Binding Model: Now Brigade
Binding Size: Medium
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21in wide, 9/-9
Board Used: Niche Knew 154
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Early spring, warmish, the snow was pretty nominal.
Binding Adjustability: Tool less adjusters on the straps that are easy to flip up, spin off, and bolt back on.
Straps: I had just a little bit of drifting with the toe strap, but I think with enough time that would break in over the toe and eventually grab right to stay put. I am on the lower end of the size spectrum though. The Sieva straps provide a lot of similar characteristics as the foam constructed ones on the Drive and Select Pro but with more flex. It’s a bit softer feeling so it has a little easier time conforming to a boot shape and provides a little bit more give when you really drive into it. Helps further the more freestyle feel the Brigades are aimed at. They were supportive and comfortable.
Ratchets: Smooth on and off with no issues to speak of.
Highbacks: The small wingish protrusion on the outside of the highback does a good job keeping the support structure behind your leg as you move around in the binding. The flex is pretty solid straight back with middle of the road torsional flex. It’s short, so it’s never in your way.
Binding Flex: Just under middle of the road. The Sieva strap really helps to loosen things up just a bit and create that killer freestyle feel.
Ride: A smooth and unhindered freestyle feel. Full EVA footbed and the bushing are nice in the park. They take the ping out of hitting a rail and offer some really nice landing gear. The ability of Skate Tech to make near any board drive from under foot is awesome in the park at slower speeds approaching rails or on jumps loading an edge.
Rider in Mind: All mountain freestyle hitting everything like a park, oh and the whole park too.
Personal Thoughts: I’m really happy to see hangar 2.0 come down into the more park oriented offering. The 1.0 being just that little bit narrower made the frames feel a little less forgiving romping around bonking and jibbing everything. Overall it’s a really solid do everything with a freestyle mindset binding.
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This binding was loaned to us for review from Now Bindings marketing department.