List Price US $589
Rome Black Label 2020-2024 Snowboard Binding Review
Riding Level Intermediate - Expert
Quick Release No
Manufactured in China
Canted Footbed Yes
Burton Channel Compatible Yes
Mini disc Yes
Approx. Weight Feels Normal

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Boot Support

Locked In

Turn Initiation



Very Easy

Binding Adjustability Excellent
Stance Adjustability Great
Comfort Excellent
Ratchet System Good
Shock Absorption Excellent

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Rome Black Label 2024 - 2020 Review by The Good Ride

Rome Black Label Snowboard Binding Video and Written Review

Welcome to the carefully crafted Rome Black Label Snowboard Binding Review from an average rider with an exceptionally objective perspective.

Positives/Swipe Right: Gives boards more pop. Excellent Shock absorption. Excellent Adjustability. Unique ankle strap angle adjustability. Canted Highbacks.
Negatives/Swipe Left: Sooooo Expensive. Doesn’t Dampen the board at all.


The Rome Black Label is super expensive but it has an exceptional ride and adjustability to it that is unique to the industry. The way the high back springs back after it flexes, the shock absorption and the adjustability are top notch.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

A Breakdown of How it rides and who it is for

Rome Black Label 2024 Review - The Good Ride








How This Review Happened:  Borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.

Size: Medium
Days: 10+
Conditions: Everything from hard morning snow to powder.
 James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs)
Boots: Ride Torrent, Ride Fuse, Ride Deadbolt, Burton Tourist, Nidecker Rift Lace
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers
Redunancy: Strapins in case boots or bindings break.
Jacket: Jones Mtn Surf Anorak, Jones Shralpinist Stretch Jacket
Pant: Jones Mountain Surf Bib, Jones Shralpinist Stretch Bib
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Burton AK Tech Leather Glove, Drop Tahoma Mitt,
Boards: Many

Similar (but not the same) Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Force, Salomon Highlander, Nitro Phantom Carver, Nitro Phantom +,  Now IPO, Rome Cleaver, Rome Katana

How It Was Tested

I rode this solo with a lot of different boots and boards but also rode this in a sampler to really get an idea of how it sits on the spectrum.


2.0lbs- Much lighter than it was the last time I tried it. I think it’s something like 20%.

Highback Flex

The Rome Black Label highback is special. It’s very snappy and responsive but still has a good twist to it so it doesn’t bite into your calves. It is not like most super stiff high end bindings but I feel it’s more responsive than many ultra stiff bindings just because of the energy it creates after it’s flexed. It feels like a poppy full camber board in how it snaps back after it’s flexed and it’s quite a unique but good feeling for a high back.

Flex Underfoot








You have a hybrid full/mini disc with the Rome Black Label but the way the rest of the binding has that soft springy closed cell foam around the rest of the binding it makes the board flex really easy underfoot. It feels like it ads pop to the board as well as makes it easy to butter.

Turn Initiation/Response

There is variable response according to how you adjust the ankle strap angles. The higher up you go the more response and the lower you go the less response on the toe side. It can feel a little lopsided going really low but overall it’s a great feature to have. Being able to dial it out from 6-9 out of 10 for response is a pretty cool feature for different moods or quiver riders.

Shock Absorption/Dampness








So the Rome Black Label is incredibly shock absorbent but not super damp. In some cases it accentuates the pop too much from the board and can make it a little more bucky/bouncy. For example I was riding the Salomon Taka EP, a pretty poppy board, with the Black Label and it felt too bucky. Then I went to the car, took these off, and put on my Union Atlas (damp but not shock absorbent) and the ride quieted down.

Boot Support








There is excellent boot support with the Rome Black Label while still being one of the most comfortable ankle straps I ever tried. These are almost 100% pressure point free. They also have this on the Katana. Now the Toe Straps stretch too much in the middle for my taste and I’d like to see less stretchy material in the center and more stiff material on the sides.


The Ratchets aren’t exceptional but they work and feel pretty reliable.


There is all around excellent adjustability. Not only do you have really cool features like adjusting the support/response by moving the ankle strap angle up or down on your ankle but you also have a canted high back to match up with the canted footbed to give really good alignment. Then you have really good tooless toe strap and forward lean adjustability.

What I like the most about the Rome Black Label is the adjustable gas pedal and heel loop so you can center most boots in the size range. That means you can turn the hybrid full/mini disc sideways and get excellent stance width adjustability. These discs also fit set back inserts that are 40mm apart instead of 20mm. You can’t slide them up or down but they do fit and that is better than a mini-disc.


The Rome Black Label is more than some snowboards when it comes to cost but I don’t feel the point of diminishing returns is as bad as most higher end bindings. You still get a very usable binding that doesn’t sacrifice anything in comparison to the Katana or Cleaver. You actually get a really special high back in return. So other than it accentuating some buckiness with some boards it’s a very special, adjustable, responsive but also very shock absorbent binding.

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Rome Black Label Past Reviews

2020-2021 Rome Black Label Snowboard Binding Review


The Rome Black Label is a bit on the heavy side for this price and the toe straps stretch too much but you get a very damp and exceptionally adjustable binding. You can even cant the highback and adjust the ankle strap angle to increase or decrease response.

Update 2022: The 2022 Rome Black Label is much more recommendable than the 2020 we reviewed. It was re-engineered and it’s now much lighter. If it’s anything like the new Katana or Cleaver it should have a much better feel underfoot and overall better ride.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

How This Review Happened:  Borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.
Days: 3
Conditions:    and an early morning slackountry time with Drift Boards & Union Rovers
Riders:  James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Nick (Size 10, 160lbs, 5’8”)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers
Boards: Rome Ravin

Similar (but not the same) Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Falcor, Burton Genesis XSalomon Quantum, Salomon Highlander, Nitro Phantom Carver, Now O-Drive


The Rome Black Label is pretty heavy at 2.4lbs. Most bindings at this price point are lighter. It is very damp though.

Highback Flex

Not super stiff but definitely on the stiffer side. I like the dual density high back happening here. It has good twist and good give at the top but it is more responsive towards the bottom.

Flex Underfoot

The new mini-disc is not super small but big enough to still mount like a full sized disc if you want. It butters much better than full sized discs do as well.

Turn Initiation/Response

Very responsive. Especially when you adjust the Rome Black Label’s ankle strap up high on the ankle. Then you have exceptional toe side response. But if you want more of a park oriented ride you just adjust the ankle strap position down for a lot less response and it doesn’t feel too lopsided with the highback.

Shock Absorption

Excellent shock absorption and this is very damp. This is one of the advantages for being so heavy.

Boot Support

Depending on where you adjust your ankle strap position the Rome Black Label can be very supportive or give you lots of freedom of movement. The toe strap stretches too much for my taste with my boots. I crank it all the way down and it still doesn’t feel tight.


Nothing great but far from being bad.


The Rome Black Label is incredibly adjustable and you can dial this out pretty much any way you want. Even can’t the high back, adjust the ankle strap angle and all the other standard stuff. You can slide the heel loop in and out as well as the gas pedal so you can center your boot in the binding and therefore the board. Then you can turn the disc tip to tail to dial out your stance width. You can even use this mini disc with full sized  disc only set back inserts. You can’t slide them but they do mount that way.


So other than the toe strap and the heavier weight, the Rome Black Label is a very unique binding at this price point.

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