Review: Rome 390 Bosses
I picked up some 390 bosses this season for my Bataleon Evil Twin to get into more park riding.
Stiffness: Medium stiff high back (stiffer than my forces) and soft straps. The straps can be adjusted into 3 different positions to make them stiffer or softer. I've been riding them as soft as possible all season and really like the feel. Overall a park-oriented all mountain binding.
Adjustability: This is probably the strength of these bindings. Virtual everything can be adjusted from the strap stiffness, to high back rotation, to canted foot beds. The canted foot beds are really nice and have allowed me to widen my stance without any discomfort. I found that it is impossible to rotate the high backs more than 12 degrees if you have the straps set to the softest setting.
Complaints: They don't really fit my boots. The toe ratchets don't release very smoothly most of the time. They will not budge oftentimes unless I use two hands to release them. Last time out, it was wet and rainy and the toe ratchets were having trouble grabbing the ladders.
Overall: Not too impressed with these bindings after all the hype I was hearing from them. I think most of the problems arise from them not fitting my boots very well, so beware if you wear boots equivalent to size 10 DCs. I really like the flex and comfort of them overall, especially the heel strap. I found the ratchets to be inferior to those on my Union Forces. For my next bindings, I think that I will either return to Union or try out some Fluxs.