2013 Top Binding Picks
Due in part to injuries, schedules, and while we’re at it Satan ass raping Mother Nature and not giving us a prevalent season we weren’t able to review nearly as many bindings as we would have liked. Even with all these adversities we still managed to get out and ride a decent amount, especially the ones that had the new tech. Here’s our picks for what stood out as being excellent for next season.
Being a strong advocate to anything he can tweak out in it was only natural that the Flux DMCC Lite stood out. Here’s what he had to say, “I could ride these every day on every deck I own and be happy. As stated already I still want Flux to do something more with top end shock but these are a binding that I will recommend. And they’re crazy light.” Honorable mention goes out to Switchback as a strong contender but more testing was needed, especially with a highback. The standout turd of a binding goes to the Gnu Mutant, Kevin was not impressed.
Ted’s an interesting person to have test products due to his sometimes overly analytical take on things. The best way to sum it up was that the Salomon Rhythm and the Salomon Cypher somewhat tied for him in terms of being a pick due to him finding some subtle nuances. Though the binding he found to not be up to snuff was the Salomon District with the new shadowfit technology.
I’ve ridden a ton of bindings over the year and there’s definitely some that stand out more so than others. This year was probably the first in about five years that I personally cut down the amount of bindings I personally reviewed. Sad for you guys but sometimes you need to step back to re-evaluate how things are done. Luckily enough though I did manage to ride some new tech and see how it stands out from the crowd.
First and foremost the best new binding for 2013 that I’ve personally ridden is the Now IPO. Sometimes new tech comes out with a wow factor but the actual practicality just doesn’t exist, this was not the case with these. The review speaks volumes. The second best bindings I rode were the Salomon Holograms with the new Shadowfit tech. While Ted wasn’t down nor had he ridden the original Relay’s I saw the definite improvement and this is how Relay should have been done. As always there has to be a binding that just sucks so much it can’t escape being mentioned as a turd, this would be the Bon Hiver’s. Sorry fella’s but they just don’t work as well as they should, hopefully 2014 they’ve improved.
Just to break it down for everyone here’s what’s good:
Hopefully this helps you with choosing what you’ll be strapping to your feet this up coming winter. Next winter I promise more binding reviews.