It’s always funny to ride technology you remember riding 10, 15, 0r 20 years ago. In this case I can remember the last time wings were huge in snowboarding. My experience with them back then was that they were all show and didn’t do shit. This time around after playing around on the Restricted Malavita it was a lot different and more towards what I feel it should be. Here’s a look at how this gripper grip worked for me.
Boards Used: Custom Flying V and Sweettalker
Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy
Conditions: Some clouds in the sky with the sun poking through and a bit of blue. While riding on fresh corduroy.
Boots Used: K2 T1 DB Size 10
Binding Compatibility: Being that the boards were ICS this binding was designed to match up on them. Over all I felt it was a solid choice of a binding for both these decks and complimented what they had to offer real well.
Binding Adjustability: EST makes for a quick mounting if you know what you’re doing, after 3 years of the same rep it’s good to know that he can set these things up blindfolded and actually tighten the screws. That first year was a bit crazy with how loose he’d leave the damn things all the time. As for the straps usual Burton on the fly adjustments.
Straps: Heel strap is completely solid and has a lot of support for your ankle especially when driving through carves and turns. The Gettagrip Toe Strap is just a joke the best Burton toe strap was the one with the hallow middle that sat well on any boot. This new one doesn’t grip my boot at all no matter how you adjust it and fails to provide the basic principal it should.
Highbacks: Softer on the inside stiffer in the wing. It really is a functional wing that lets you drive your energy into it and push out. I’ve ridden other ones in the past that didn’t have as much force as this one had.
Binding Flex: Just a hair past middle of the road.
Ratchets: Smooth as butter didn’t stick or have any problems engaging or releasing.
Rider in Mind: All mountain slayer from the park to the pow.
Personal Thoughts: This actually wasn’t that bad of a binding. I liked the fact the wing gave the support where it was needed and how the softer inside of the highback allowed for more play. Over all it was a fun binding for cruising the whole mountain.
What They Say: Yeah, it’s cool to have fantasies. A pair of bindings pinning you to the ground, forcing you to execute on command, hit it backside, grab forcefully, and press it like a man. Wait a sec; are we even talking about snowboarding? Yes, we are. Winged hi-backs with air padding were demanded by Keegan and Mikkel to get nasty with their stick without getting raw. Are we still talking about snowboarding? Ah…maybe?