The Rome Mob was new in 2012 and it had a unique feature. You could cant the high back. For 2013 there are 2 models. The Rome Mob and the Rome Mob Boss. The Rome Mob Boss has a different ankle strap (same as the 390) and it has a canting system for the base plate.
The ride and feel of the Mob is pretty much the same in 2014 but the 2014 Rome Mob has different base plate padding. Before you had a 2 piece system but you just flipped up the front part to get access to the disc. Now it’s just one uniform plate and it’s better than the 2013 and below models.
Days Used– 50+
Boards Used– Rossignol Onemagtek, Rossignol Taipan, Rome Postermania, Rome Agent Rocker, Jones All Mountain Twin, Gnu Riders Choice and many more
Boots Used- Burton Ion, Burton Grail, Rome Libertine, Burton SL-X and many more
Flex: The Mob has an overal medium flex but the high back has a variation of flex. The top is softer but still pretty much on the medium side of the flex spectrum. As you go down the high back it gets stiffer. The high back is a little bit on the taller side too.
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’d like to see this single Base Plate design on the 390 series and the Targas.
Comfort: Once properly adjusted the comfort factor is pretty good The ankle strap is supportive and pressure point free. The toe strap is a little tight over the toe and it pinches a bit but the overall comfort isn’t bad. The 2013 & 2014 Toe Strap is a little better with this.
Heel to Toe Response: The Mob is a little more responsive than you would think from the description. We expected it to be a little smoother than the 390 but actually it had the same or even a little more than 390’s edge to edge. Maybe it’s the taller high back or the one piece base plate
Tip to Tail Response: 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.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal.
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.
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 can work with a wider variety of boards than most people say.
The Base plate is similar to the 390 Boss and Rome Targa because most of the base plate is EVA padding. The Mob 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. Instead you just have to pull out the toe pad. 2012 and 2013 Mob’s also comes in three sizes instead of 2 so it’s more tailored to a smaller group of foot sizes per size and that is good. The Mob also has less parts so in theory it’s less likely to break than the 390 and Targa. For 2013 Rome changed up the toe strap but kept the same asymmetrical toe strap that is channeled out in the middle. To us the toe strap is a little better this year than last year but it’s pretty much the same binding.
So the Rome Mob is new as of 2012 and not a bad binding. Our biggest surprise was how responsive it was. Another thing is in the video you see the Mob has an ankle strap that is hollowed out in the center but the pictures look like it’s not. It is hollowed out like the video.