Boots: 2013 Rome Libertine
Bindings: 2013 Restricted ReFlex Cartel
Board : 2011 NS Evo 153
So after an endless search to find the right boots for my FAT, FLAT, totally archless feet, I went from Burton to Salomon to Vans and finally to Rome.
The Burton's were too narrow all the way around, the Salomons were to narrow across the ball of my foot and arch, however eventually they packed out. While they did, they became utterly worthless. Also, their liner-lacing system sucks and I learned to hate single Boa. The Vans Revere boots were next - AMAZING fit, super comfy hanging out in, truly awesome boots - but the arch was too narrow and too high and I could only manage 2 runs in them before giving up on them
Enter the Rome Libertines - these are the first boots I've ever put on my feet that felt comfortable out of the box - both in the store, at home, and most importantly, on the mountain. I went with all laces as I'd rather tie them once and know I'm good to go for the day.
The liner felt amazing - the padding goes on for days; above, below, all the way around your foot. It's like stuffing your foot into a pillow and having it conform to fit every curve and angle of your foot.
The boots have a nice flex to them - not too stiff, not too soft - considerably stiffer than the Burton Ozone's I had and the Salomons and probably on par with the Vans.
I matched these boots with a pair of Restricted Re:flex Cartels and they work together like they were made for each other. I've never been faster edge to edge and the kind of response and board feel is amazing. I found it significantly easier to land larger jumps comfortably and most importantly, there wasn't a single second during the day that I needed to adjust or take the boots off for any reason - I didn't even want to.
I would HIGHLY recommend these. Also, before buying, I contacted Rome with some questions and they responded quickly and even recommend the Libertines to me. I emailed them back thanking them for the help and they even responded saying they were glad I was happy, that if I ever needed anything to get in touch, and that if I wanted to give them my address I could expect some stickers in the mail.