Rome Libertines

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Rome Libertine review

I’ve been in riding in Rome Libertines on and off for 5 years now. In addition to the Libertines I’ve tested boots from Burton/Vans/Deeluxe and 32, and I’ve found most boots last 5–8 weeks before they break down and start developing leaks and pressure points.

The biggest difference with these boots is the durability. On average I ride 12 weeks in the mountains. My riding is a combination of splitboarding/off piste, park and piste. In the UK I hit the indoor slopes around 50 times in a year. To that extent I need a pair of boots that will last in a variety of conditions and handle lengthy wear times.

These boots are marketed as the seasonnaire boot, and I can vouch for the fact that they do last. Here’s the official spiel:

“Armed with classic styling with a mid-range flex and a truck-load of tech, the Libertine delivers crowd-pleasing performance that can handle anything riders throw at it. While some riders lace into it for all-mountain freeriding and others get into for a life more focused on parks, there is one thing that Libertine riders agree on — the need for a lace up boot that has a medium flex and a healthy dose of premium fit technology.”

Summary

Durability — 8 out of 10

A solid boot that can take a beating. I think this is down to the materials. They incorporate a lot more materials in the liner than other brands. They feel sturdy and over engineered compared to other boots I’ve tested.
Minor wear on the outer of the toe box fabric covering on pre 2019 models. That can be superglued to stop any excess wear. At around 10 weeks of riding I’ve needed to superglue a couple of minor bits of the sole that was releasing form the shell.

Waterproofness — 8 out of 10

Overall really solid. They do hold moisture under the liner, so every now and then I pull out the liner to let the whole boot dry. No significant leaks. If I know I’m off for a prolonged shred I will spray waterproofer over them to offer a little more protection and reassurance.

Fit — 8 out fo 10

I’d say the fit is a mid wide. Similar to a Salomon or Vans boots. Awesome straight out of the box. I’ve never heat moulded mine. Heat moulding gives you about a 3 day wear bonus, and I don’t need that. I do swap out the footbed for a Superfeet Green footbed to provide more support.

There is a lace heel lock attached to the outer shell that holds your foot in place well. That means I can have a more relaxed upper cuff to the boot allowing me more ankle flex.
They’re sizing is much better than other makes, in that it will match your own leisurewear shoe size.

The key difference is you get a decent responsive boot without having to deal with pressure points that arise from having an overly stiff top end boot.

Styling — 7 out of 10

Nothing to write home about. They’re under stated and dependable. It’s a traditional lace up boot that turns some people off as other brands push multiple lace locks and boa’s tech, but in all honesty it works. Simple and easy to replace if any issues arise.
The key is you can chill at the bar listening to the stories from your mates as they complain about the fit of their outfit matching fluro special edition boots.

Weight — 6 out of 10

This is a compromise with the durability of the boot. The longer it lasts the more stuff needs to be put in the boot. I’d say they’re not super light and they have a slightly larger footprint than most other boots on the market, so be aware if you’re on the cusp of binding sizes as you may need to size up your bindings. For example I’m a UK 9 US 10 and they fit snugly in Union Binding Force/Contact Pro in a Large and a Rome Vice on a Large/XL.

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