2013 Salomon Cypher Used and Reviewed
Sometimes it’s fun to give Ted products and see what happens. Being that he doesn’t have a retail background in the snowboard industry it’s more amusing for him to play with things and go but why isn’t this working or where the fuck did this part go. This was one of those bindings that did that to him.
Binding Used: Salomon Cypher
Board Used: Echelon Franken Says Relax
Stance: 22 Wide
Boots Used: Burton Moto Size 9
Conditions: 50+ degree Breckenridge slush, early morning death gnar spring ice.
Binding Adjustability: Tool-less toe ramps, heel straps, toe straps, and of course the easy to dial in forward lean adjuster.
Straps: The heel strap fit nice and snug, right out of the box. It’s a fairly plush pad that feels expensive (something I like). I think the toe cap is too big for the binding size. I had to dial it all the way to the tightest setting, and I almost lost the adjustment screw in the process.
Highbacks: The highbacks are shorter and wider, much like other Salomon bindings I’ve ridden. These ones feel just a little stiffer than the Salomon Rhythm bindings.
Binding Flex: This binding is about halfway between very stiff and medium stiff. I felt very in control hitting big jumps with this binding.
Ratchets: The ratchets work perfectly fine. It is easy to get into and out of this binding. I’m not sure I’m the biggest fan of the strap length adjuster, however. You didn’t know that the adjustment screw comes off, making it easy to lose the first time you adjust the length of the heel pad or toe strap.
Rider in Mind: Advanced park rider who slays.
Personal Thoughts: I really love the stiffness of this binding. I felt very dialed into my snowboard, both on jumps and rails. My only issues with this binding are the toe strap and the length adjustment screws. The toe strap is too big, and it kept sliding down my toe at the shortest possible setting. I also feel like it’s easy to lose the strap length adjustment screw if you don’t know it comes off of the binding.
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