Gear Reviews, Snowboard Binding Reviews 18

The 2022 Rome Cleaver Snowboard Binding Review

Binding Model: Rome Cleaver

Binding Size: M/L

Stance and Angles: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boot Used: K2 Thraxis

Boot Size: 10

Board Used: Telos Mike Ranquet

Rider Weight: 200lbs

Location: Arapahoe Basin

Conditions: A mix of blue to gray skies with high cloud coverage, sustained moderate winds at the top of the mountain, ice, chunder, death cookies, perfect corduroy, and cooler temps.

Binding Adjustability: You have flip tabs on the straps to lengthen or shorten them. The toe straps are on a pin system with multiple placement options. There’s the Pivotmount Max which lets you set the heel strap up higher or lower which is good for people that get instep pressure. There’s multiple options for highback rotation and you can actually cant the highback with a 3 and 6 degree option. It also has a standard flip and slide forward lean adjustment. The baseplate cover is adjustable with a simple slide forward or backwards. Finally the biggest option is the heelcup is fully adjustable.

Straps: The Aux strap on the heel is designed to perfectly contour to any boot instep shape but still retain strength as you tighten it down. This relieves any pinch points but makes it flex more in unison with the boot. The toe strap contours to any boot shape and never slips off.

Ratchets: These do their job well. You will notice right away at how they climb with ease. The wider mouth on them allows the ladder to feed in with relative ease. They never stick and release with the flick of your index finger.

Highbacks: This highback is carbon infused and you notice that right away when you push aggressively into it. There’s a lot of power out of it compared to others in the Rome line. You’ll feel your boot push into this and notice that power transmission. If you like to charge this is solid.

Binding Flex: While this is the stiffest binding in the Rome line up it’s not as stiff as others on the market. It has a predictable stiffer flex but it’s not overly demanding to the point you’re left wondering if you have enough muscle to ride it for the day. I would put it right between a middle of the road and full blown freeride hard charger.

Ride: When it comes to the overall ride of this binding it feels predictable and powerful. Almost as if you’ve been on this binding forever and know you can charge when you need to or be laid back when you want to. You do lose some of the lateral play due to the Full Wrap heel cup but it does give you more power.

Rider in Mind: The guy that likes to charge and demands performance from their binding but doesn’t want to be overwhelmed.

Personal Thoughts: This is essentially the old Targa replacement and I had been told by numerous people that this was a super stiff binding. It’s not, it’s a predictable flexing binding that has power where you want it and can let you play when you need to. The Full Wrap heelcup gives more lateral power and drive that you feel in the board which is nice as you don’t lose any energy when you flex the board.

Comparable Bindings: Union Atlas, Now Drives, Ride C-10

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  • Marco says: February 7, 2022 at 5:39 am

    Hi, I am looking for a new binding for my carving deck (Stranda Cheater 170). I would like to buy a very responsive binding with a lot of lateral support. I am moving my stance more and more toward positive angles (+30+15) so I am feeling that lateral support is becoming more important than before.

    Witch binding has the most locked in feeling in your opinion?

    Rome Cleaver
    Flux XV
    Ride A10
    Flow nx2 Cx
    Any other option?

    I have a flow nx2 right now, love it but I am looking for an even more strong support and response…if possible


  • Kyle says: March 3, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Need bindings for a Capita Mercury, think this would be a good match? Mostly into groomers and pow/trees, not into the park.

    • Angrysnowboarder says: March 5, 2022 at 4:54 pm

      Might be a little over powering.

      • Kyle says: March 6, 2022 at 4:22 am

        Thanks. Was able to get some Katanas on sale that I can try out for the rest of the season.

  • Mark says: March 14, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    Heyo! Just picked up a Rome Ravine Select. Would you recommend the Cleavers or the Katanas? I’m looking for something that is comfortable for riding multiple days a week but is stiff and responsive to pair with Burton Ions. Thanks man!

  • Nic says: March 20, 2022 at 11:42 am

    Hey, have you heard anything about baseplate breaking when flexed? Do you know if Rome has addressed this?

    • Angrysnowboarder says: March 20, 2022 at 12:00 pm

      I’ve heard of it happening twice. I’m rolling 3 pairs of their bindings and other than snapping a highback and some straps they’ve survived 300 days each.

      • Nic says: March 20, 2022 at 12:39 pm

        so you don’t feel it’s a Cleaver carbon defect? I am a bit worried cause I am heavy

        • Angrysnowboarder says: March 20, 2022 at 1:19 pm

          It was an issue on the 2020 from what I saw. 2022 they redid the base chassis so if it was an issue that should have changed it.

          • Nic says: March 20, 2022 at 4:00 pm


  • Jesse says: October 17, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Would you recommend Rome cleaver or union Atlas for K2 alchemist?

    • Angrysnowboarder says: October 17, 2022 at 5:52 pm

      Dealers choice, but I’d lean a little more into the Cleaver.

  • Jesse says: October 17, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you!

  • Jon says: November 22, 2022 at 12:05 pm

    Would you recommend Cleaver or Katana to pair with Thraxis boots and Jones Flagship? Cleaver on paper sounds better but I like a little extra flex where possible, I just don’t want to “underpower” my setup. East coast hard pack, mostly groomers and trees if there’s snow. Thx!

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