Binding Model: Rome Black Label
Binding Size: Lg/Xl
Stance and Angles: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boot Used: K2 Thraxis
Boot Size: 10
Board Used: Endeavor Archetype
Rider Weight: 195lbs
Location: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A cold late season storm dropped 6 inches of fresh snow on the mountain. The skies were gray, there was some wind, and the temps remained cold all day allowing for the powder to remain blower.
Binding Adjustability: Standard flip cams for adjusting strap length, toe ramp adjustment, highback forward lean, highback rotation, and heel cup placement.
Straps: The heel strap is of that new age style with a minimal amount of fabric so it will contour to the boot better. The toe straps design allows it to contour to any toe box shape and have solid grip due to the material.
Ratchets: These climbed well and stayed locked in place. There’s a guide on the heel strap to keep the ladder from poking out once it’s been tightened down. These release real smooth and unlike other bindings that use a press down release and a tab release they’re uniform with both having a one finger quick release.
Highbacks: This is the big tech story with this binding. It’s a totally new process to make this highback and while that is unique it still feels like a highback. Its got play where you want it and stiffness/support where you need it.
Binding Flex: This binding is a bit more on the stiffer responsive side. I’d say it’s a low end freeride or a high end all mountain flex. Meaning that you can really power into it for drive but it will still have some play where you need it.
Ride: The overall ride is stable, damp, and smooth but without making it feel like you have a giant dead spot underfoot.
Rider in Mind: Well with the price tag of these I’d say an Oral Surgeon because even a dentist isn’t going to buy these. But if you want a solid all mountain binding with power, precision, and tech here you go.
Personal Thoughts: Well this is a total status symbol binding if you go off the price. But other than that I really enjoyed this binding. I didn’t notice the canting in it which was nice as it didn’t feel like it was over powering my knee placement. There’s power and response in this binding but you don’t feel like you have to be driving into it at all times to get those attributes to function. Overall it’s a solid binding albeit with an exorbitant price tag.
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