The Rome Katana Snowboard Binding is a new and kinda fun looking binding in Rome’s line. I’m pretty familiar with D30 for body armor and it’s a great idea and this is the first time I have seen it on a binding.
Riders: James, Peter
Boots: Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju,
Flex: Interesting flex that’s softer than you would think for the response.
Adjustability: Takes a bit of work but you can dial out this binding to fit most boots out there.
Comfort: One potential issue could be the toe strap for some is because it never locks down over your toe. It just keeps stretching over your toe and that was bothersome. It also pinched the sides of our boots and we weren’t into that feeling.
Turn Initiation: It feels a touch less responsive than the Targas but in that same general area which is pretty unique because they are not as stiff as the Targas so it makes it a much more well rounded binding without having to add/remove the inserts in the Targa’s ankle straps.
Buttering: The Dupraz board we were riding the Katana’s on wasn’t really butter boards so we didn’t really get to understand how it can allow a more normal flexing board to bend in a butter.
Boot Support: Loved how the ankle strap wrapped around our boots and felt like there was decent support. It’s not a tight wrap but it for sure wraps.
Ratchet System: Felt pretty smooth but nothing exceptional.
Shock Absorption: It was hard to tell if the D30 putty on the base plate was working or not. I know for a fact it works on body armor and it’s saved my ass (litterally) a few times. D30 looks like a doughy rubbery substance and acts like it until it’s hit and then it instantly forms an exoskeleton. So it’s a great idea for the bottom of a binding. Seems like it would make the ride more damp but I’d like to go out and do some A B testing to know for sure. Regardless of weather D30 works like it does for body armor the binding was damp.
So all in all other than the toe strap we liked the Rome Katana and found it to be an interesting binding. The D30 is a cool idea for a dampening system and we’d like to ride this binding more. The only other thing I’d mention is Rome bindings generally run on the heavy side. This doesn’t feel as heavy as the Targa but it still feels heavier than many bindings we tried.