The result of years of product design creativity, the Katana proves that customization matters. In its sleek, lightweight package, Rome loaded up on innovative ideas for customising your interface to match your unique way of snowboarding. No other binding comes close. Industry-leading tech like the PivotMount arm, AsymWrap tech, and a V-Rod Ultralight baseplate solidify the Katana as the next chapter in Flex-With-Pop. Its new straps and D30 body armor enhance your comfort. With so much ability to customize flex and pop, this binding rips everything from big summits in the French Alps to park laps in Minnesota.
The Asym Katana Highback is exclusive for this high tech binding. The main design aspect of the Katana control for “correct” flex. With the Asym Highback, Rome keeps it stiff on the lateral side where you transmit power, and soft on the medial side for more flow and tweak-ability. A Tool free highback forward lean adjuster offers quick and easy control over your forward lean. Rome provides 0 degrees to 24 degrees on all models. Cant-In-The-Back II is another Rome-exclusive technology. The unique highback canting allows riders to adjust the side-to-side angle of their highbacks to match the spine of the highback with the angle of their lower leg. For narrow stances, run 0 or 3 degrees of canting. For wider stances, go up to 6 degrees to keep your highbacks in line with your lower legs. Additionally, highback rotation lets you adjust the highback position to match your stance angle to your personal style. Full range from 0 to 24 degrees.
The V-Rod Ultralight Baseplate has the industry’s lowest percentage of baseplate contact. The V-Rod baseplate minimizes the contact between your binding and your board while controlling for “correct” flex. The baseplates “rocker” on opposing corners with a “rod” of support from toe to heel: this is to give the freestyle flex that snowboarding demands, while also delivering power edge to edge. The narrow footprint also maximizes the board’s natural flex pattern. The Tool-Free Yes, I Cant Technology was created to adjust the canting for the InBase padding system under your foot. Increased canting underfoot gives you more power over the tip and tail of your board and also puts less pressure on the knee for greater comfort, particularly for wider stances. The D3O V-Rod SubBase Pad under the baseplate decreases vibration and improves cushioning for a smoother, more comfortable ride. Cushioning materials extend into the raised corners of the V-Rod design to provide more flexibility in the corners where you want movement. A small Minimalist Disc greatly reduces the amount of baseplate contact with the board—the industry-leading 1.56 % of plastic contact. It also takes a ton of weight out of the baseplate design.
At the new Ultralight Ankle Strap, a superlight 3D Pad locks together with a supportive midsection piece when tightened. Lightweight comfort that flexes into full support. The ConformGrip 2.0 Toe Strap is a new design that maximizes the flexible, toe-grabbing surface for pressure-free fit and control. The PivotMount Strap Technology system delivers 5 symmetrical positions and 20 additional positions for unmatched control over strap placement and strap support. Run ‘em high for support, low for added freedom, or in the middle for a traditional response. Or run it asymmetrically for varied side-to-side support levels. Simply loosen, rotate, and tighten. The AutoStrap Technology basically is an elastic band that allows the ankle strap to flex away from the baseplate when you open the strap, to let your foot step in more easily and faster. Two-part Hybrid Buckles on the Katana combine plastic teeth with a metal arm to minimize slippage and wear-and-tear by keeping the buckle and strap contact plastic to plastic. Additionally, the AsymWrap Technology enhances ''correct flex”—toe-to-heel power and side-to-side flex, at a light weight.
Rome SDS lives and breathes snowboarding and has done so since day one. Seeking to reestablish the true roots of snowboarding, Rome kicked off production is 2001. Their goal was to create a brand that "lives the values of snowboarding and innovates products that increase the one thing that matters most in snowboarding: fun." They have overshot their goal by miles, and as true snowboarders at heart, we are stoked to have them as a part of our team.