Hello and welcome to my Rome Stale Crewzer review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Stale Crewzer as an aggressive all-mountain snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Stale Crewzer a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other aggressive all-mountain snowboards.
Board: Rome Stale Crewzer 2023
Style: Aggressive All-Mountain
Flex Rating: Medium (6/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Stiff (6.5/10)
Rating Score: 84.2/100
Compared to other Men’s Aggressive All-Mountain Boards
Out of the 19 men’s aggressive all-mountain snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Stale Crewzer’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Stale Crewzer ’s specs and available sizes.
Sintered (Rome's "SinterStrong" base)
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Stale Crewzer Most Suited To?
The Stale Crewzer is best suited to those who want to do a bit of everything on the mountain, but rarely see deep powder - or have another board for that. And when doing a bit of everything they want to do it more aggressively - riding faster and carving as opposed to slashing.
But this thing can take you anywhere and do anything - the biggest weaknesses being jibs, powder and skidded turns. If those things aren't of concern to you, this board is likely going to excite you, if you ride it.
Certainly not for a beginner. A little too stiff and can punish you for poor technique, but because it's not ultra stiff, a high end intermediate rider with solid technique should be fine - and advanced and expert riders who are a style match with this board should have a blast.
The Stale Crewzer in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Stale Crewzer is capable of.
Board: Rome Stale Crewzer 2023, 156cm (254mm waist width)
Date: February 17, 2022
Overhead: Whiteout. Visibility really bad. Like 20%. Got a little better after a while.
Temperature: -1°C (30°F) through the day. -4°C (25°F) with wind chill in morning. -1°C (30°F) with wind in afternoon. Wind pretty much non existent though. 5kph (3mph) winds all day. Slight change of wind direction in afternoon, which wasn't as cold a wind.
24 hour snow: 0cm (0")
48 hour snow: 0cm (0")
7 day snow: 4cm (1.5")
On groomer: Nicely groomed. Soft packed. Got slushier as the day went on.
Off groomer: Pretty soft with a couple of harder semi icy patches but for the most part semi-slush, particularly as the day went on.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 575mm (22.6″) - reference stance was 535mm (21") but I rode it with a wider stance
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 266mm (10.47") at front and back insert (at the 575mm (22.6") stance - 264mm at the 535mm (21") reference stance)
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Boot Size: US9.5 Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight: 2840grams (6lbs 4oz)
Weight per cm: 18.21 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.59 grams/cm*
*based on a sample size of around 200 models that I’ve weighed in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023 models. The Stale Crewzer was slightly lighter than average weight and felt normal on snow.
No powder to test in on the day.
According to specs, it hasn't got a lot going for it in terms of powder. Yes, it has a little rocker in the nose, but this thing is camber dominant and that rocker is pretty subtle. It's not a full twin, so there is a marginally longer nose than tail, but again it's pretty subtle and it has a centered reference stance.
You can lay down a really nice carve on this board - and where the camber dominant profile doesn't help with powder, it certainly helps with carving. You can lay this board over pretty deep and it will oblige.
Ease of Turning/Slashes: Not super easy to turn on. It's got good spring out of a turn for sure, which was really fun, but you do have to work a bit for it. It's not completely effortless.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: It's not lightning quick edge-toe-edge when you're riding it slower. It's not sluggish either, but you do have to muscle it a little bit, so it's not effortless maneuverability, but when you do muscle it a bit, it responds fairly quick, even at slower speeds.
Skids: Not the easiest to skid turns on. It can punish you for sure. It's not the catchiest thing going around either, but you can't get too lazy on it.
I found I could really open this board out and bomb it. It can handle a good amount of speed and with minimal chatter.
Crud/Chunder: Smashed the crud pretty well. Not super easy to correct, if you're gonna skid but correction not really needed most of the time. You could commit to it and plow through.
Trees/Bumps: Not super fast edge-to-edge but nimble enough when you commit your weight. Not effortless so could get fatiguing by end of day if not that fit/strong.
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Overall really well suited to jumps.
Pop: When you wind it up, there's a really good amount of pop in this board. But it's not super easy to access - you do have to put it in to get it out. If you're someone who prefers to get pop without much effort, you might find it too much hard work. But if you're looking for really good pop and willing to to put it in, then you should love the pop it has.
Approach: Nice and stable and you can definitely pick your line and gun it. Not quite as good when you want to make little corrections along the way.
Landing: Stomper! Enough said.
Side-hits: All good for the most part. Approach to trickier side hits or last minute spotting not ideal, but all round good for side hits.
Small jumps/Big Jumps: This board prefers larger jumps, IMO. But still really good for medium jumps as well.
Feels pretty similar riding in both directions - and that's no surprise given that it's pretty much a centered twin on effective edge. Can feel a little catchy on transitions though.
Overall pretty good. Good landing/setting up switch, and good overall pop. With a little easier access pop and a little less catchy on switch transitions, I would prefer it a little more.
It's not the kind of board that just butters when you just think about buttering or anything, but it's not super hard to butter either, when you commit your weight to it. I'd say 3.5/5.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
It's not a walk in the park on a Sunday afternoon. You've got to ride this board pretty hard. But when you do, it gives back and is seriously fun for carves and popping big air.
