The Rome Blur is the reincarnation of the Anthem SS with a slight tweak on traditional camber. This is a super fun board to carve and if it had a little more float in the nose it would be a great aggressive all mountain one board quiver.
Size: 159 & 162
Conditions: Good Sierra Snow to pretty good Sierra Spring conditions.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Matt, Jack,
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Rover, Burton AMB, Burton Imperial,
Bindings: Rome DOD, Union Atlas, Burton Genesis X, Burton Cartel,
Set Up: A ;little set back with
Approximate Weight: Felt pretty light
Flex: Snappy and medium stiff but not super stiff.
Sizing: The Sweet spot for most boards is the 8-10 size and they are all more for regular sized boots.
On Snow Feel: Yeah this is pretty much camber with only a little tiny little bit of flat to rocker at the tip/tail. So think of this as a camber board, with really lively camber poppy/carvy aggressiveness and almost the same consequence if you fuck up your game. It feels pretty locked in and good timey old school.
Edge Hold: There is a pretty strong grip even though there isn’t much going on in terms of some sort of disruption like the Quick Rip tech which is really holds. Instead it’s not as grippy but it does a pretty good job in hard snow.
Turn Initiation: If you know how to turn it’s really fast and snaps edge to edge well. Very easy to get it quickly from one edge to the other in tighter spots.
Skidded Turns: Not for those who skid their turns and there is consequence here. It’s best for advanced to expert riders.
Carving: Soo much fun to carve and I wanted to carve every turn just like I use to with the old Anthem models. There is lot’s of fun poppy, spring out of each turn that helps set you up for the next one.
Speed: Pretty bomby and damp. It’s not as damp as you thing but it’s got the capability to really open it up and point it.
Uneven Terrain: The Rome Blur was pretty fun in bumpy snow and we did take this down some soft spring bumps. It was our favorite of the directional line of rome when it came to weaving in and out of bumps and it seems like it can be an all day ride. It’s not the easiest on a Saturday afternoon but it does really well for it’s flex.
Powder: Even with the longer nose and set back it’s not a board we would pick for a powder day. We’d much rather be on the Powder Division or something with a lot more rocker in the nose for directional float and this is where we feel the Rome Blur is most incomplete. It absolutely shines on groomers but in powder its the kind of ride that reminds you why so many boards have early rise in the nose these days. If you already have a dedicated powder board than this will fit nice in the quiver for the directional rider. If you don’t then you should think about getting one.
Switch: Not great but doable.
Pipe: I’d like this in the pipe and loved riding my old Anthem in there so don’t see why it wouldn’t be just as good for directional pipe riding.
Jumps: Really good pop off the tail and ollie power. Not the best for landing switch but everything else about the Rome Blur works well for those that like air.
So all in all if you can get past the unforgiving camber feel and sub par float the Rome Blur really shines for those that like to carve, make quick turns and get air.