combo, and years later they seem to have succeeded. Rome boards are powerful, durable, long lasting, shred ready sticks, that are just looking for an owner that wants to have a good time. Give them a test drive.