The Zero is another binding in the Raiden line up that has had more tweaks to it over the years than Joan Rivers face. It’s these subtle tweaks that have allowed it to slowly become the binding it is today compared to just going for a full blown face lift and making it look like a bastard flying monkey with a talk show. Here’s how it rode for myself.
Board Used: Nitro Rook Factory
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Conditions: Sunny skies with a few clouds and high winds. The snow was firm with icy spots in it but the corduroy was fresh and there wasn’t any fresh snow in sight.
Boots Used: K2 T1 DB Size 10
Binding Compatibility: It was probably a bit softer than what they would have recommended matched this board. Personally I think it complimented it pretty well.
Binding Adjustability: Has the standard toe/heel quick adjust, highback forward lean. Add to that an adjustable/removable toe ramp plus a heel cup that can be slid forward or backward into the ideal placement.
Straps: Toe strap has the oval shaped hole in it that allows for it to fit on just about every boot shape out there. The heel strap has little pads on the inside to distribute pressure and grip your boot better.
Highbacks: Is designed to have a more skate inspired feel to it giving better flex. You really notice this when you drive into the highback during butters or setting up ground spins.
Binding Flex: I’d say somewhere on the softer side of all mountain freestyle or possibly middle of the road with true freestyle. The mini disk does give more flex out of the baseplate due to minimalizing the dead spot.
Ratchets: Slid on and off like gravy without any issues.
Rider in Mind: The skate styled rider that’s going to be having fun buttering off a roller or hitting a jib in the park.
Personal Thoughts: For being a supposedly softer binding it really wasn’t under powering this deck at all and did the job I thought it would. The new toe strap is great for gripping the toe of my boot and doing its job. The new highback has a bit of give to it allowing you to push through it when you want to rather than pushing into it and hitting the proverbial wall.
What They Say: The NEW softer, FLEX Beam highback delivers skate-like flexibility, combined with lightweight performance making the ZERO binding, BOSS. The Zero has a re-designed toe strap that is minimal yet provides better foothold and contours to your boot in any setting. The performance side of this binding makes it great for park laps or hitting the rail down the street. The FTI AIR chassis now incorporates our Aluminum mini disc, providing the ultimate in board feel and flex. The Zero gives you the confidence to put it down on the flat landings without worry of bruising your heels. This binding is solid, lightweight, and made for all-terrain destruction.
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