Binding Model: Now x Yes
Binding Size: Medium
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21wide 15/-3
Board Used: Flow Enigma 157
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Late winter, early spring. Recently had tons of snow, but no freshness left.
Binding Adjustability: These are on the tool-less kingpin hanger 1.0 chassis. So you don’t need a tool to pop the main frame of the hanger and swap them between the, now available separately, kingpin kits. It’s easy and offers the chance to get a quiver going with one set of bindings. The straps are on tool-less bolts that are simple to spin out and put back in once you get the length you want.
Straps: The ankle strap is the Sieva strap. It’s solid foam and very 3D shaped. It’s a favorite of mine as it’s fairly flexible but also pretty un-compressible. It allows for movement when you want it, and support when you need it. Straight forward you have a very progressive flex. The early parts are fairly soft and easy, and as you push further into the strap you get past the 3D shaping and start to really engage the foam, which doesn’t have much give. Deep into the straps is super supportive. The toe straps had a hard time staying where I wanted them in the stock position. I’m on the bottom end of the size run though so I’m not entirely shocked. I flipped them and they actually did a lot better. The super basic strap from Now is by far my favorite of their three versions. Too many brands try too hard to make fancy toe straps. Simple is better in my experience. The only other qualm I have is there isn’t any sort of catch or post for the toe straps adjuster side so it can just sorta spin around on the bolt. A gate would do wonders.
Ratchets: Smooth and no issue on, just a hair sticky coming off, but I’m pretty sure I was the first one in these.
Highbacks: Same back as on the Pilot. It’s a little taller than on some of the lower models but gets the flex hinge. It’s really solid down low and has just enough give up top to soak up some chatter and eliminate the possibility for calf bite. It sits well in the average feeling all mountain flex.
Binding Flex: Overall just about middle of the road, but with hanger 1.0 it will feel snug which I have always found to make the binding feel just a bit stiffer. The support of the frame is RIGHT there, so you don’t have to flex through your boot at all to get into the binding.
Ride: Smooth. Now’s are always smooth. The Kingpin frame and full EVA footbed soak up everything. And the Kingpin frame is one of the genuinely unique designs in bindings right now. It has a genuine effect on how your binding feels and how you ride your snowboard. I’ve said from day one that these bindings make it so any board steers at your feet.
Rider in Mind: All mountain/freestyle/park catch all
Personal Thoughts: This is basically the hybrid of the Pilot and IPO. It’s a solid offering for anyone looking for something a little more than the IPO and likes the idea of the tool-less kingpin capability. If you’re looking for the cheapest way to start your quiver, this is the bindings I’d go for.
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This binding was loaned to us for review from Now Bindings marketing department.