Binding Model: Rome D.O.D.
Binding Size: L/XL
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21in wide, 12/-6
Board Used: Niche Aether 156
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Odd cold spell in spring, firm snow.
Binding Adjustability: The straps are the only tool less adjustments and they’re on flip cams. The ankle strap has a bungie on it too that you have to get positioned on the cam as you get it tightened down. It’s not a super seamless system, but it does work well to keep the strap flipped out of the way as you strap in. There are notched sliders on the inside of the highback arms where the highback attaches to the frame, they’re what you use to adjust the rotation. The heelcup adjusts forward and back for different boot sizes and despite these being L/XL and their stated size run as 9-13 it fit my 8’s just fine.
Straps: Toe straps were a little bit long for me and with minimum adjustment on the toe I was maxing out the ratchet side, I am below the minimum size in the L/XL though. It did get tight enough, if only just, and stayed put without any issues. It’s a great design with thick flexy grippy rubber that will conform over any toe box out there. The ankle strap is sort of a two part strap. You have the support bands on the outside, then the contact strap that actually hits your boot. They work together to give you all the forward drive you need, without putting any extra pressure on one area of the strap. Super comfortable and solid feeling.
Ratchets: Beefy and burly looking. They climb fine and release fine.
Highbacks: The new back is really nice. It’s beefy and super sturdy but has a sort of hinge just about the highback block running across and down towards the heelcup. It didn’t really seem to have much of any effect on the performance aspect, but it did ride very smooth. The pushing straight back it didn’t seem to loose much, but as you ride through crud or as your bombing on your heels the highback doesn’t give all that chatter into your leg.
Binding Flex: Sturdy is really the best way to describe the flex. The full wrapping aluminum heelcup offers a lot of support to the side, the frame underneath is a beefy built nylon, the straps are supportive and locked in, and the highback is solid.
Ride: They just feel bombproof. They also have a measure of smoothness to them with the way the highback is built and the full foam footbed with canting feels underfoot.
Rider in Mind: All mountain freestyle riding the whole mountain as a park, with power.
Personal Thoughts: Since the Targa has been in the line for as long as it has and is pretty well known the most concise way to describe the D.O.D. is a freestyle Targa. Just a hair more flex than the old Targa with a smoother riding highback. Bomber feeling all mountain freestyle powerhouse of a binding. They’re a little on the heavier side, but they genuinely feel like they’re built for multiple 100 day a year seasons. The L/XL fit surprisingly well and honestly if Rome just shortened up the toe strap by about an inch it would fit my 8 much better and they could extend the L/XL range down another size.
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*Disclaimer this binding did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*