Binding Model: Switchback Destroyer
Binding Size: Medium
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21in wide, 18/0
Board Used: Moss PQ
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Late season with some heavy and wet snow with warmer temps.
Binding Adjustability: Everything other than the mounting bolts is tool-less. It’s all very easy.
Straps: All composite, no fabric. The ankle straps have a really great shape that conforms really well to your boot and provides a really nice medium level of support. Super comfortable. The toe straps are split with a little bit of a 3D shape. They clamped down really well and never budged. One of the better toe caps out there in my opinion.
Ratchets: Really nothing to say. They worked, they didn’t not work. They’re a ratchet.
Highbacks: With Switchbacks tool-less system for the highback it sort of requires the highback to “snap” into the heelcup. Over time this can wear out a bit and you can kind of feel it snap in and out as you ride. Or if you don’t quite get it snapped all the way in you can feel it snap in while you ride. It’s a little weird. Overall the highback is heavily padded providing a nice smooth interface between leg and binding, and has a very average freestyle feel to it. It has a nice cup to it that helps give some feedback as you’re pushing through carves.
Binding Flex: Just about middle or just below of the road.
Ride: Totally average. Not the smoothest, not the harshest, not the stiffest, not the softest. It just falls into the average middle of everything.
Rider in Mind: Your average do anything on the mountain kind of rider.
Personal Thoughts: There something kind of refreshing about riding a binding that’s just there. There are fancier options, but the draw for me to this binding is the simplicity. You just snowboard in them.
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This binding was loaned to us for review from Switchback Bindings marketing department.