Binding Model: Salomon District
Binding Size: Medium
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21in wide, 9/-9
Board Used: Niche Knew 154
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Late season after dump. Still some good stashes left.
Binding Adjustability: The straps are on bolts with tool less levers. Loosen up, slide it into position, and tighten back down. The highback rotation and forward lean is on the same bolt down on the frame. It takes a driver to adjust but very simple to do so.
Straps: The toe strap is basic and simple with a great shape that locks on the toe. The ankle strap is comfy and conforms well over the boot. A little bit of support to the front but still a fairly soft and forgiving strap.
Ratchets: Smooth on with good climb. The toe ratchet did away with it’s release lever, but it still pops loose just as easy. Ankle ratchets release easy and smooth.
Highbacks: A very cupped shape down low designed to help the highback follow the boot around. It’s very stiff straight back but softer side to side with the soft heelcup.
Binding Flex: The shadow fit frame offers a responsive flex front to back with the cable running through the heelcup, but is soft side to side. The base frame is stiffer and that’s really where most of the support comes from.
Ride: The concept of the Shadow fit frame is to mimic the feel of skating and surfing as much as possible. It allows for a lot of lateral flex but still maintains the front to back response you need for edge control. It’s definitely a unique feeling.
Rider in Mind: Park rat
Personal Thoughts: Shadow Fit is a unique feel that you have to be looking for. It’s loose and skatey tip to tip. One thing of note is you can’t really crank down the ankle straps. Being positioned on the outside of the the soft heelcups the tighter you make them the more they pinch side to side. The fit on the Salomons is already pretty narrow in the heel as well.
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*Disclaimer this binding did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*