2012 Raiden Phantoms Used and Reviewed
Phantoms have different meanings to different people some are good and some are bad. They lurk in the shadows or in the dark trying to scare us. The Phantoms from Raiden are one of those bindings that’s been there lurking getting better and better every year and now is the time to let them attack your feet and guide them across the slopes.
Board Used: Nitro Rook
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Conditions: Sunny with some clouds poking through on firm snow that was a bit deadly in spots. Ice patches were lurking around every little bump.
Boots Used: K2 T1 DB Size 10
Binding Compatibility: This is the binding that is designed to match that board.
Binding Adjustability: It has all the standard features we’ve come to expect quick adjust toe/heel straps and forward lean. The toe ramp/cover can be slid into place as needed. The heel cup can be pulled out or pushed in with some screw adjustments as well.
Straps: The toe strap is a full cut out to mold to any boot shape and allows it to fit better than in previous years. The heel strap has ample padding for those that like to really drive into the boot or be held down.
Highbacks: This is all new for 2012 and you can see that just by looking at it. With a more asymmetrical styling it allows for flex when you need it while driving back into the highback. It’s not like in years past where it was just rather soft and would mush out when any force is applied to it.
Binding Flex: Middle of the road all mountain freestyle flex. The mini disk does give the binding more play if you use 2 screws with it and lessens the dead spot under foot. The air bags shouldn’t be over looked as well these really do dampening the ride so micro vibrations or bone jarring bomb drops shouldn’t bother your knees all too much.
Ratchets: You want to talk about an amazing advancement these ratchets slid on like butter and had no problems releasing or tightening down.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s going from the park to the pow and doesn’t need a soft mushy binding.
Personal Thoughts: Raiden really has really come a long way in the last 5 years. So much has changed in their line up that the bindings are really worth a solid look over. They give you the performance and features you need without adding too much bullshit that over complicates their ease of use and adjustability.
What They Say: The Phantom is our pro level performance freestyle binding. The FTI EVO 2 AIR chassis delivers full DUAL AIR dampening to absorb bone bruising drops and stability for high speed performance. The performance level of this binding has been stepped up once again. Redesigned ankle and toe straps with NEw Speedwheel ratchets and LSD alignment mean smoother entry and exit combined with reliability and comfort. The New taller X Beam highback gives a fine tuned response at high speed and support for unmatched comfort. Whether you’re coming by land or air, the Phantom’s light weight and insane board feel make it top choice of the team… Ride the Lightening.
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