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Old 02-07-2009, 12:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tried out my New Rome 390's today.

So, today our local resort was expected to have snow dumped on. Since i live in so cal we usually dont get much snow, and we didnt for some time now. i headed out today with my NS evo r and mounted a fresh set of 09' rome 390's. the hype on this forum just made me want to get them and try them.

First, i will tell you that i will be comparing the 390's to my 09' cartels.

the romes set up easy and the ease of quick fine adjustments was a welcoming surprise. i really liked that i didnt need any tools to adjust the length of the straps. i set up my toe extenders and the mounting them was drama free.

the center disk had a foam cover which screws on which i thought was sweet.

the romes handled well. its response was not as quick as my cartels but that was expected. the toe caps are incredible, it mold around the toe of the boot and locks it in! i prefer the toe caps over my cartels.

the ankle straps are gel padded and it wasnt much different to my cartels.
it was comfy and i had no complaints.

now for the NEGATIVE aspects of the bindings.

I hate hate hate!!!! the dumbass strap guide sleeve thing on the ankle straps. i had so much trouble with them all day. its not needed to make good bindings!!

the forward lean mechanism is fucking lame. it came undone twice without me knowing until i felt a difference in the effort of one foot to the other. it takes a life time and two and three in the cold to twist the forward lean adjuster back in.

the base plate padding was thin and i found it just tolerable. its not as cushy as my cartels. the ratchets froze on a couple of occasion which i found it as odd. the ratchets never skipped though.

i think the cartels weigh a bit less than the 390's. although the 390's look more solid.

i really dig the 390's i think they will be my new strictly park bindings. even with the cons of the bindings it beats alot of the other bindings ive ridden.

i would have to claim ROME 390's ARE THE BEST FOR PARK BINDINGS.
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm a strict freerider (ATM) and have been using the 390's since last season. Ive noticed a lot of people complaining about that sleeve, and all I can say is that I have NEVER had a problem with it. The straps go right through the sleeves.

I love these things.
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've done 8 days with my 390s... never had a problem with that sleeve either, not even in deep snow.

Nice review, thanks!
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a pair of black 08 390's with the thin leather or vinyl sleeve and have never had a problem with the ladder sleeve. My friend has a pair of 08 targas with a canvas sleeve and he occasionally has problems with either that sleeve blocking the ladder from tightening or the ratchet itself getting caught underneath the sleeve. I also have a pair of the 09 390's and am having the same problems, and this is to the point where i'm debating if i should just cut them off. I also had that forward lean adjuster slip off on me the first day also, but after tightening the screw with an allen wrench I never had that problem again. The 08 style adjuster seems much more reliable still though, and it just seems like they changed it for the sake of change.
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have the Targas, have the same sleeve crap. It loosens up after a few days out, but it sucks. Lots of people had the problem. There's a thread on here somewhere.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Guys, a simple fix for the collapsing strap sleeve is to tuck your ratchet into the sleeve itself, then hit the sleeve with some super glue. Rub the glue into the material, just so it doesn't glob up or look shitty, and let it dry out COMPLETELY. Once the glue has dried, take the ratchet out from under the sleeve and bam! Your sleeves will stand up on their own and'll be stiffer than a prepube teen rockin' a burton love.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm riding last years 390's with one of this year's toestraps on one of the bindings. (I lost a strap and Rome got a new one to me in 5 days no questions asked, and I had never submitted the warranty)

Last year's ankle straps could be problematic at times, but usually they worked fine, and now that they're worn in a bit they never bother me. This year's toestrap is awful. I have to stick my finger into the loop to make sure the ladder doesn't catch on the cloth material, because if it does and I ratchet it too far the ladder will bulge up, and it's a huge pain to get it off afterwards. I assume this too will wear in, but I have to say the cloth was a big mistake.

That said, they're sweet bindings, and while I was putting in the new toestrap I found like 4 more ways to adjust the bindings. These things are like a frigging Transformer.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've beaten my 390's to shit. (kylekilljoy can vouch for that) Mine are 3 years old with 150+ days of riding on them and still going strong. I LOVE the sleeve. I've never had a problem with it. And as for your forward lean, make sure the screw is tight enough
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Old 02-10-2009, 03:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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No problems here with the forward sleeve. The forward lean button however does come loose from time to time.
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