Binding Model: Arbor Cypress
Binding Size: Medium
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21in wide, 12/-6
Board Used: Niche Theme 157, Arbor Bryan Iguchi Camber 156
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155lbs
Location: Theme at Keystone, Iguchi at Brighton
Conditions:Keystone was warm and soft with a storm about a week ago. Brighton had just about 10in fall overnight and windblown. Warm too.
Binding Adjustability: The straps are on tool less bolts that are simple to remove and put back in place. The heelcups aren’t quick to get adjusted, but it’s not hard either. One bolt on each side to pull out, shift everything into the position you need, and bolt back in. The fit was good enough to satisfy on my 8’s in the medium.
Straps: The ladders and adjusters on the straps are a more pliable plastic than is usual. It really lets the straps get into the position that fits best on your boot. The toe strap grabs the toe great with a lot of security. I do have have a high instep, but the ankle straps do sit just a little low and driving hard toeside I got a little pressure. I never was enough to force a rest stop or would ever cut a day short, but it is there.
Ratchets: Smooth crank, strong return springs, and smooth release.
Highbacks: This is the more solid and responsive of the two bindings and a lot of that is in the highback. The zero lean adjustment is a true zero lean. There is a little bit of cup to it, just enough to help keep some response towards the contact points. It’s an unrestricted but responsive feel.
Binding Flex: A little above a mid flex with a little more focus on movement than all out response.
Ride: The X-Frames rubber gasket and the use of the mini disc does a really good job of keeping all the effort you put into the binding moving towards the corners. Helps build a great balance of response and playability.
Rider in Mind: All mountain ride everywhere and everything.
Personal Thoughts: For a first year binding this is a really solid all mountain option from Arbor. The only real issue I had was a little bit too much instep pressure. Other than that it’s a well done binding that I really liked. And as a note, I do get a little bit of instep pressure on about a third of the bindings out there.
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*Disclaimer this binding did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*