Ive all but made up my mind to get some of the Companys, but I can't find any of these around locally (Australia) to get my hands on and look at, so I sent someone I know in Tahoe around to the local shop to have a look, and hopefully to try a pair of my boots in the bindings to make sure there's no size issues.
Something in particular I was looking out for was this "suction" effect on the K2s that Angry Snowboarder was praising, but mentioned that it may have been to do with his pairing of the Companys with his K2 boots. I don't have K2 boots, so I wanted to check it still fitted okay.
When my mate got to the store, one of the shoppies told him to look at the Rome 390 Bosses instead saying they were stiffer than the Companys.
Now, from what I've read, both in this thread and in other reviews etc, that is not even remotely correct. Rome seem to advertise the 390s as being middle of the road on their "poppy/buttery" scale (which i presume is a stiffness/flex scale), and most other reviews ive seen refer to teh 390s as being a park binding of average stiffness.
I don't really ride park at all. And whilst I wouldn't mind getting better at it and perhaps doing it more, im not about to buy a set of bindings suited to that more than what I actually do ride. Which is normally speed runs focussing on turns on groomed days, or powder on snowy days.
As far as my riding approach is concerned, its all about powder, and ive tried to set up all my gear for that. Everything else is just playing in between powder days, so if im not fully equipped to take on the park, so be it.
So the Companys are a better choice for me than the 390 Bosses right?