Binding Model: Now Recon
Binding Size: Medium
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21in wide, 15/-3
Board Used: Flow Enigma 157
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155lbs
Location: Beaver Creek
Conditions: Average late winter early spring conditions. Some hardpack especially on groomers and some decent snow off the beaten path.
Binding Adjustability: The straps are all tool less bolts. You just flip the cover, unscrew, line up the hole you need, screw back in. Super simple and easy to use.
Straps: I’m on the lower end of the size with an 8 and the toe strap kind of showed that. I never had it blow off and it generally worked the way it was supposed to and never felt like it was ineffective, but the lower section of the toe strap tended to drift away from my boot. I ended up flipping them and they stayed put much better, but could still be improved. The ankle straps are a little on the softer side for what you normally find on a carbon highbacked binding, but I never felt like they weren’t enough.
Ratchets: Smooth on and off with plenty of crank power, I never had any issues.
Highbacks: It has a psuedo-wing that really lets you drive hard into your contact points. You can finish a Euro carve off your back foot with tons of power. It’s a very stiff and unyielding flex.
Binding Flex: Stiffer overall but not unmovable. Maintains enough flex to get your weight around on the board without too much leg power.
Ride: Aggressive with just a touch of freestyle thrown in to keep it comfortable. The bushings and full length EVA provide a smooth ride with quick response and direct control.
Rider in Mind: Charger looking for a very solid feeling binding and wants the response of a carbon highback.
Personal Thoughts: The ankle strap being just a bit softer actually worked really well with the pseudo wing on the highback. If the straps had been much stiffer you wouldn’t be able to get away from the highback and the whole thing would feel too restrictive. It’s a really solid balance and makes for a really well done powder oriented freeride binding. Something you can put on you AK stick. The Recon got the tool-less hanger bolts this year making it an option for running the hanger quiver deal that Now has where you can just pull the bolts from the kingpin, leave the hanger on the board, and move the frame to another hanger on another board.
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This binding was loaned to us for review from Now Bindings marketing department.