- Sizes: M/L, L/XL
- Flex: 7-10
- Entry System: Classic
- Price: £470 / €550
- BUY ONLINE
The Black Label bindings are the latest addition to the Rome family for 2020. The technology in these things is from the future – they could release them ten years from now and they’d still turn heads. Mind you, it might take you ten years to save up for them. Black Label isn’t a title that implies a budget product – just ask Jonny Walker – but the quality on offer here truly deserves its place on the top shelf.
It takes a lot of its inspiration from the fan favourite, and best selling, Rome Katana. For starters, there’s Rome’s signature AsymWrap Technology. This places two points of contact from the heel hoop to the baseplate on the inside of the binding, with only one point on the lateral side. The idea here being that the binding allows for more room to tweak and move around the board, whether you’re styling out grabs or surf slashing trees in the backcountry (all whilst still retaining the power from a more powerful wrap). Rome have spiced things up a little with the Black Label, building the baseplate with a nylon and 45% glass fibre to make it their lightest and toughest available.
“The technology in these things is from the future – they could release them ten years from now and they’d still turn heads”
Then there’s another brand (and industry) first with the new composite highback. You get a split personality with the Black Label. The top section is designed to fight you through every second of your heelside carve and launch you back over onto the toes, while the over-moulded lower composite is much softer flexing and allows for more torsional tweakability. Essentially you get two highbacks in one and, depending on how and what you’re riding, you’ll feel the different characteristics of each.
The final new addition from Rome is their ProGrip straps with AuxTech. It’s a bit of a mouthful but, to cut through the jargon, the toe strap virtually melts around your boots without the slightest hint of coming loose.
All the new tech is backed up by Rome’s tried and trusted options for tweaking the strap heights, highback canting, footbed and more. There are so many ways to customise the fit and feel of the Black Label that defining it to a certain type of terrain or rider is redundant. If you’re prepared to spend, these bindings will go absolutely everywhere without a moment’s hesitation.