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.

Stance: 22.5

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

Weight: 160

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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37 Comments

  1. dumy says:

    Been waiting for this 1 for a while. Always have liked these bindings. Is there any binding you feel is a better binding this year 4 mostly park if I don’t like a soft binding?

  2. I’m really digging the revamped Raiden line like the Phantom and Blackhawk.

  3. dumy says:

    4 sure same type of construction. Been given those some thought. Are you going to have a targa review…been wondering about that new toe strap.

  4. Negatory I’m done with review season and I’m not going to review anything in the fall except outerwear.

  5. Jimmy L says:

    I’m getting the blacklist this season and was between this, union force, & burton malavita…after the awful reviews the Foces got from everywhere I’m not considering them anymore…which would you recommend between 390 boss vs Burton Malavita?

  6. Well I have the Blacklist and I’m rocking 390 Bosses on it so hopefully that tells you something. But either binding is a good choice in my opinion.

  7. zak says:

    hey i was just wondering what size you rode with size 10 bindings the s m or the l xl? thanks

  8. Tom says:

    Wow great review man, I just stumbled on your site and I’ve been hooked. I’m looking into getting these but I also have to option of getting the Flux DS30′s that I plan to pair up with an Arbor Westmark 150. Since I’m pretty small (5’6 130 pounds) I’m looking for a nice lightweight park binding that can still slay the rest of the mountain. Which one of those would you recommend?

  9. Flux will probably weigh a bit less if that’s an issue. I ride these daily.

  10. Brad says:

    Would you pair up the Phantoms on a Blacklist? Are Phantoms heavier than DS30′s or 390′s?

  11. I’ve been riding them on my 2013 Blacklkst. They’re lighter.

  12. Brad says:

    The Phantoms are?

  13. Brad says:

    What do you make of the high back on the Phantoms? It seems like it may be too high and “give” too much. Any problems there? I just can’t really make up my mind on what to put on my Blacklist.

  14. You don’t even notice it.

  15. Brad says:

    So I guess you’re saying that the Phantoms would be a good fit over the 390′s?

  16. Do you want me to come visit and hold your hand all the way to the store? Shit or get off the pot man be a man use the information in front of you to discern for yourself.

  17. Brad says:

    Yeah, I know. Thanks for the help.

  18. Jason says:

    I ride 2010 390′s on my cambered Arbor Coda and i absolutely them, I picked up an Arbor Draft over the summer and paired it with an older set of Technine t-9′s I had around, I hate how it rides I know its a jib stick, I was thinking Rome MOBs or another set of 390′s to pair the draft up with. What our your thoughts. 5′-4″ 170 Lbs size 9 boot Upstate NY rider. Love your site.

  19. Jason says:

    I forgot to say both boards are 155 Thanks

  20. Since when is Rochester “Upstate”? I thought that was central! Well the Draft is a really soft board and those T9′s have a giant footprint which lessens the flex the Mobs would be great if you want a really soft fuck around stick for like Bristol or Greek Peak or Swain depending on what you’re riding over that way. Otherwise if you want to go with something really different check out the NOW Ipo.

  21. Jason says:

    I’ll check out the IPO I ride those plus Holiday Valley, Gore and I do a week in VT every year . I am looking for a fuck around stick that’s why I got it. thanks for the help.

  22. Gary says:

    Hey I recently got a 2012 k2 happy hour and am trying to decide what bindings to get. I visited a store near me and they have the 2013 rome 390 boss and 2013 k2 formula. I ride 70% freeride and 30% freestyle. I was wondering if you could suggest the binding that fits my board and riding also what size to get (I wear a size 9 boot) thank you.

  23. Gary says:

    Oh yeah. The place is also selling the two for the same price at $200

  24. Get the k2′s they’re designed for that board.

  25. Gary says:

    What boots do you recommend with them? Also what size bindings should I get? The size chart says the medium ends at 9 and the large starts at 9. I have a size nine.

  26. Best boot is the one that fits your foot and your needs, go try on a couple pair see what works. Depends on the boot. Get the boots then get the bindings.

  27. Danny says:

    hey ive heard a lot of good things about these, just wondering if the toe strap was good? i have burton missions and the toe straps just wrap completly around my boot, flux’s and unions just dont seem to work as well. also was wondering if theyre light/heavy. thanks

  28. Nas says:

    Are these bindings good with the never summer cobra?

  29. Sure if you want to ride a crappy board.

  30. Nas says:

    Are you saying the never summer cobra is a crappy board? I didn’t get what you meant. And I purchased the 2013 Rome 360 boss.

  31. It’s a dead damp board but you already bought the bindings go shred.

  32. Nas says:

    So basically get a much stiffer binding like the Rome Targa or the Phantoms?? I can return them easily. Thanks

  33. Abd says:

    What do you think about the Rome Targa bindings compared to the 390 boss?

  34. Mark says:

    Couple of questions: I’m an intermediate rider who loves to either bomb it or carve all day with a little bit of kicker ramps put in the mix. I’ve been thinking of getting a new setup for next year of either the Custom X, Blaksheep GSPS, Arbor A-Frame, or Slash Straight by Gigi. I was also looking at either a pair of Cartels or 390 Trippies. I also prefer a stiffer all-mountain board with camber flex and more aggressive edge-hold. What do you recommend for a set up?

  35. Out of those the A frame.

  36. Mark says:

    Awesome review dude! I rock the Bataleon Funkink at the mo but take it full mtn mostly. Got 32 Lashed boots and grabbing some 390 bosses to go with – your review helped sell them. Then looking to demo and then buy either a new Bataleon Funkink again, the whatever or the global wamer. Will go scout your pages to see if you’ve reviewed any Bats. Love your reviews, cheers for the effort put in. Any thoughts on my setup?? Sweet, have an awesome season, greets from down NZ ways!

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