Binding Review: 11-12 Rome Mob
22 Feb, 2011
Location: Winter Park, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Rome Mobs on the Rome Anthem with my Vans Veil Boots size 8.
Time to set up the binding: The mobs were average time to set up and easy to adjust with the quickstrap on both the ankle and toestrap on the bindings.
Fit: The men’s rome bindings worked with my Vans Veils boots in size 8, I noticed the gas pedal extended just a tad past my boot but nothing major. The width in the binding fit with some noticeable gaps between the narrow part of the boot but that’s to be expected. The highback was lined right up with the top of my boot but didn’t hurt my calf when riding. When my boot was snug in the binding, I noticed on the left foot ankle strap, I felt a light pressure of the ratchet strap against my boot.
First Impression: A softer men’s binding with tweakability
Appearance: I ended up riding the mob’s in the black/yellow colorway which are noticeably black with yellow along the baseplate and highback. I think my favorite colorway of the mob series is the LNP binding which is maroon/black/green and just very LNP stylie-gore looking.
Comfort: Definitely the cadillac for cushioning and absorbing the terrain on the mountain. The mobs had comfortable padding in the baseplate and highback. I like the comfort of the ankle strap over the top of my boot but also noticed the position of the side of the strap having slight pressure on my boot (could have been a boot/binding issue).
Functionality: The mobs feature the new v-rod baseplate unibody to give you natural board flex, cant in the back technology for highback canting. It’s designed to be a lighter binding and has anti-vibration padding to enhance board feel. The straps are quickstrap so you can easily adjust them on the mountain without tools.
Flex: A softer binding flex overall on the mob’s. The highback had stiffer flex from the heelcup to the midway but a softer flex towards to the top of the highback which gave more flexibility. Definitely for LNP’s style of riding with tweaking, this binding works perfectly for having stability in the right spots but tweakability on top.
Response: Definitely not a responsive binding, on the softer side overall and just required more power from the rider to engage. I found it not as responsive as the anthem so pairing them together made it an interesting combo on the mountain.
Toe Strap: I’ve tried out the Rome conformist strap a couple times before on other bindings and definitely like how they hold and grip my vans boots on the mountain. They really mold to the boot and stay secure on the mountain.
Overall Impression: The mob’s are that light binding perfect for park performance where someone wants to tweak out on the mountain. The binding is still stable underfoot and with good comfortable straps but definitely on the softer side.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I was really amped to try out the mob’s but also recognized that pairing them with the anthem wasn’t the best collab. The bindings were on the softer side, forgiving and comfortable while the board was wanted fast, response. They didn’t disappoint but I’d still like to try the binding on another board.
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Rome Mob Description
Review Disclosure: I rode this binding at the SIA on-snow. Please be aware bindings may change, this review was done in February 2011.