Binding Model: Bent Metal Logic
Binding Size: Med
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21in wide, 15/-3
Board Used: Endeavor Archetype 154, Niche Aether 156
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155
Conditions: Early spring causing warm temps during the day and freezing at night. This caused any slush from the day before to be frozen solid.
Binding Adjustability: The heelcup slides in and out of the main frame providing 3 different adjustment positions. Just loosen the ankle bolts and slide where you need it. The straps themselves are on tool-less bolts, spin them out, adjust, spin them back in. The only piece that carries over from the old BM’s is the forward lean block. It’s literally a block with the bolt off towards one corner a little bit. Spin it around to get different forward leans.
Straps: The toe strap shines here as being dead simple and effective. Just a super basic split toe strap that sits on the point of the toebox great. The ankle straps are foam with a plastic skeleton. They have a good amount of support and are relatively comfy.
Ratchets: They have this nice metallic sound to them. That has no bearing on their performance, but I like they way the sound. They climb well and stay put.
Highbacks: Almost a double wing on these. They are soft though so the wings really just help keep the highback behind your boot where they can actually do something. It’s a nice fluid surfy feel.
Binding Flex: Softer overall with a focus more on tweakability than power.
Ride: Bent Metal is using a unique design with their Drive Plates. The frame covers are made like snowboards at Mervin using a laminated construction. They’re smooth and provide a level of customization. If you really wanted the soft highback and stiff frame, buy the carbon plates that come in the Solutions.
Rider in Mind: Park rat, jib kid, or anyone looking to get surfy.
Personal Thoughts: I’ll say it, Bent Metals used to be some of the worst bindings on the market. So bad that it was known that most of their “team” riders wouldn’t ride them. Now? Now I could see guys sponsored by other brands sneakily riding these. They’re solid, smooth, and built to last. I’m impressed.
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This binding was loaned to us for review from Bent Metal Bindings marketing department.