Binding Model: Rossignol XV
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21in, 15/-3
Board Used: Ride Alter Ego 159
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155
Location: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Firm-ish, average late season not quite spring conditions in CO. Making up cold mornings, warmer afternoons with firm snow turning to slush under typical bluebird skies.
Binding Adjustability: The straps are ludicrously easy to adjust. The cams are spring loaded with pins that fit into slots on either side of the adjuster strap. Last year I had issues with the straps migrating on their own when I dropped my board to strap in or slapped it down to annoy the skier behind me in the lift line, this new design eliminates that issue without affecting the simplicity of adjustment at all. Good job Rossignol, I wish more brands listened and fixed things like you. The M/L in its smallest setting fits my 8’s great and the heelcup extends all the way to fit 13’s but the adjustment for the heelcup is a bit difficult to reach effectively with a standard screwdriver since it’s on the inside of the frame.
Straps: The ankle strap is fully supportive while maintaining just enough flex to avoid being restrictive. It’s a powerful feel the manages to also avoid any pinching or instep pressure. The toe strap conformed over my toe well and never budged or caused pressure anywhere.
Ratchets: They are a little rough to release out of box and don’t offer that smooth push down before you start cranking, but I’m assured they break in and release smooth after a few good days. Otherwise they do climb well and no other issues came up.
Highbacks: I really liked the cupped shape and with the little bit of torsional flex the highback stays well behind you as you move around. I would recommend if you run anything higher than 9 degrees that you rotate the highback as they won’t really be in the right position behind your boot otherwise. The last thing is the forward lean. It’s aggressive. Very aggressive. Too aggressive. Luckily the cutout is positioned right that it avoids calf bite, but I think it would do much better to just not have this much forward lean. If you want more, you can always dial in more.
Binding Flex: Stiff, overall it’s an aggressive all mountain/freeride binding. The focus doesn’t really seem to be full blown response, but more full on support. It’s comfortable and strong feeling.
Ride: Gel in the toes and heel do a great job of soaking up just enough vibration and chatter to keep things comfy without limiting board feel. The canting is a bit aggressive. It works alright on rocker, but anything camber dominant I’ve always found 3 degrees to be restrictive.
Rider in Mind: All mountain/freeride. Someone looking for an aggressive supportive binding.
Personal Thoughts: The forward lean was just too aggressive and 3 degrees of canting in the footbed is just too much for my taste. Aside from that the binding did perform well and those that ride a wider stance and typically dial in a healthy amount of forward lean, this is a solid option. And again, thanks Rossignol for listening to us on the strap adjusters, kudos for fixing it. Now, let’s talk about that forward lean…
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This binding was loaned to us for review from Rossignol Snowboards marketing department.