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Gear Review

2 5

Mehhhh...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've been and avid shredder for about 16 years and hit everything from the park - rails, boxes, and booters, to all-mountain killing it. I bought these Rome 390 Boss bindings to replace the size MED. 2010 Burton Malavita's on my Great Dude's of History YES. Board, Abe Lincoln 152cm. I contacted Rome and they suggested I order the L/XL for my 2011 size 9 Burton Grail boots.

It took me about a solid hour to have these bad boys fully dialed in and set up due to all the customization you can do to them. They were pretty dope at first - The ankle straps are super beefy and comfy with some real good padding, toe straps were sick too, giving you a real good solid hold on your boot with no slippage. I took them out to shred for a day and the more I rode them, the more and more I started to really dislike them. For some reason, I was getting a pinching sensation in the heel of the binding, almost like they were too narrow in that area. The biggest complaint I had was the fact that these are SO DAMN HEAVY compared to my old Burtons!!! The whole base of the binding is made of metal which is good for durability, but they seemed to add some major weight to the board overall. Holy hell, it seriously felt like I had a few pounds of snow hanging onto my board when going up the lift.

I wasn't really diggin the weight and feel of these so in the box they went, and shipped back for return. The next day, I immediately put my old Malavita's back on and WOW, such a difference in performance and feel. Sorry Rome, these just aren't for me. Reduce the weight by a few pounds and maybe we'll talk.