"Great bindings but still not totally feeling the ConFormist toe strap."
- Name: 2010 Rome Targa
- Pros: Tons of adjustments to get the perfect fit, Quickstrap 2 tech is dope, Really comfortable and light bindings
- Cons: Takes a bit of effort to dial in the bindings, Wish they had Quickstrap tech on ladders, ConFormist 4 toe strap pinches my boot
- Flex: mid
After starting out with Ride Team then Beta MVMNT bindings, then many years on the Rome 390s and a short stint on the un..inc ESTs I went right back to Rome when I had to get a non-EST binding for my Sierra Reverse Crew. I wanted to get another pair of 390s but they were out of stock so I moved up to the Targas. If you don't use their ankle strap inserts and place the ankle strap low, the Targas are great for the park and jibbing. Didn't notice that much different in flex between this and my old 390s. But you still have the option of adjusting the binding so it's stiffer for aggressive riding.
It's a really light and comfortable binding but I'm still not sold on the ConFormist toe strap. I had issue with the old Rome toestrap pinching down on my pinky toe when strapped in and that issue is still here on the Targas. I noticed on my un..inc EST bindings, because capstrap was much stiffer, it would hold its form and prevent the pinching. Anyway, the point of the ConFormist toestrap is to mold around your boot, that I get, but they need to figure something out in the area right below the ratchet, maybe make it stiffer there to prevent it from pinching down on the boot.
On my third day riding, the ratchet on my right binding kept getting stuck. On closer inspection it looked like one of the pins were bent. I tried bending it back myself and though it doesn't work 100% it's been a little easier to get the strap off. I emailed Rome and they had a replacement ratchet sent out the very same day (thanks Justin)!
Can't beat that type of service! Anyway a lot of people are stoked about next year's Rome 390 Boss bindings so be on the look out for those. As for me, I've satisfied with these bindings, hopefully when it's time to upgrade again Rome will have modified the toestrap a bit. Looking forward to canted footbeds!