Binding Model: Rome Katana
Binding Size: Med
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21” wide, 15/-3
Board Used: Ride Alter Ego 159
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Bluebird early spring conditions with warm temps and heavy firm fast snow.
Binding Adjustability: Tons. The straps are on cams, and the ankle strap has a bungie to keep it out of the way when you’re strapping in. The frame has ample movement forward and back to accommodate my 8’s and all the way up to probably an 11 with no problems. My favorite adjustment is the spin mounts the ankle strap is on. They pivot 360 degrees with 8 spots to lock into. I tend to get instep pressure in most bindings I get into. Being able to run the pivots completely vertical allowed me to relieve any and all pressure of the top of my foot. They also allow for some flex changes as well. Run them straight up on the outside for more power and drive, and straight down on the inside for more flexibility. Or the opposite, or anything in between. They’re rad.
Straps: The ankle strap is one piece solid foam with a band of honeycombed plastic support across the middle. It’s works effectively conforming to any boot shape, not causing unwanted pressures, and providing enough power and drive without feeling restrictive. It’s a really well done middle of the road feeling strap. The toe strap is made of durable, thick, grippy, and stretchy rubber that has no problems conforming and gripping to just about any toebox shape out there.
Ratchets: They were smooth on and off with no binding. Even and consistent cranking.
Highbacks: The Katana isn’t built to be the stiffest or the most responsive binding from Rome. It’s built to be the lightest, smoothest, and possibly the most versatile. The highback completes this allowing for freedom of movement with the easier flexing upper but with still enough substance to always provide enough support for whatever you’re doing.
Binding Flex: I’d call these an overall mid flex. The straps are somewhere in the middle to just above middle, the frame and baseframe are on the stiffer end, and the highback is around middle to just below.
Ride: Smooth and comfortable. The D3O under the frame does a phenomenal job of damping out vibrations. And because it works so well Rome doesn’t have to use much of it, keeping weight down and keeping you closer to the board.
Rider in Mind: All mountain rider looking for a premium feel and reliable performance.
Personal Thoughts: This is the binding I’d probably go to if I was looking for the best blend of smoothness and rideability. It’s a strap in and forget binding, until you come across death cookies, case a jump, or land flat, and you become acutely aware of how well D3O works.
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This binding was loaned to us for review from Rome Snowboards marketing department.