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Its a shame I had never heard about the Katana, had never seen one in retail stores. Per a friends suggestion I picked up a pair. Now listen, I am not here to argue the quality of other brands high end binding, I am simply here to say, I don't need to. The Katana is lighter, cheaper, better designed, and more comfortable than anything on the market today. Better yet, its reliable too. There is just not another binding on the market that can claim all of those traits.
I am a Rome convert. I am drinking the kook-aid no doubt. But here's why.
Rome doesn't spend their money on fancy ads, videos, huge teams, Streetwear, ski's, bikes or any of the other crap some so called core brands do. They spend their money on product design and development. It shows. every single piece of equipment from them that I have ridden has outperformed my expectations, and the Katana is now literally and figuratively the cherry on the sunday.
You don't know this board. You think you do, you've read the camber profile info, pop rods, sounds like, looks like whatever whatever. Mark my words. This is the board that will change the direction of snowboard design for years to come. It is different than anything you have ever ridden. It rides different, feels different, acts different, and all for the better. On paper this is the same board as it was last year, which was previously the best board I had ever ridden, somehow, this is better. I've ridden the $1000 plus boards, I have a quiver 10 deep with pow swivel sticks, SBX boards, Park boards, split boards Big mountain guns. The 2015 Mod rocker just made my quiver useless. It floats at Baldface, it Jibs at Breck, It lays ruts at Vail without new snow this year, Its lighter than hell, the base is as good as it gets, the finish is beautiful, and like I said before. This board will change everything new for years to come. Yesterday I put a buddy on mine, the first 1/4 mile, he was staring at the ground trying to figure it out. By the bottom he was BOMBING unlike I had ever seen him do, and didn't want to give it back. In summary. Stop shopping, buy this board, thank me later.
In a sea of fancy closures and lack of fixes for when the break like my boa's did while I was in Silverton last year (duct tape was the only fix possible), i wanted a well made high end traditional boot. With an unlimited budget, I shopped around. After trying on everything, I was stoked to find the Libertine, I ride Rome boards, but had never considered their boots. Just like all of their products, they save on the marketing and go long on their products. The Libertine is no exception. It is HANDS DOWN. the best fitting, most comfortable, well built boot I have ever worn in my 25+ years of shred. The Guide boot has some nice options that I would love to see make it to the libertine next season (Vibram, and Heel protector) but again, if you want a no BS well built boot without silly ratchets and pullys, the Libertine is your new favorite boot.
This is my favorite board in my (obnoxiously large) quiver. I have been on rockers, cambers, pow specific, splits, you name it.... The Rome "tech" does not do this board justice, a multiple camber profile with agressive rocker between the feet and camber from the boots outward (aka mtnpop) coupled with the dual sidecut zones (aka quick rip) which is kinda like the serrated mervin idea but more advanced...
basicly the sidecut is maneuverable and playful at low speed and super stable at high. The place you notice it the most is hard heel side stops on anything steep, its extra braking power... like abs for shredding. There is 1 sidecut for the rocker between the feet and another for the camber full board length... Its like a 2 in 1.
-Super stable at speed over anything in any snow
-Super floaty, the type of board that wants to stay up not dive in deep
that more people don't know about this masterpiece