Seven years in the making, a few patents, a killer team of old school shreds, and the most hype in snowboarding. That is what makes up the Now Bindings. Finally for those that have asked here’s the review and believe me they live up to the hype.
Binding: Now IPO
Board Used: Arbor Blacklist
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots Used: K2 UFO Size 10
Conditions: Firm fresh corduroy in the morning mixing to slushy mashed potato snow in the afternoon.
Binding Adjustability: You have the option of with or without the highbacks, I opted for with. Heel and toe strap adjustment just like any other binding. Finally there’s the option of which bushings you want to use. These vary in stiffness. Mine had the medium flex.
Straps: The heel strap is plush and much like any other binding on the market it wrapped around my instep perfectly fine and did its job. The toe strap while looking like the old Union one actually fits better than theirs. It locked in on the toe box of my boots and made it feel secure.
Highbacks: The highback is minimal compared to other bindings and honestly I think it really didn’t do anything and I should have opted to pull it off for the full Now experience but I didn’t. The highback-less option seems to be one of the bigger selling points for this with the highback sitting on top of the heel cup and not in it this allows for the chassis to have the same fit and feel regardless of utilizing the highback or not.
Binding Flex: With the kingpin system this changes the flex a little bit. Toe to heel you have a bit of play that allows you to utilize your natural ankle flex to steer the board through the binding. Laterally it’s just past mid flex and solid, this makes it feel like any other binding.
Ratchets: Are smooth and never locked up. One finger quick release and easy to feed mouths to shove the ladder strap in.
Rider in Mind: All mountain guy that’s going from the peak to the park and then some. Or a jib kid that wants ankle flex for going through kinked rails.
Personal Thoughts: I know there’s a lot of speculation about these things out there and that some people are saying it’s a crap idea or that it seems rushed. There’s some flaws in the ones I rode because they’re pre-production but I knew that going in to use them. Some people have said that the bushing fall out, mine were glued in which I think changes that dynamic. The concept of the kingpin works. I realized that after the first hour of getting used to it. You have this level of micro play that changes the way you steer. Instead of having to drive hard into your boot flexing your knees, ankles, and hips you can do it more like riding a skateboard or longboard with loose trucks and pump the board through the ankles. When going through a kinked rail you have this bit of movement that allows you to absorb the kink better. Jumps weren’t an issue either. And for all you people speculating that snow will get caught underneath if it could have happened to me it would have with how slushy the snow was.
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