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Rome DOD 2018-2019 Snowboard Bindings Review

The Rome DOD snowboard bindings aren’t built with just the park in mind, but don’t be surprised if that’s where they lead you. The majority of the Rome team – primarily a gaggle of freestyle fiends – rate this above all else, and it’s easy to see why.

The highback, for example, is built to withstand heavy impacts, and has a fairly rigid flex that will support you up the steepest pipe wall. Canted footbeds help increase your ollie power, and the EVA footbed can protect you against knuckle after knuckle.

“Unlikely to have the budget to replace your binders midway through the season? You can put your trust in the Rome DOD bindings”

Meanwhile the chassis extends out from the heelcup to underneath your toes on both sides, as opposed to just one (like on the Rome Katana). It’s a design that prioritises quick edge-to-edge response and a strong foundation for pop over increased lateral movement.

The ankle strap isn’t called the Ultralight for nothing, and has a supportive belt-like structure right across the middle. When you need a bit of extra backing, it’s got you covered, but in normal circumstances the it’ll remain anonymous (as it should). The toe strap grips the end of your boot like Crazy Glue, whilst also being insanely light.

As is usually the case where Rome is concerned, the DOD bindings give you the impression that they can take an absolute battering. The build quality is undeniable, with only the strongest materials (aluminium, thermoplastic polyurethane) used throughout.

“The build quality is undeniable, with only the strongest materials used throughout”

The customisation options play a part here, too; by giving you so many ways to get the perfect fit (including highback rotation and strap location), unwanted pressure points are eliminated, and more stress can be handled. Working in a resort town all winter, and unlikely to have the budget to replace your binders midway through the season? You can put your trust in the Rome DOD bindings.

If you’re looking to pair these with the Rome Gang Plank – and all-mountain setups don’t get much better – then the colourway seen here is a perfect match. There’s also one that pairs with the Rome Artifact, alongside two others.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthiewhitelines.com

Bindings aren’t as subjective a choice as snowboards are (and neither come close to boots in that regard), but there are surely some riders out there who don’t get on with a rigid metal chassis. If that’s you, stay away – but aside from that I can’t see anyone else finding the Rome D.O.D. to be anything but stellar.

“Comfortable, lighter than expected, and with just the right amount of flex”

I didn’t have to do much adjusting to get them to fit just right, and once they were on they felt even better than my own pair; comfortable, lighter than expected, and with just the right amount of flex.

These are right up there with the best premium freestyle bindings around – and their reputation for durability more than justifies the price tag. If your riding style ever comes close to ‘Do Or Die’, then these are the kind of binders you want.”

Trade Secrets

Justin Frappier – Binding & Boot Designer, Rome

“A team and in-house favourite, the DOD takes performance genes from the earlier Targa and 390 Boss. We then injected tech into it with new straps for improved connection and comfort… and the new Anti-Shock 2.0 highback dampens out chatter and charges when you need it to.

It’s also just a damn good-looking highback.”

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