Binding Model: Jones Mercury
Binding Size: Medium
Stance and Angles: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boot Used: K2 Thraxis
Boot Size: 10
Board Used: K2 Cool Bean
Rider Weight: 195
Location: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, 2 inches of fresh snow on top of perfect corduroy, the snow was heavy in spots or light and blower if it was in the shade, and there was no wind.
Binding Adjustability: So much adjustability on this binding. You have a heel strap that can be flipped and put into two positions whether you want to freeride or be laid back and cruise. There are flip cam adjustments on the straps for lengthening or shortening them and there’s a push down mount on the toe straps for setting them into the tray. You have multiple options for the bushing on the base of the hangar to make it either firmer or softer. Finally you can rotate the highback as well adjust its lean.
Straps: The heel strap is plush and gives you two options for how you want it set. If you like it more firm and aggressive go with the freeride side, if you want to be more surfy then flip it. The toe strap is a bit bulky and will only fit certain boot shapes.
Ratchets: The ratchets are smooth and didn’t lock up. My biggest complaint is the toe ratchet is a push down instead of a tab release, it’s counter intuitive to what’s going on with the heel ratchet.
Highbacks: This highback is a bit shorter so you won’t experience calf bite. What is nice is that there is a level of response from it when you drive into it but on the outside there’s enough flex to make it playful.
Binding Flex: The overall flex can be adjusted based on which way you set the straps as well as what bushings you use. I opted to run it a bit stiffer and more freeride because that fits my style. This made it more of a low level freeride binding that has rebound when you drive into it.
Ride: The overall ride is super smooth. The biggest thing you’ll notice is the power you get edge to edge due to the Skatetech. That technology just increases the leverage you put on edge and allows you to aggressively transition from toe to heel while putting more power on the sidecut. If you like to be very edge heavy and want a binding that allows you to force your way in, this is it.
Rider in Mind: Someone that bounces from freeride to surf style depending on what type of board their on.
Personal Thoughts: This binding doesn’t suck. It gets the job done and it does it well. The Skatetech from Now is superb and this binding has so much power transmission in it. What’s nice is you get the ability to flip the straps if need be so you get 2 bindings for the price of one.
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