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Rome 390 Boss 2017-2018 Snowboard Bindings Review

The original 390 has been retired but its slightly burlier relative the Rome 390 Boss is still trucking on. A sturdy aluminium chassis combines with a mid-flexing highback to deliver a strong all-mountain option for all levels of rider.

“Whether you’re pumping a transition, boning out a grab or screaming down a groomer, the Rome 390 Boss will feel great”

The nature of the chassis means that energy transfer from your heels to your toes, or vice versa, is incredibly fast. What’s more, the ‘V Rod’ baseplate features thinner cushioning running perpendicular to the board to give edge changes even more of a boost. Meanwhile more substantial padding on either side gives you comfort and cushioning, as well as more end-to-end flex.

The result is a binding that can react instantaneously when you want to charge around, but also feels a little surfier as you move your weight from the nose to tail, or the other way around. Whether you’re pumping a transition, boning out a grab or screaming down a groomer, the Rome 390 Boss will feel great.

Comfortable straps seal the deal, and you can alter the position of the padded ankle strap to best suit your style. The highback can be rotated too, so if you don’t love the Rome 390 Boss right out the box, you’ll be amazed what a difference a couple of little tweaks can do.

Tester’s Verdict

Ed Blomfield – whitelines.com

“In the pursuit of ever-lighter weight, many of today’s bindings can seem spartan and – let’s be honest – a tad flimsy. The 390 Boss are a welcome throwback to the days of thick ankle straps with heaps of padding.

The highback, too, is moulded from chunky plastic that looks unlikely to break, while the aluminium baseplate cements the sense that this is a product built to last. Strap length was very quick and easy to customize, and once clipped in they felt as cozy as an old chesterfield sofa. That said, the initial comfort gave way to some slight soreness over the top of my boot after a couple of hours’ shredding.

“The 390 Boss are a welcome throwback to the days of thick ankle straps with heaps of padding”

Riding wise, some generous cushioning under the footbed did a good job of dampening the worst hardpack vibrations. In terms of flex and response, these are decidedly middle-of-the-road, and as such should appeal to all-mountain riders who like to feel like they’re getting something more substantial for their money than a glorified pair of elastic bands.

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