The Rome Mob Boss is new for 2013 and is a Canted Mob. The regular Mob only has a canted high back but the Mob Boss has a canted high back and an option to cant the base plate. It has the simplicity and ease of adjustability like the Shift and United but the response somewhere in between the Rome Targa and 390 Boss.
So the Mob Boss is the uber-canted version of the Mob. There is a canted system in the high back as well as a canted system in the base plate. The biggest thing about both Mob’s is that they are both a lot more responsive than Rome says they are so we see this as a great all mountain board.
The Mob Base plate is canted like the the 390 Boss and Rome Targa. The base has an advantage over the 390 because you don’t have to remove both the heel padding and toe padding sections to take the disc off the board Instead you just have to pull out the toe pad. It also comes in three sizes instead of 2 so you don’t have to fuck around with adjusting the 2 part metal of the 390 which sucks because it’s very difficult. The Mob also has less parts so in theory it’s less likely to break than the 390 and Targa. The slightly asymmetrical ankle strap is almost the same as the 390 and we like this strap. The Mob is a pretty responsive well rounded all Moutnain binding.
Flex– The Mob has an overal medium flex but the high back has a variation of flex’s from top to bottom. The top is pretty soft but as you go down the high back it gets stiffer. It’s a little taller than most high backs as well so there is a little more leverage.
Adjustability: Very easy to adjust for your riding style and boot. This is a refreshing change from the 390 and Targa’s. They are a pain to get adjusted but the Mob is almost like most normal bindings. We know it’s a little more expensive but we’d like to see the Boss Base Plate design on the 390 series and the Targas. It would cost more but make for a much better user experience when it comes to adjust-ability.
Comfort: Once properly adjusted the comfort factor is top notch. The ankle strap is supportive and pressure point free just like the Rome 390 Boss. The 2013 toe strap is a little bigger and more supportive than the toe strap from the Rome Mob of 2012.
Response– The new base plate seems to be as Rome describes but you can be disappointed if you expect a mellow park binding. The flex feels all mountain The edge to edge transitioning on this binding is exceptional. At first we paired the Mob and Mob Boss with mellow boards but we found they were better for us with medium flexing boards. Rome says this is in the middle ground of response but we felt is was more on the side of Excellent
Weight– Pretty light but it’s not a feather weight.
Lateral Movement– Pretty easy to get a board to flex laterally for a butter or ollie. This is great for those that are more into edge to edge transitioning but also like to mix it up and butter the board around.
Dampening– The Mob is super damp and chatter free. We were expecting average here but got excellent. Not bad Rome!
Shock Absorption– The entire footbed is pretty cushy. The only part that doesn’t have a tremendous amount of EVA foam is the part that covers the disc.
Board/Boot Integration– This binding works well with most boots and a lot of boards. We felt it was more responsive than we expected and that made us feel this was better with Medium to Med/Stiff boards than softer boards but it’s all personal preference.