Rome Crux 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Rome Crux was a binding we liked, and then liked even more, when we found out the price. It feels light, responsive, has good adjustability and can hang with bindings that cost a good bit more.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Nick (Size 10, 160lbs, 5’8”)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton Imperial,
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers
Boards: Rome Ravine, Rome National, Rome Agent, Rome Warden
Highback Flex: Pretty easy twist and a little give but not much pulling it back.
Binding to Boot Adjustability: Pretty easy to dial out most boot types in the suggested size range.
Stance Width Adjustability: Very doable and a good amount of room to slide the bindings back and forth.
Ratchet System: The ratchets we had were a little off but the Rome Crux seemed a little beaten up by a season of demos before we got them. We think the production models will be smooth.
Boot Support: Very good all-around support from the Ankle strap to the toe strap. Even with one side missing the Rome Crux did a great job holding our boots in. We liked these toe and ankle straps more than we did the Black Labels at more than twice the price. That usually doesn’t happen. We did really like the adjustable support of the ankle strap in the Katana, Black Label and Targa though and thought that was a really cool invention.
Turn Initiation/Response: Pretty quick edge to edge and the Rome Crux can turn most boards really well.
Shock Absorption: Not quite as damp as the Katana but it didn’t feel chattery either.
Feel Under Foot/Buttering: So there was pretty good butterability that didn’t make the board feel dead under the Rome Crux. It wasn’t softening up the board but wasn’t affecting it too much either. We really liked how they tried to minimize the footprint to make the Rome Crux not interfere with the board too much for a full-size disc.
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