Snowboard Iskola

Binding Model: Rome 390 Boss

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Binding Size: M/L

Stance and Angles: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boot Used: K2 Thraxis

Boot Size: 10

Board Used: Telos Mike Ranquet

Rider Weight: 200lbs

Location: Arapahoe Basin

Conditions: Late day storm that was finishing, some choppy pow on top of crust and ice, chunder, slush, soft left over groomers in spots, and hot pow in others.

Binding Adjustability: This is pretty straight forward stuff on this binding. You have 4 screws for adjusting the heel cup, the toe ramp has a couple positions you can put it into, there’s a forward lean adjustment on the highback, there’s a slide track on the highback to rotate it, and you have flip tabs on the straps to lengthen or shorten them.

Straps: The toe strap is Romes Auxtech toe strap which grips exceptionally well and fits just about any boot shape. The heel strap is their Pureflex Ankle strap which has a ton of give to it and is very thin. This removes excess material and forces the boot to provide padding. It does give a more optimal fit but sacrifices rigidity.

Ratchets: Rome knows how to make ratchets. They climb well, release easily with that one finger quick release tab, and do their job.

Highbacks: This is a very minimal designed highback with a ton of flex. This lets you push into it and not have it fight you but instead flex with your boot so you lose power but gain play. The forward lean adjustment is just a flip tab.

Binding Flex: Underfoot the chassis is stiffer. As it’s their full wrap chassis you get more power laterally out of it, but through the straps and highback you get more flex. You’ll notice how much give that heel strap has and how you can just move your ankle around and really flex the binding.

Ride: The ride is smooth and somewhat damp underfoot due to the foam in the chassis. It helps dissipate kinetic energy and keeps you riding longer by this.

Rider in Mind: Freestyle focused rider on a budget.

Personal Thoughts: The first set of Rome bindings I ever owned were 390’s and I’ve owned a couple pair of 390 Bosses over the years. It’s a very meat and potatoes binding that gets the job done. I’m not a huge fan of that heel strap as it has too much give in it for me to fully feel secure driving hard with it, but the toe strap is real solid. For what this binding is, it’s great.

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