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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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2011 Rome 390's Ratchet Feedback

Hey everyone,

I am just getting back into riding after a few years off and am finally putting together some newer gear. I was still sporting some 2000 CFX's, a Burton Balance, and some Drivers. Anyhow, I have put my order in for some Rome 390s as I've heard so many great things about them, and I was suffering from some binding discomfort in the past. The question is....

Are there that many issues out there with the ratchets releasing randomly?

I could still change my order and get the latest cartels, but I'd like to give some other brands a try. Even going to grab a Never Summer SL to support a local Colorado company (not to mention it sounds like a sick ride).

Anyhow, just feedback on the ratchet issue would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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I just bought the 390 boss and i will say they are a COMFY binding no pressure points at all. I do feel that the toe strap could be MUCH better as it created a pressure point if it was over the toe and NOT as a cap strap. The paint quality is def. lacking as I had lots of chips and paint flaking after only 3 hrs. I personally would change your order if your coming off a pair of CFXs.... I myself am coming from a 01 C14 before that I had the CFX and before that the X. The response time on the 390 is sloppy compared to the C14 (FOR ME) I was not at all happy with it. I'm now looking at C60s or Co2's If you can rock a large binding i know the house has 2010 C60s for $40 more than the 390 boss.

As far as the ratchets go I didn't have ANY problem with them releasing and they were easy to get off. Getting on was a lil tough cause i had the straps MAXED in length and it just fit over my sz 9 boot ( i got S/M binding cause it was supposed to fit a 9.5) secondly on my Vans Cirro the baseplate was to narrow and I had to align my boot PERFECTLY or i would be using the binding frame as my canting. I would def say go with the L/XL on this binding if your a sz 9+

hope this helped.
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Hey everyone,

I am just getting back into riding after a few years off and am finally putting together some newer gear. I was still sporting some 2000 CFX's, a Burton Balance, and some Drivers. Anyhow, I have put my order in for some Rome 390s as I've heard so many great things about them, and I was suffering from some binding discomfort in the past. The question is....

Are there that many issues out there with the ratchets releasing randomly?

I could still change my order and get the latest cartels, but I'd like to give some other brands a try. Even going to grab a Never Summer SL to support a local Colorado company (not to mention it sounds like a sick ride).

Anyhow, just feedback on the ratchet issue would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Probably read my posting...heh. Yea mine release ridiculously easy. Rome is sending me new buckles...I have yet to receive them (a bit slow...but i guess its busy season). I'll keep the board posted if this solves the problem. My buddy has targas from 2008. I checked his rachets...same design...but the release leaver was "tighter" so small nudges wouldn't release the rachet. I rode his setup and purposesly didnt tuck my pant cuffs in...and had no issues. Hopefully its just my set. I think Leo had an issue with his boss's (I have targas). If you're buying your set from a store...play around with the rachets before you buy them to ensure they're not "loose".

Another issue is dumb forward lean lock...thing loosens so easily....mine actually broke off...waiting for Rome to respond. Dont want push you away from these bindings...cause a lot of ppl love them. I personally am not feelin the love right now...maybe when all these issues go away I'll like em.

Look into the Ride Deltas if this post scares you away.

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I just got a set of boss's and I'm still not sure I'm sold completely, but I have a lot more riding to do with these and make a final decision. I have zero issues with the ratchets, unlike jliu, I tried to get something similar by trying a lot of different things, but nothing. Seems like jliu got some bad ratchets. As everyone says, the paint chips, this is just something we have to live with, not a big deal, but kinda shitty. As for me I'm a size 9 and I went with the L/XL. My boot is almost too small I think. I adjusted the heel hoop, and found the screw and its female nut, were cross threaded Not a big deal, still worked, I'll call Rome about this soon. Then it came to dialing in the straps. They're centered and they feel good for the most part. I've only gotten three days on these things, so maybe I just need a little more fine tuning or some break in. Either way the toe straps have to be about 3/4 over the top with a little toe cap. If its not this way it will just fall off. Then on my left foot I get a pain in my ankle by the end of the day from having the ankle strap tight. I did have some pressure points on my toes, but I got rid of those. Anyway, maybe I just need to keep fine tuning these. The performance of the binding is pretty solid for what I'm doing. Lots of response, flexy, and the cant system is very very cool. Pressing is so easy.

My thing right now is that last year I rode some cartels, loved them, bought myself a pair and I never really had any comfort issues with them. Even this year, I rode the cartels this past weekend and they still feel great. I went with rome because I had other issues with the cartels and I wanted to try something new. Everyone that had cartels seemed to like rome 390, boss, and targa. So I went with boss for the cant system.

To answer your question again, no ratchet issues. Anyway, hope my long winded experience helps.
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Thanks for the feedback. I ordered them last week so should receive them today. I found a killer deal for 2011 390's for 147 bucks or so new. That's too bad that they are having some quality control issues.

I guess I should have commented that I am looking to getting into park riding a bit more, so that's why I have strayed away from the Burton C Bindings. I did have some 2005 Cartels, but the crazy forward lean (or maybe it was the wings on the sky highback giving me this weird calf pressure point) just was a bit much for me, and I think the Size Small that I got just didn't fit my boot right.

I am a small guy with size 8 boots (Burton Imperials with shrinkage as well), so I went with the 390 S/M size.

I'll post my thoughts after I get them mounted in today. I was afraid they'd be too sloppy, but I'll never know till I try. I was planning on a new setup next year, and worst case, I'll just pickup some 2012 bindings.

Why does it always seem that after I buy something, the mixed reviews start showing up in my searches?
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I have Burton Imperial's and Rome 390 Boss bindings as well.

One of my ratchets randomly stopped working last weekend. I'm guessing that the ice caused it to malfunction because it started working after my board/bindings were dry on the way home. I was extremely nervous about losing my board on the lift. Regardless, I am going to contact Rome and ask for new ratchets.
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I have Burton Imperial's and Rome 390 Boss bindings as well.

One of my ratchets randomly stopped working last weekend. I'm guessing that the ice caused it to malfunction because it started working after my board/bindings were dry on the way home. I was extremely nervous about losing my board on the lift. Regardless, I am going to contact Rome and ask for new ratchets.
I just got off the phone with Rome regarding my binding issues, their warranty dept. is good and they stand behind their product.
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I have Burton Imperial's and Rome 390 Boss bindings as well.

One of my ratchets randomly stopped working last weekend. I'm guessing that the ice caused it to malfunction because it started working after my board/bindings were dry on the way home. I was extremely nervous about losing my board on the lift. Regardless, I am going to contact Rome and ask for new ratchets.
the only issue with mine is similar. when its cold the ratchet will not go into the grooves of the plastic piece. this could happened when u ride as well. My paint has chipped on my highback but thats about it . solid bindings just make sure u check them alot
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the only issue with mine is similar. when its cold the ratchet will not go into the grooves of the plastic piece. this could happened when u ride as well. My paint has chipped on my highback but thats about it . solid bindings just make sure u check them alot
when I spoke with rome the admitted a quality control issue with the highbacks hipping. They told me that they ID the problem and the factory has fixed it. They will send you new highbacks (at their expense) and say that they will 100% NOT chip in the future.
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