The Rome Libertine is a great snowboard boot from Rome for someone who likes a mid flex. Rome makes pretty comfortable easy fitting boots that are similar to how Burton makes theirs except they don’t have a very reduced footprint and pack out more. For 2014 The Rome Libertine went back to the roots with the traditional lace and dropped their speed lace that they called pureflex.
Flex: Pretty middle ground but from my experience with Rome the flex softens up pretty quickly as you ride it more.
Comfort: Rome’s boots fit similar to the way Burton Boots fit and are very comfortable (sometimes on day 1).
Heel Hold: Pretty mid level heel hold that most have no issues with but if you are really particular about heel hold then go with a BOA boot.
Adjustability: It’s traditional lace so with a little extra effort like with mountaineers knots you can have complete upper and lower adjustability. You can even go tight on the bottom rung of the upper shell to loose at the top rung.
Flex Retention: It has a hint of articulating cuff going on so it will last longer and flex easier than some Rome boots but I’ve found that Rome boots in general break down faster
Response: Despite its almost soft flex it does have a lot of response
Traction: Not terrible and not excellent but just middle ground. There is a mix of rubber with good traction and EVA foam but there is more rubber on the contact points than EVA.
Shock Absorption: The Libertine also has a decent amount of sole cushioning.
Footprint: The 2013 Libertine is about 3/4 to 1 full size bigger. I haven’t found a place that carries 2014 so I’ll just keep the not reduced like the 2013 rating until I can find more proof.
On & Off Ease: It’s nothing super easy each way but those that know and like traditional lace will be fine with how much time it takes to get them on and off.
The 2013 Rome Libertine brought back a better version of the EVA/Rubber combo that they had going in 2011. The only real issues with Rome boots is they can pack out a bit and they don’t have a reduced footprint. If you can live with that you will be pretty happy with the Libertine.
Not much has changed for 2012 but that’s expected after the overhaul in 2011. The only major difference is the sole is now a one piece lighter foam sole which makes the boot lighter and a little more shock absorbent but the overall traction is less than the 2011 bindings.
For 2011 there have been some pretty solid upgrades that increase performance, heel hold and most importantly comfort. Also for 2011 Rome added their version of speed lace and called it the Rome Libertine PureFlex Boot.