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Rome DOD 2020 - 2017 Review by The Good Ride
The Rome DOD feels a little heavy, the toe strap felt a little too stretchy and it wasn’t super buttery. Despite that, it does offer up a pretty damp, cushy, responsive, adjustable and supportive ride for having such a twisty high back.
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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 Agent, Korua Otto,
Highback Flex: Medium when you twist it and med/stiff when you pull it back.
Binding to Boot Adjustability: Pretty good all around adjustability that works well with most boot sizes in it’s suggested size range.
Stance Width Adjustability: Not bad here either.
Ratchet System: Pretty good glide and seemed reliable but nothing that stood out either.
Boot Support: The ankle strap was comfortable and held the boot good enough but both of us were kind of indifferent with the strap. The toe strap just kept stretching and didn’t really lock in the boot. Neither of us felt unsupported and despite that weird thing going on with the stretchy toe strap.
Turn Initiation/Response: Very good edge to edge and it surprised us how much response we got out of this binding. Definitely a standout part here.
Feel Under Foot/Buttering: The Rome DOD felt pretty dead underfoot in comparison to the Crux and Black Label. So on both ends of the price spectrum, there was a better feel underfoot. If you want the board to be stiffer underfoot and damper then this is a good choice. If you want it to flex easier then there are better bindings out there.
Shock Absorption: Most of what happens underfoot stops at the Rome DOD. It’s a very damp binding that is very good in uneven terrain.
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2017 Rome DOD - Meh
I don't love the Rome DOD bindings. Once strapped in, I think the performance is just fine and I like the canted footbeds, but there are a couple of features I found annoying. Specifically, they put an extra rubbery "band" on the ankle strap that's supposed to pull and hold the ankle strap out of your way after you unbuckle. All it really does is hold it right on top of my stomp pad so it's MORE in the way and if you let go for a second while strapping in it springs back out of position. Fortunately, the rubber band is easy to disconnect, which I did. Also, the toe strap is mostly a stretchy rubber, so it takes longer to tighten down and I worry that it can/does give a little under stress while riding (though I never clearly noticed that). I suspect I'll be replacing the toe straps next season.