Rome Targa binding quick review
I took them out this weekend for the first time and they were great.
Setup was easy even though there area a lot of different adjustments you can make. Rotating the highbacks parallel with the back of the board took 5 minutes and was super easy. I added in the stiffer backing under the straps which was quick and easy and setting the forward lean was simple too (as it is with most bindings these days).
The straps feel great. The top strap is thick and nicely padded so you really don't have any pressure points and then the toe strap that can act as the toe cap or the strap is awesome too. Totally molds around your toe and holds everything in there nice and tight but you never feel the pressure points. I've rode Flow for the better part of the last 5 years and that was alawys my complaint with strap bindings was that the pressure points felt like crap, but these are super smooth and I couldn't feel a thing.
On the mountain they performed great. The extra padding at the base of the binding definitely took some shock out of some landings that weren't dead on and they felt nice and light the entire day. The response was just as quick as I needed and I didn't feel any give on the turns even when I tried to really dig it into the ground.
The only complaint I have is that there is a little "pocket" of fabric on top of the straps that the excess plastic strap feeds into after you ratchet/tighten it down so you don't have the excess strap sticking out, well that "pocket" isn't broken in yet, so the excess strap that comes through the ratchet kept getting stuck on the pocket and it sucked to tighten up. This happened maybe once every 4 times but it was a pain in the butt. It was really cold so the fabric was stiff, so maybe in warmer weather it would be easier, but it's no excuse really.
Overall, absolutely love the bindings and would recommend to anyone looking for a stiffer level binding who likes to constantly adjust their stance and preferences.
Rome Targa - XL
Price - $199