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Rome Blur 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes149, 153, 156, 159, 162, 164W
  • Flex: 8
  • Profile: Hybrid Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £529 / €619

Thanks to the shape and the name, the Rome Blur snowboard sets out its stall right from the off. Like redlining the speedometer above all else? This could be the one for you.

The Rome Blur is definitely a bit of a beast, clocking in at the stiffer end of the spectrum partially thanks to the two carbon rods, curved to match the sidecut, that sit within the core. This firms up the Blur both along its length and from edge to edge, so you need to work this one with your feet.

“Get the Blur up to speed and it really comes into its own”

You get out what you put in, though; get the Blur up to speed and it really comes into its own. It’s stable, strong through the carve and, thanks to the high quality sintered base, will glide as quickly as you dare.

There’s extra carbon in the fibreglass, with a layup that’s tweaked for response, and the core has made significant weight savings without losing the support and stability you need from a board built to charge.

It’s not just for the groomers; the Rome Blur is just as adept at blasting down a pow face – aided in part by that shape. Should you send this off a cliff (and you should, if you can), impact plates help to absorb the energy from a heavy touchdown and keep the Blur going for longer.

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Copseyonboardmag.com

“I tried the Year One version of the Blur and found it to be a bit too twitchy for my liking, but in the two winters since its debut it seems Rome has fine tuned this fully directional steed to make the perfect, aggressive, high speed missile.

“It still has lots of sidecut, so it turns on a dime”

It’s super powerful and great for blasting turns wherever – I was mainly riding pow but had some great carvy hardpack runs on the way to the goods too. It still has lots of sidecut, so it turns on a dime, but it can be a bit twitchy if you’re not properly on it.

If you’re down to go fast, drop stuff or slash through chutes then give the Blur a whirl.”

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