2012 Rome 390 Boss Binding Used and Reviewed
Rome introduced the 390 and it became a welcomed invite into the binding division for them. Many people have made it a staple in their quest for shredding. Enter the 390 Boss an updated version of a familiar friend. Here’s what a couple weeks of testing it amounted to.
Board Used: Arbor Blacklist, Rome Reverb, Rome Reverb Rocker, and a few others.
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Location: Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Woodward at Copper
Conditions: Sunny bluebird park days, powder days, over cast nastiness, soft spring slush, summer camp park laps, and just about everything in between.
Boots Used: K2 T1 DB Size 10
Binding Compatibility: Shoving an all mountain freestyle binding on a grip of decks that are geared for that it seemed to work out well.
Binding Adjustability: You name it this binding has it. 0 to 3.5 degree cants on the footbed, heel cup adjustment, toe and heel ramp adjustment, forward learn, strap placement, strap length adjustment, and highback rotation.
Straps: The heel strap is designed to be more plush and cradle your foot over the instep. It also has that great rubber band strap that when set right pulls the heel strap out of your way so you can get into the binding easier. The toe strap is designed to fit a wide array of boots so you can rock it cap style or go traditional and slap it over the top.
Highbacks: The highback is designed to have give and response where it’s needed. This translates to it’s soft enough to jib on but powerful enough to give drive when pushing into a hard carve.
Binding Flex: Middle of the road all mountain freestyle flex.
Ratchets:Do their job as you would expect without slipping or locking up.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s spending a bit more time in the park but still ventures out around the mountain and likes a lot of customization.
Personal Thoughts: I played around with the 2.0 and 3.5 degree cants and found the 3.5 is just over kill unless your stance is wider. 2.0 is pretty ideal for my stance which gives it the power you want. These were samples and there was some stretching on the straps seams along with paint chipping in weird spots.
What They Say: Side-to-side tweakability with edge-to-edge power: canting customization for power and anatomical comfort: minimized footprint for natural board flex: 0 -degree forward lean for the jib life: up to 24-degree forward lean for riders who like more support : enhanced board feel.
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