Binding Model: Ride C-6
Binding Size: Medium
Stance and Angles: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boot Used: K2 Thraxis
Boot Size: 10
Board Used: Telos Mike Ranquet
Rider Weight: 200lbs
Location: Copper Mountain
Conditions: We had a winter storm roll in dropping over a foot of snow, high winds, cold temps, some ice, chunder, chunder pow, heavy pow, rocks, and everything in between.
Binding Adjustability: This binding has a fully adjustable heel cup with two screws on the side. The toe ramp has a little room to move forward and backward. The highbacks have both a forward lean adjustment and the ability to be rotated if need be. Finally the straps have a flip tab to lengthen or shorten them.
Straps: The heel strap is a two piece design with soft rubber for the cushioning and then hard plastic through the middle to give it some rigidity. The toe strap has an enormous cutout which works with just about any boot shape. It is a bit more rigid than others on the market so if you really crank it down you will feel it.
Ratchets: These worked exceptionally well. They’re easy to feed the ladder into, climb well, and release just as easily. The one finger quick release never got stuck even in deep heavy snow.
Highbacks: The highback is a bit more rigid than you would think for this binding. It has some lateral give to it which you will only notice if you rotate your highbacks. There is a tiny bit of natural forward lean on them which you can feel if you’re used to not riding with any. Otherwise they do their job just as you would expect.
Binding Flex: The overall flex is ever so slightly under middle of the road. You notice that there’s give in the heel strap when you push into it. The lateral flex is there but not as abundant as others in the same category. Overall for being a little softer it still has rigidity where you need it to drive the board you’re on.
Ride: The overall ride felt smooth and consistent. It was damp where you needed it to be but still gave you power where you wanted it.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain rider that just needs a binding with minimal adjustments.
Personal Thoughts: You know I would have figured this binding would have cost more for what it is, but I was wrong. What I will say is that for what it is, it’s predictable and does what you need it to do. It gets the job done and it never feels like you have a heavy bear trap on your foot or something so light you question if it’s going to die. It’s a binding and it works, which is exactly what you want.
Comparable Bindings: Burton Malavita, Rome DOD, Now Brigade