2013 Bon Hiver 13 Series Binding Used and Reviewed
People have been wondering when this review would come out. Probably because no one thought I would actually subject myself to riding with these creations for the fiery pits of hell, but alas I did and this is the review. So if you ever wondered what it was like to ride with a bear trap on your feet here you go.
Binding Used: Bon Hiver 13 Series Binding
Board Used: Arbor Blacklist
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots Used: K2 UFO Size 10
Location: A Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird slush laps in the early spring.
Binding Adjustability: There’s a lot of screws to play with. Think of it like trying to adjust a Ride binding from the late 90’s. Moving the highback and straps around is kind of a pain in the ass with the current design. And by kind of a pain in the ass I mean it’s a huge pain in the ass and you will let out banshee cries to the heavens as you lose parts.
Straps: Well the heel strap reminds me of the old K2 Formula strap from about 2008ish or so and the toe strap is like a bastardized old version of the toe strap from that same binding. The heel strap gets the job done but the toe strap is somewhat worthless and will pop off.
Highbacks: They’re stiff and bulky. If you drive into them expect amazing response at least on heelside turns.
Binding Flex: Next to non existent. Between the plate for the back binding with its magnets then it’s all aluminum chassis it wasn’t going to flex at all.
Ratchets: Suck is the only word to describe them. The release lever is too small and won’t initiate as a one finger quick release, this results in you having to grab them with your hand and jiggle it around praying that it will let you out.
Rider in Mind: Someone that hasn’t mastered how to strap in standing up I guess or a tech nerd.
Personal Thoughts: It’s a bear trap on your foot. I had a critical cam failure where the easy release wouldn’t engage and lock in, resulting in me screaming at the top of my lungs for five minutes till I had to use my hand to cause it to engage. The weight needs to be talked about just one of these bindings weighs more than both of my Raiden Phantoms. On a plus side the sole weight of these things would deter any potential thief from stealing them as his mobility would be impaired.
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