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Rome Crux 2018-2019 Snowboard Bindings Review

Few brands push the tech side of snowboard bindings as hard as the Rome guys do. For the proof, just check out the Rome Katana, which looks like it might have been dreamed up in a mad scientist’s lab.

However, all that clever stuff comes at a price, and it’s not a good match for everyone’s riding style. Fortunately, Rome caters equally as well for the mid-priced, mid-tech market – and the Rome Crux bindings are the latest addition to the line.

“When you’re really milking a heelside carve, you get the ideal balance between comfort and control”

The Rome Crux features a simpler (but still effective) version of the brand’s signature ‘Asymwrap’ chassis. The metal heelcup doesn’t extend out towards the front of the baseplate on the outside of each foot as it does with the more techy ‘Underwrap’ design, and instead joins the baseplate closer to your heels. This gives you plenty of lateral movement, allowing you to easily shift your weight from the hose to the tail for a surfier ride.

The highback is asymmetrical too, with a bit of bulk taken out of the inside of each leg for weight saving, but you still get plenty of edge-to-edge response. It’s not too stiff though, so when you’re really milking a heelside carve you get the ideal balance between comfort and control. Should you want to align your highback with your heel edge, rotating it to exactly the angle you want is a piece of cake.

The ankle strap is a new low-profile design that keeps you locked up as tight as you like, but with pared-back material in a lighter, simpler design. Meanwhile the toe strap is as minimalist as it gets; you’ll feel secure at all times regardless of what boot you use, but there’s no superfluous material.

“The Rome Crux features a simpler (but still effective) version of the brand’s signature ‘Asymwrap’ chassis”

For soaking up the harsh vibrations encountered on uneven terrain, the Rome Crux has an EVA footbed that will keep your feet happier for longer. Again, there are more effective, more complex versions available higher up the range, but for the money you’re paying these over-deliver.

No new binding for 2018/19 won as many members of our Test Team over, making the Rome Crux a no-brainer for this year’s Whitelines 100.

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Copseyonboardmag.com

“The first thing I noticed about the Crux was how comfy the big, spider web of an ankle strap and minimalist toe strap were. This stripped-back solution works real good, and also helps to keep the weight down.

“Responsive enough for a mix of pow lapping and hardpack carving”

They were responsive enough for a mix of pow lapping and hardpack carving, yet there was enough flex to make tweaking and buttering not feel like a chore.

If you’re looking for bindings that will get all kinds of riding done, but haven’t the deep pockets to dive into the more premium tech of higher priced bindings, you can be sure the Crux will be more than capable of servicing your needs.”

“When you find a binding that has a comfortable and reassuring hold, is easy to adjust and get in and out of and delivers your commands directly to the board under your feet, you should stick with them.

This was my experience of the Rome Crux bindings – they were the first bindings I rode at The Selection and I didn’t give them up.”

Trade Secrets

Justin Frappier – Binding & Boot Designer, Rome

“All new and built on our popular AsymWrap technology platform, The Crux is for someone looking to get mid-tech all mountain performance with our signature side-to-side flex and edge-to-edge power. F

or price conscious riders who want all the performance of a higher end binding, then you can’t go wrong on the Crux.”

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