Official Rome Thread
Just picked up a 2019 Mod on steep discount and can't wait to ride it, though may have to wait until next season. Seen good reviews and miss the traditional camber profiles of old. Heard its close to a Custom X and I rode an old Custom directional for years so stoked to try it. My first Rome board and can't wait to get that thing on edge. 🙂
I’ve been riding the National Björn Leines this season. Nothing fancy or groundbreaking but a great allrounder. A nice open sidecut so it holds a carve quite well but it’s not that stiff torsionally and I can also muscle it through tighter turns when I want. Great pop and stability too. Even does ok in pow for a twin. I hadn’t had a chance to try the regular National before I pulled the trigger on the BL but with a slightly less stiff tips it would seem to be pretty great as well, maybe a touch more playful
So update on the Blur, I've ridden it pretty sparingly this season just because there's been so much pow. I rode my Moss PQ54 and United Shapes Cadet instead. I rode the Blur for my first full day in months at Northstar and it felt a little off to me. I think it's just from having gotten used to the looser, flowier style of the Moss and Cadet. I'm rocketing around in straight lines less and focusing more on turns in moderate terrain than I was early last season. I can do that sort of riding on the Blur, but it's a much more powerful board than it is a "flow-y" board and the feel of the turn is completely different.
I need to get the Blur back out on a bigger mountain (want to hit Squaw and Mammoth at some point this season) to get a feel back for it. Still a sick board, but right now questioning whether it has a place in the quiver for my evolving style of riding. Might no longer be an daily driver but instead something for days at steeper resorts or crud snow.
Update: currently putting 20k+ vert on the Blur 162 today and remembering why I love this board. Holds up in bullet proof and spring slush. Pretty easy (if not graceful) to ride at slow speeds, but holds up at 50+ mph. I trust it much more than my Cadet 162 (9 more cm of effective edge!) in sketchy conditions.
Damn, don't tempt me. I've already bought one board this season but the Blur sounds so good. It looks like a classic, 'normal' directional board hiding in that pointed nose/cutaway tail shape. A lot of effective edge for a modern board.
Haha, if it's any consolation I do have a couple complaints with the Blur. It seems a tad fragile and I wish the nose was a little stiffer. It's folded on me a couple times in deep carves in chunkier snow. But on the whole, love the board. Easy to ride but holds up at speed. Like you said, rides way more normal than you'd expect from the shape. Ton of edge, lot of confidence in firmer conditions.
Pretty easy to see that the nose and tail shape are just an aesthetic, and it’s really just a normal, barely directional board for riding on a mountain.
*Not trying to take away from the idea that it’s a great deck, just saying