Rome Blur 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2018/2019 Rome Blur here

The Details:

Any guesses as to what the Rome Blur would count among its strengths? Hopefully you figured out that this new model is built for speed, both on and off the pistes.

The profile is mainly camber, which is ideal for gripping and ripping on firmer snow. There’s some minimal rocker at each end, which aids the shape in powder-float without losing too much of camber’s strengths.

That profile also means pop on demand, and the Rome Blur has plenty of that. You can see the two carbon rods that give it a boost, as they’re popping through the topsheet. These are also curved to follow the line of the sidecut, so you get even greater performance when holding a strong edge.

We’re not suggesting you take this to the park, but when you come across a natural feature in the backcountry, you can send this high and long (aided by the lightweight core that has air channels running through it).

When it’s time for heavy drops, impacts are absorbed by layers of basalt – a type of volcanic rock, laid super-thin – that sit right underneath your bindings. They ensure there’s less strain on the rest of the core, extending the life of your Blur and ensuring you get the most days possible rinsing this at high speed.

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Copsey – Onboard

“This new model from Rome is one fully directional high speed charger. The first thing you notice is that it’s stiff without being stiff – it has a mellow length-wise flex but torsionally it’s pretty rigid, meaning it was great for blasting hardpack (and one would imagine pow too, but there was none to be found).

At high speed the Blur’s edge hold is super solid, but beware: this does make it twitchy. The board’s sidecut felt it constantly wanted to engage and throw you into another carve so it’s definitely one for riders who like powerful turns, but there was a feeling it would happily kick your arse if you’re not a confident rider.

To sum it up, the Blur is light, fast and a great choice for those who ride with their amps set to 11.”

“This new model from Rome is one fully directional high speed charger.”


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