So as you can see, I have written a review on this binding already. I still standby my thoughts on the performance of this binding - it's a solid binding.
However, I need to followup as the warranty experience thus far ha been as comfortable as being stabbed in the eye with a coat hanger that's been laying exposed to the elements for about 32 years.
6 weeks ago I emailed them informing them I was having issues with my bindings. The quick release on my right toe strap had busted (half of it had broken off; I haven't a clue how), my left toe strap continuously pops open while riding, the screws in the back of my heel hoops that connect the tray are coming loose on an all too often basis, my highback screws won't stay tight and my ankle straps are stretched and torn.
Now as you may read in my last review, they don't have any of the current Targa toe straps, which is absurd if you ask me.
Whatever, it is what it is. Now, I contacted them at the beginning of December. I patiently waited, knowing that with the holidays things do tend to take longer. Well 4 weeks later I finally asked what was going on. They didn't have an answer and said they would send me new straps.
FINALLY, today, over 6 weeks after my initial email, new straps and parts had arrived.
Great, right? Yes, until I started swapping over parts to get my bindings setup again. I come to find out that I do indeed have two new toe straps and two new ankle straps....HOWEVER, they are TWO right ankle straps and TWO right toe straps. Additionally, one of the toe straps was so generous to include a buckle, but a buckle that had a stripped screw on it.
Now, I don't like to ridicule the intelligence of others as I am far from the most intelligent person in the world, BUT, how difficult is it to look at a strap and realize the logo branding on the straps is identical and that a screw is stripped? I think my 4 year old nephew could see that.
So here I am, after 6 weeks of shot parts, still stuck with half of my stuff being broken, worn, stretched or just plain shot.
Rome quality has gone down the crapper. Stop worrying about being a mega snowboard company and return to make products that are good.
A followup to my last review.
I've ridden my Bosses for awhile now and can safely say - I don't like them.
I typically ride the Targa as I like the support more, but from owning both the Targa and 390, I thought I'd like to have both again.
Well I can safely say, I have no interest in riding my 390s anymore.
Why? Because it's such a weird blend of a binding that to me, it makes no sense.
The tray and heel hoop are the same as the Targa (the Targa is cored more for lighter weight, otherwise the same). What you're getting underfoot is the drive and support of Rome's underwrap system - it's great if you want power.
Now where it all goes wrong is throwing a very soft gel strap on the ankle and a very flexible highback in the mix. What you end up with is a supportive binding under foot - very little flex and play - and a playful setup from your ankle to your heel.
I had ridden the United in the past and since it's a glass unibody design it allows for more play under foot which blended smoothly with the rest of the binding. The old 390 I hated with a passion as the highback was stiff and the tray was uncomfortable (very little padding, very rigid and stiff).
This tries to mix two things that just don't work together.
So my advice: stick with the Targa if you want the underwrap system. Buy the United or Mob if you want a playful binding. This binding tries to be two things in one; like a transvestite - it just doesn't work for me.
Many of my thoughts on the 390 Boss transfer over to this binding as many components are quite similar, if not the same.
Things that I do enjoy about this binding:
-The highback is very supportive. It seems that it's hard to find a binding that has a lot of support both on edge and from side to side. This binding definitely fits the bill if you want the all around support.
-The ankle strap is much better fitting than the gel straps. If you read my review on the 390 Boss you will notice that one of my biggest complaints is how the strap stretches. The softness of gel already gives the strap a softer feel meaning you don't notice the support as much; with the Targa it's a firmer straps so you can notice the tension and support meaning that when it stretches, it won't feel as loose.
-New FLAD system. It's about time they upgraded the twist and release system. First and foremost, who actually adjusts their forward lean so much that they need an on the fly system? Secondly, I cannot count how many times with the previous FLAD I have had it turn and pop open while riding (on numerous pair of Rome bindings). The only fix to the old system was to tighten the hex bolt to the point that you couldn't turn the adjustment piece rendering it unusable anyway.
-As mentioned with the Boss, the quality of finish is atrocious. My highbacks and my heel hoop have all chipped and look more bombed out than a World War II battleship.
-The new Conformist.3 toe strap fits and grips amazingly, the problem, however, is that the material used to make the shell isn't very durable. I broke 2 sets already and Rome doesn't seem to have this strap in for replacement as I have been waiting for a set for the past 4 months - instead I have been sent Conformist.2 straps from the previous Targa...I bought the new model and have been sent old model parts. Wonderful.
Bottom line: The simple fact is that everyone is making super soft park bindings, which is ok, but if you want a supportive binding you are very limited on your options. I've liked the Targa the most out of the Rome lineup since it was released and still like it to this day. If you want a serious binding that doesn't bend more than a pole dancer, then this is your go to.
I had the Libertine Pureflex last season and can easily say that this is without a doubt the worst attempt at a speed lacing system.
Let me start by saying that on average I ride upward of 100 days a season, so I tend to go through two pair of boots a season and understand that they breakdown, but these were horrible.
The X lacing which occurs at the tongue is not well thought out - when you put forward pressure on the boot the energy is distributed outward and into the articulating cuff of the boot. An articulating cuff already absorbs a lot of energy, but through this design it absorbs even more. When you have a traditional lace or even other speed systems you cross the laces over the middle which helps absorb the energy.
I had 7 days in these boots before the articulating cuff buckled to the point that I had no upper support in my boot. These boots, at just 7 days old, were less supportive than a previous pair of Libertines (lace) that had over 80 days in them.
Additionally, the design is poor. The lacing system for the boot is just one lace that runs through the entire boot - it's not a true upper and lower zone, but rather just one string channeled through the whole boot.
The bottom line: stick to traditional laces.
Another thing to mention: the AntiGravity sole may be light, but it has the worst tread pattern of any boot. Don't expect much grip with this boot - if you plan to hike in this boot, buy some crampons as well as these will slip on anything short of dry pavement.
In regards to what it is, it's awesome. It looks like a tee, but it has wicking properties so it functions well on those warm days.
My only complaint is the length. I've owned tall tees before, but this is HUGE. I'm 5'10", around 185lbs and this came down to just above my knees. I needed to go down a size for it to fit. The main body is typical to a standard tee, it's the length which is not. Downside is that when you have a bit of a belly like me, it shows a bit more and makes you look like a pregnant woman.
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