The Rome Katana arrives this year amid a fanfare of publicity from the guys, who have dedicated three years of R&D to making it the best it can be. They’ve essentially taken all the knowledge learned from their last decade of design –which gave us popular models such as the 390 and the Mob – and distilled it all into this ‘super binding’.
They’ve flagged up more tech highlights that we could possibly have space for, but here are a few of the most interesting ones. The highback is asymmetrical in both flex and shape, so not only it is built to match the angles of your lower leg, it’s also slightly stiffer on the outside of the feet to improve response. Much thought has also been given to the ability to rotate the highback so that it can always be in line with your heel edge, regardless of your stance angles. On top of that, you can adjust the canting by as much as six degrees to ensure your calves are well supported even if your stance is gangster-wide.
The footbed also offers two choices of canting; 2.5 degrees if that’s your thing, or a normal flat option if it isn’t. Switching between the two is a tool-free dawdle, so it’s something with which you can easily experiment – not to mention ideal if you switch between boards with different profiles. As for the baseplate itself, it uses Rome’s V-Rod technology which leaves a large part of the plate slightly raised, offering extra flex along the length of the board without compromising response when changing edges. The straps, buckles and EVA foam dampening have all been revamped, leaving the Katana boasting more upgrades than Iron Man’s latest battle suit. All this, plus it’s pretty darned light too.