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Rome Blackjack 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

Freestyle, as everyone knows, started before parks, and if you’re only interested in throwing shapes on the groomed features then you’re doing something wrong. The Rome Blackjack snowboard is for hitting everything and anything you come across, with a flat profile that definitely suits its ‘all-mountain freestyle’ intentions.

A carve on a flat board will never feel like one made on a traditional camber board, but Rome has attempted to minimise the discrepancy on the Blackjack (as well as its other flat sticks) by varying the sidecut. By putting a tighter radius at each end and in the middle, and a longer one at the feet, you should get easier turn initiation and a more powerful exit.

“The Rome Blackjack isn’t exactly a ‘premium’ board, but that’s reflected in the price tag”

As a true twin it’s ripe for the park, where the flat profile won’t easily hang up on rails and boxes but will still deliver enough edge hold for kicker take-offs. The base is a strengthened version of a classic extruded style, so while it won’t be the quickest it can definitely take a beating – as well as being easy to repair when the time comes.

The Rome Blackjack isn’t exactly a ‘premium’ board, but that’s reflected in the pricetag. As a ‘resort’ board to stash alongside your high-tech pow gun, it’s ideal, and would also suit any rider wanting an affordable all-terrain-vehicle.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthiewhitelines.com

“The Rome Blackjack is a fun all-mountain snowboard, and certainly comes in a good price. With this year’s absence of the Rome Marshal, which boasted a similar design, the Blackjack’ll make a fine (albeit less techy) alternative.

“The sidecut does do a good job of compensating for the flat profile when you want a bit of extra edge hold”

The sidecut does do a good job of compensating for the flat profile when you want a bit of extra edge hold, and it delivers a reliable, predictable ride – even if it’s not a particularly exciting one.

For its price, the Rome Blackjack is a solid offering.”

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