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Rome Katana 2018-2019 Snowboard Bindings Review

If you’ve had a look at multiple freestyle- and freeride-specific bindings in this year’s guide, and are still torn on what to opt for, then we’d be happy to suggest the Rome Katana snowboard bindings. These are truly a best-of-both-worlds solution, although as a result they don’t come cheap.

The Rome Katana bindings are rock-solid at high speeds, thanks to the strong aluminium chassis with integrated heelcup. Every edge change, even at eye-watering velocity, will be damn near instantaneous and smooth.

“The clever bods at Rome have made it easier for you to move your weight from one tip of your snowboard to the other”

That chassis only goes along the inside of each boot, though; by giving the Rome Katana bindings this asymmetrical platform, the clever bods have made it easier for you to move your weight from one end of your snowboard to the other. Forego the ‘locked-in’ feel that some bindings give you, and instead enjoy a surfier ride.

In the park, you’ve got a solid foundation with which to hit the biggest features, but also a bit of leeway for all the tweaks and pokes you can muster. That newly-designed highback offers plenty of support, but thanks to that cut-out line it can be flexed quite easily too.

The cost of the Rome Katana bindings will always be an issue for some, but given its immense customisation features, quality build and proven longevity, if your budget can stretch to these then that’s an option well worth considering.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthiewhitelines.com

“Is that price tag making your eyes water? The long and the short of it is that yes, these are among the most expensive ones you can buy – but before you go running scared, consider the long-term benefits.

“There’s probably still not another binder out there that’s this light and this solid”

There’s probably still not another binder out there that’s this light and this solid – and before you feel that all that metal will leave you feeling locked in, the side-to-side movement really is there, and it’s great.

Over several seasons of use, the upgraded padding – it’s got that D30 stuff that you see on everything from impact shorts to phone cases – will probably pay for itself, especially if you are as good at finding knuckles as I am.

So while I’ll never blame anyone who wants to put that extra cash elsewhere, those who can afford it will get their money’s worth. They’re like an extended warranty for your feet.”

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