Doesn't do the best when it comes to powder, jibs or skidded turns, but outside of that it can do pretty much everything else well.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
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I got a Service Dog as my first cruiser board…
And looking to step up with a more all-rounder.
I quite like Rome products (use the Vice bindings), so looking to maybe stick with the brand for a more all-rounder/all-mountain board.
Do you have any experience with the Rome Freaker? Looks kind of similar to the Crewzer, but a little cheaper, so a little confused which to choose.
10.5 boots, 200lbs, PNW conditions. Thinking 158 should be a decent size… or do you recommend a wide?
Thanks for your message.
We haven’t tested the Freaker, so can’t say from experience the differences. On paper, the Freaker looks to be a little stiffer and with a slower, lower quality base (which is likely the biggest factor in the price difference – two major things which tend to make boards cheaper or more expensive are flex (stiffer usually more expensive) and base). The Stale Crewzer is likely a little lighter too. But in terms of how they feel in reality, hard to say, having not tested it.
I think the Stale Crewzer would be a good compliment to the Service Dog (again, haven’t ridden the service dog, but based on specs).
I think the main thing, depending on how fussy you are about base speed (and potentially lightness) is how stiff you’ll want it. The Stale Crewzer looks to be a little stiffer than the Service Dog and then the Freaker a little stiffer again. So, if you were wanting something more of an all-rounder but similar/not too much stiffer than the Service dog, then the Stale Crewzer would be the way to go.
Length-wise, I think you’d be fine on the 158 of either. But if you could let me know your height as well. Weight and boot size are the most important sizing factors, but I like to take into account height as well, because it does have a leverage factor. Also the size of your service dog would be helpful too.
Width-wise, I think you should be fine with 10.5s. If you ride with really bulky boots, have a flat back binding angle and like really carve deep, then it could be pushing it, but in most scenarios, I wouldn’t go wide with either the Stale Crewzer or Freaker.
Hope this helps with your decision
Thank you for the reply!
Sometimes all these manufacturers play word salad in naming their base materials, so it’s a little confusing how much “more” speed you’re getting from a more expensive base.
Anyways, I’m 6ft 1, riding Vans Infuse 10.5. I hear that Vans are smaller footprint… but idk. It’s smaller than the 32s I’ve had before… but they still look bulkier than say Ride/K2 boots. When I tested them at the shop.
I had this random discussion about overhang with a buddy recently… which pretty much summed up as: if overhang was so “bad”, then every board would be a wide! Do wish more manufacturers publish widths at insert packs so it’s easier to calculate the ideal width of a snowboard to get.
Appreciate all the work, effort and advice you give back to the community.
Hope you have a great season!
Firstly, yes some overhang is a good thing for sure. If you’ve got no overhang at all, then the board is likely too wide for you. But too much overhang can lead to boot drag. And yes, I totally agree that more brands should publish width at inserts. We try our best to get as many boards measured so we’ve got the info for as many as we can.
On average I’ve found Vans to be low profile – in terms of length, which is what we’re concerned about when it comes to boot drag. I found the Infuse was quite bulky around the top of the boot, but length-wise a shorter footprint. Ride tend to be fairly good in terms of footprint too, though on average not quite as short as I’ve found Vans to be. K2, in my experience, tend to have a longer than average footprint. I think so long as your not eurocarving with a flat back binding angle, you’ll be fine on the 158.
I’d consider going to 158 for your specs to be sizing down a little, but given you already have the Service Dog in your Quiver, it might make sense or even if you just prefer to go a little shorter.
David Cherry says
Hey Tim…Great review! How do you think this compares up to the Burton Custom? Mostly what it does better Vs worse?
David Cherry says
Nate* (not Tim). Got sidetracked reading haha
All good David.
Thanks for your message.
I would say the following:
– Stale Crewzer has to be ridden a little more aggressively. Both are boards that like to be ridden a little aggressively, but a little more so with the Stale Crewzer I found. Neither are boards that you have to be riding fast/aggressive all the time – they have some ability to slow down and still be OK to ride, but prefer to be ridden a little aggressively, with the Stale Crewzer a little more so.
– Custom a little more snappy than the Stale Crewzer – which is a smoother feeling ride. A little less energy, particularly if you don’t put energy into it.
– Stale Crewzer a little better in icy conditions, but it’s pretty close.
– For easy turns/slashing I slightly preferred the Custom – again really going back to how much energy/how aggressively you need to ride each board to get the most out of it. The Custom turns a little easier with less effort input versus the Stale Crewzer, in my experience.
– Slightly preferred the Custom for jumps. Breaking that down further. I found it was easier to pop. They both had a similar amount of overall pop – maybe the Stale Crewzer a touch more. But the Custom you could access that pop with less effort. With the Stale Crewzer there wasn’t a lot of easy pop. You had to wind it up to get it. When you did it gave back in spades. But the Custom was easier to pop – and then when you wound it up, it gave a little more. Also preferred the Custom on sidehits overall. But both very good on jumps too, so this is nitpicking a little bit.
– Slightly preferred Stale Crewzer for crud. It smashed through it or over it and it did really well to remain stable and carry on. Custom wasn’t bad there either, but not quite as good as Stale, IMO.
For everything else (speed, carving, powder etc) they were as good as each other, in my experience.
Hope this gives you more to go off