Shay’s 100 Day Perspective: 07-08 Rome Madisons
31 Oct, 2008
Most snowboard companies make products that last for the average rider…giving about 30-50 days on snow. Rome Snowboards came out of the woodwork in 2002 debuting products that are meant for the 100 day rider which quite frankly…not many companies build products meant for more than the average rider.
Just to be clear…I’m your average snowboarder, give or take. I’m not pro, I’m not a beginner…I’m right in the middle of those two extremes.
I put my Rome Madisons to the test this year to see how they are after 100 days on snow. This is Shay’s 100 Day Perspective…and I plan to do this with more products that hit 100 days.
On both ankle straps, the quite intricate sewing is still intact. Some frays every now and then but overall the ankle strap has held up over the 100 days.
A glimpse at the inside of the ankle strap shows the ride time put in. It’s a little grimy in the color from the dirt and use. Small tear in one spot.
The highbacks took the most abuse over the year. However this is all cosmetic, it doesn’t have any part in how they binding rides…but how it looks.
The foam on the top of both of the highbacks was the first to go. I’d say that was about 40 days into that season that I can re-call noticing it first.
Then the glue that attached the cosmetic highback material to the actual binding highback plastic did not last. This was towards the 60 day mark when the material started coming off. It’s still on, but the glue hasn’t lasted so it’s more falling away from the plastic.
Close up of the the material coming away and the last of the discolored is the glue that used to hold it together.
After 100 days, the bindings are rideable and still one of my favorite bindings. The stuff that didn’t last (glue) was cosmetic and covered under warranty. Rome Snowboards is great with their warranty so that stuff isn’t hard to replace.