The Rome 390 Boss is a stepped up canted version of the regular 390. The Rome 390 Boss is pretty much the 390 with a canting system. The 390 doesn’t have a cant.
2014 Rome 390 Boss Review
The 2014 Rome 390 Boss had some long needed improvements that help the binding drastically in the initial set up and also help it allow you to change from board to board a lot easier. Also there is a better ankle strap.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Nike Kaiju
Boards: Rome Agent Rocker, Rome Reverb Rocker
Flex: Same medium flexing high back that offers up a pretty smooth feel to it.
Adjustability: So the binding is really easy to adjust when it comes to the toe and ankle straps but then it starts to require a tool. In the past getting the binding dialed out for the boot was a truly horrible experience but the changes with the 2014 Rome 390 has changed it up to the the way it always should of been. Here are the changes that were made:
1. You no longer have to remove screws to adjust the heel loop to fit your boot. Instead you just loosen them and slide it to your boot size. Before this could be a night mare because the under wrap metal didn’t always align with the screw mounts. It could take a lot of work to get them in.
2. There use to be a 2 piece system to install the padding in the base plate. Now it’s a 1 piece and it’s just as adjustable. It makes it much easier to switch the bindings from board to board.
3. The New canting system is much better and much easier than the old canting system. I rode this but didn’t get the details of exactly how the cant’s work. I believe it’s 3 separate foot beds that are easily interchangeable. I only rode the 2.0 cant. With the new padding system in the base place and the one screw
Comfort: Same great comfort as before and the new ankle strap is even more comfortable.
Heel-Toe Response: Nice smooth but pretty responsive edge to edge transitioning that works with a wide variety of boards.
Tip-Tail Response: Now the 390 reduced some of the contact with the board but it still feels like it’s a bit dead under there. The board doesn’t bend continuously from tip to tail but bends before and after the bindings. It’s still not bad though.
Boot Support: Rome has always done well with the 390 ankle straps and although smaller they seem to hold the boot in pretty well while also allowing good freedom of movement.
Ratchet System: Nice smooth glide that most will not have issues with.
Shock Absorption: Top notch. It really absorbs a lot of shock. Nothing has changed here except the base plate pad is easier to take off.
For us the 390 boss is the call because of the canting system and better ankle strap.