Binding Model: Rossignol Viper
Binding Size: M/L
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21 wide, 15/-3
Board Used: Niche Aether 156
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Early April spring in full effect. Warm temps, slushier snow, and mild winds.
Binding Adjustability: This is the first binding in Rossignol’s line that gets the quick adjust straps. They’re spring loaded cams with post that fit into cut-outs on either side of the adjuster. They literally take seconds to adjust and stay put. There are also 3 positions that the ankle strap can bolt to the frame. Unscrew the bolt, pull the nut, move the strap, put everything back in. It’s easy.
Straps: The binding this replaced from last year had a more traditional ankle strap compared to this one with a more skeleton style construction. For this binding I liked the other one better. This one is just a little too soft laterally to really be an upgrade from the Battle. I didn’t have any trouble with the toe straps last year, but this year they seem to be made of a stiffer material that doesn’t conform around much. Had to resort to riding them over the top. 90’s flashbacks ensued.
Ratchets: Not the smoothest, but not problems.
Highbacks: This is where I saw an improvement over the Cage from 2017. This highback has a lot more shape and actually rode pretty well. Still a little too much forward lean stock for my taste, but less than a lot of the Rossi line.
Binding Flex: Softer more beginner oriented flex.
Ride: Entry level feeling. Just a little bit of EVA under the toes and heels.
Rider in Mind: Aimed at the entry level market or someone looking for something bare bones.
Personal Thoughts: The highback was a welcome improvement, but I want the old more traditional style ankle strap, and get rid of the nylon webbing in the toe strap. Let it just be a simple split toe and I’d be way happier with it.
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This binding was loaned to us for review from Rossignol Snowboards marketing department.