Binding Model: Now O-Drive
Binding Size: Medium
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21in wide, 12/-6
Board used: Niche Theme 157
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Early almost spring, no new snow yet
Binding Adjustability: Straps adjust with tool-less bolts and everything is pretty easy, line up the holes and screw it back in. I had the Flipit ankle strap in the more supportive position.
Straps: I’m on the bottom end of the size spectrum for these so the toe straps had a little bit of a hard time coping. They never slipped off and I never felt like they weren’t doing their job effectively, but they did drift forward on my toe box a bit causing a gap between the lower part of the strap and my boot. Ankle strap was comfortable and very supportive providing a very locked down feel with just enough give to avoid feeling like a cast.
Ratchets: Smooth on and off with plenty of crank. They have a margin of “flap” but nothing that ever blew off or bothered me.
Highbacks: Rigid in all the right places. It’s full carbon so it’s stupid responsive and active feeling, but they maintained just enough torsional flex, barely just enough, to keep it from feeling like it was ever in the way.
Binding Flex: Gnar stiff. There really isn’t any flex. It’s very solid everywhere in every direction.
Ride: Pure 100% control. Smooth from the bushings and full EVA footbed and it just provides copious amounts of board control.
Rider in Mind: Carver, charger, looking for the lightest and most responsive.
Personal Thoughts: I’ve never really enjoyed full carbon bindings, or really any bindings using carbon highbacks. This is different. The Skate Tech frame in my opinion is the best thing to happen to carbon bindings. Normally to get all the gnarly response out of a carbon binding you have to sacrifice your knees and teeth to the chatter. With the frame bushings it soaks all that up. And then with the way Skate Tech rides it inherently kind of eliminates that almost too aggressive feel that a lot of people get with carbon, but maintains all that control. Control is the big word with these. You’re board will do whatever you want it to.
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*Disclaimer this binding did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*