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    Posted: Apr/13/2014 at 11:51pm
Tried to search if this has been asked before but the search does not seem to be working.

Question: Rome 390 Boss vs Rome S90? What are key differences for someone still learning the ropes? Originally I was looking at the Rome 390 Boss considering all the rave reviews, but [don't laugh] couldn't find it in Blue Size S/M without having to pay $100 more, so I was wondering what do I lose if I pick up the S90 instead?


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At the end of the season I managed to get my first pair of size 8.5 Salomon boots and a Sierra Reverse Crew Snowboard in 151cm blue.
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you could get a bunch of technical details about both, but in the end as long as it's comfortable and keeps your feet attached to the board it's going to work.  They are both good bindings, if the S90 fits your budget better, get them.  The Boss 390's are awesome as well.  Cantbeds are a little bit of a gimmick but I still use them in the mod boss's.  If you want a current season binding go with the 390's otherwise, go with the s90's.  At the end of the day, you will likely upgrade your whole setup in a year or two anyway!

though i just checked around and found a Boss 390 S/M for $150 online at a couple locations.
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  Quote sideways99 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/14/2014 at 7:21am
To add on to )(nfinit)('s comments one significant change between new Boss 390's and the older s90's would be the buckles.  Rome had some issues a few years ago with the toe and ankle buckles (I have first hand experience with the buckle issues on 2 pairs of Rome bindings).  Rome sent me replacement buckles that are an improvement over the original buckles.  My uneducated opinion is they probably made some changes to the buckles and are using the new improved buckles on the newer bindings.

$150 for Boss 390's is a pretty good deal.


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  Quote vi3tmix Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/14/2014 at 3:32pm
$150 for Boss 390's is a pretty good deal.


Yeah I don't doubt it, but if it comes down to aesthetics I like the S90 a wee bit more and a small discount, so was trying to understand what technical differences were there if any.

The Boss 390's I originally wanted in Blue are going for $230, so now it's just judging between the $135 Black/Blue/Yellow S90 or the $150 Black 390 Boss. If there was a technical fault with the S90 buckles then yeah, I guess I would be leaning towards the plain Black 390 Boss.
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  Quote AJD13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/14/2014 at 5:59pm
honestly i ride union forces and i love them(they have a slight cant.) I have had some experiences with rome on a demo day theyre a good company... i can see where the cant beds help. They put your knees in a better more comfortable angle. Some people dont notice it, but with all the knee issues ive had i can definitely tell. As mentioned above the s90s are pretty outdated... i think theyre like 4 years old now? the 390s are less than a year. a lot changes in 4 years, but you probably wouldnt notice the difference only doing 3 trips a year. you need to ride A LOT to notice the difference between the small tech specs in items. I think you would be okay on the s90s but dont be afraid to pull the trigger on the 390s... theyre a great biding.
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they're are orange 390's for $150 as well.   $15 difference is not even close when comparing the S90's to current 390's.  


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  Quote sideways99 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/15/2014 at 12:29pm
$15 difference is not even close when comparing the S90's to current 390's.

That needed to be put in a bold font.  It's the best $15 he will ever spend.
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  Quote MrStak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/05/2014 at 11:20am
TruSnow hasn't updated the s90s at all? there's only been one iteration of them? 

the s90s don't have canted footbeds? hmm...
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  Quote 2zz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/05/2014 at 11:45pm
Yes, there's only one model year for the s90 bindings.

Maybe you can upgrade to canted footbeds. I had them before that came with my bindings, didn't care for it. If you've tried it and like it, then maybe a pair of bindings with canted footbeds will be more economical.
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  Quote sleeepili Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/23/2014 at 1:27pm
I would not recommend the the S90. In terms of weight, durability, adjustability, price, all very good!  The only problem is the mechanism to adjust the highback lean angle. In attempt to make it adjustable without a tool, rome designed a plastic rotating dial to lock/unlock the height slider. The problem is that the vibration from riding (and potentially your pants brushing against the dial) will turn the dial into the unlock position, consequently dropping the highback angle to the lowest on your next heelside turn.

I've experienced this on both bindings, though more frequently the left (normal stance) . On average i have to re-adjust every 3 runs or so, which gets very annoying. 

My friend has the same issue with these bindings
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