Binding Model: Rome Crux
Binding Size: Lg/XL
Stance and Angles: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boot Used: K2 Thraxis
Boot Size: 10
Board Used: Endeavor Archetype
Rider Weight: 195
Location: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies, warmer temps, 4 inches of heavy hot pow, a little wind, and some fog.
Binding Adjustability: This is a pretty basic binding so you get standard adjustability. Flip cams for strap lengthening, 3 pin placements for the toe strap, highback rotation, toe ramp adjustment, and forward lean.
Straps: The straps are that harder minimalist plastic that utilizes the boot to provide the padding. The heel strap contours well to most boot shapes. The toe strap has a huge cut out to make it fit most boot shapes, I did find that the cutout was a bit larger than it could be to grip my boots.
Ratchets: These work well and seemed mostly effortless. I only had them catch one time on release. They climb as you would expect and have a solid release mechanism.
Highbacks: These are about as basic as they come. They’re a bit softer flexing and don’t have a lot of bulky padding to them meaning that the response is increased due to no dampening.
Binding Flex: This binding is around a middle of the road. You’ll notice there’s a lot of lateral play in it just due to the design. The highback is a bit on the softer side which lets you tweak as needed.
Ride: The ride is mildly damp due to the foot pad and there’s a little power on the outside of it with the way the heel cup wraps around.
Rider in Mind: Park focused guy that will venture out on the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: This binding has one of the biggest base trays I’ve seen in a chassis in a while. There was excess room on the sides of my boots that was noticeable. The heel strap was solid, but the toe strap left more to be desired. Overall it just felt like a kind of generic cheap binding that wasn’t mind blowing.
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