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Rome Blur 2017-2018 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £530 / €600
  • Lengths: 156, 159, 162
  • Flex: 8
  • Profile: Hybrid Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • romesnowboards.com

Rome Snowboards are known for their knack of creating real powerhouses, and the Rome Blur is a fine example. Speed-freaks looking for a new weapon should definitely cast an eye over this one.

“Speed-freaks looking for a new weapon should definitely cast an eye over this one.”

As well as being directionally shaped and pretty darn stiff, the Rome Blur is augmented with carbon in a couple of different ways. In technology unique to the Blur, two curved carbon rods increase the torsional stiffness, giving your carves more welly. There’s also carbon woven into the fibreglass of the board, so you know the Blur will be as responsive as you need it to be.

Naturally it’s got a super-fast base, and the wood core has channels of air running through it to reduce weight. If you’re worried about the board therefore being fragile, don’t be; basalt impact plates ensure this stays in one piece even after countless cliffdrops.

With that in mind, be sure to test this groomer destroyer’s abilities in the backcountry at every given opportunity. Rocker sections at each end make it easier to keep afloat than classic camber boards, but power and precision are still always on hand.

We also like the Rome Blur’s new base graphic, which effectively plays on the name and makes us want to take this for a razz right now.

Tester’s Verdict

Sam McMahon – whitelines.com

“In days past Rome would have just called this a regular rather than ‘fusion’ camber board, as that is essentially what the Blur is. Not that that’s a bad thing though; sometimes a directional-twin, cambered whip is just what the doctor ordered. This thing can go like the clappers, but has a nice balance between buttery and snappy courtesy of the carbon TurboRods flying the length of it.

“This thing can go like the clappers, but has a nice balance between buttery and snappy”

Whilst it is playful, it’s definitely on the freeride end of the spectrum rather than being comfortable in the park, though it does feel as good on kickers and decent sized side hits as it does when you float it off a drop.

It’s an uncomplicated thing really, and sometimes life is best when you keep it simple.”

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