Rome Katana 2018 Review
The Rome Katana are the top of the bindings that Rome offer. Obviously not a cheap binding, but not ridiculous either.
You are paying to get light bindings that can handle and sort of riding, and have a load of customization options to get the perfect fit and flex rating for your style of riding. Depending on how you set them up, they can cary from having a flex rating of a 6/10 all the way to a 9/10.
Features of the Rome Katana:
- AsymWrap Technology
- Asym Katana Highback
- PivotMount Max Technology
- The idea of this adjustment is that it lets you change the position that the ankle strap pulls from. It comes on the standard middle setting, but can be changed to the lower setting if you want to be able to tweak out the bindings more easily, or raise it if you want a more responsive ride.
- V-Rod Ultralight Baseplate
The basic idea is that the bindings will have good toe to heel response (using the blue areas) while the orange still give you the side to side flexibility.
- Ultralight Ankle Strap
A newer style of ankle strap, that is a more popular style now. A 3d plastic pad is connected with a stronger mid section, that is light but comfortable and holds you in well. Burton and Flux have a very similar ankle strap design.
- ConformGrip 2.0 Toe Strap
A new design, but is basically just a stretchy and grippy toe cap.
- Cant-in-the-Back II
- One of the features that is on the higher end Rome bindings, it basically lets you tilt the highback so that it aligns with your lower legs, rather than just having the highback stand straight up.
- Minimalist Disc
- Yes, I Cant InBasePad
A feature that is on the mid and high end Rome bindings, there are two sets of basepads that come with the bindings. One set has the standard flat (0 degree) basepads, and the other set have a 2.5 degree angle. The angled base pads help to align your knees, which helps with ollies, as well as people who ride with wide stances.
- Full Highback Rotation with Channel Adjust
Having the option to rotate your highbacks means that you can always have the highback adjusted to give you good heelside turns, no matter the angle you have your bindings set up on.
- AutoStrap Technology
- Hybrid Buckles
- Tool-Free Highback Forward Lean Adjuster
How they ride
I rode some M/L 2018 Katanas, with my ThirtyTwo Tm-Twos on the 2018 Rome Mode Stale board. They are a good match for such an aggressive camber board. They are very responsive, it feels like as soon as you start to put pressure on the bindings you can feel it in the edge of the board straight away.
The ankle strap is fine, you can crank it down hard without feeling any pressure points in your boot. The standout would be the toe strap. Before it is done up it looks like any normal stretchy plastic toe strap, but as soon as you start tightening it, you can see how well it works. As you are tightening it up, you can see it stretching both vertically and horizontally over the toes of your boot, and there is no way it could slip out. Rome have apparently put this toe strap on all of their bindings, except for one entry level model.
If you are someone who likes to ride and carve hard, or spend a lot of time on big jumps, these are going to be a good choice. If you are looking for some high end bindings, that are going to give you a lot of options for making small changes to get the perfect feel, these would be worth a look.
What size bindings do I need for my boots?
Rome Katana 2017 colorways
Perhaps Rome’s best binding ever made, the Katana is a highly adjustable binding that is also comfortable, durable and comes at a reasonable weight. The Katana is built on the their v-rod baseplate that results in a small footprint and good flex / board feel. The D3O padding under foot smooths out the chatter and provides good cushioning without losing performance. The only critique I have of the Katana is the lack of pliability and weight of the ankle strap.
I’d recommend this binding to the discerning rider who likes to dial in his binding for response and precision. Look elsewhere if you are not looking for lots of adjustability in your bindings.
The binding itself is beyond impressive. The design is on point and the binding is really light. I have a pair of the time 390 boss and Targa, this is better than both. The 2016 model has the same strap as the targa, when tightened it it increases its tension making the binding feel stiffer and more responsive. in addition the binding has a pivot mount for the straps to adjust the ankle straps to fit your boot for any riding condition park, pow, and everything in between.
The only weakness of the binding that I notice is the cheapness in the ladders and ratchets, especially the toe it doesn’t really make any clicking locking sound when your strapping in. Then the toe strap comes loose when riding so it can be kind of annoying.
Overall, the binding is super damp with the D30 foam that eats up all the chatter and absorbs the energy from hard landings. The mini disc allows your board to have a smaller dead spot enhancing board flex. The high back is flexible side to side and responsive. There’s a lot of great bindings out there as far as comfort and performance this is in the top 5 for sure. If i could add or change anything to the 2017 model it would be a cushier ankle strap and better quality ladders and ratchets.
I have the M/L binding and have a 9.5 boot from K2 fits perfect.
Good binding has a lot of adjustment and seems to be built to last. Adjustment really allow you to get the feel I want from the board I feel these binding would complement most boards!