Binding Model: Rossignol XV
Binding Size: M/L
Stance and Angles: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boot Used: K2 Thraxis
Boot Size: 10
Board Used: K2 Cool Bean
Rider Weight: 200lbs
Location: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, zero wind, warmer temps, perfect hero snow meaning it was easy to set an edge in and there was little ice or chunder.
Binding Adjustability: The heel cup is adjustable for a size 8 to 13 plus, that doesn’t seem right but it is with two screws. This is not a good idea. The straps instead of a lock down flip cam or set screw have a pinch down clamp. You can rotate the highback as there’s two spots for it. Finally you have the forward lean adjustment and toe ramp, these are very basic and do their job.
Straps: The heel strap is that older style with leather and other materials. The way it’s shaped on the inside of the ankle it elongates out and can cause a pressure point, or at least I noticed it as it wasn’t as rounded off. The cut out for the heel strap matches most boot shapes so don’t worry about that. The toe strap has neoprene over the cut out so you have that going for you. The actual oval of the strap is designed to fit over most boots toe box and it works well enough. Overall the straps weren’t bad but they weren’t great.
Ratchets: The toe ratchets were a little sticky with guiding the ladder in. Once I rammed that through they climbed well enough and released with ease. The one finger tab does its job and is what you would expect.
Highbacks: These are super rigid and you feel them as there’s a natural forward lean in them that is more than most boots. I would recommend rotating them to dissipate some of that natural lean if that’s not your thing.
Binding Flex: While the overall flex is uniform it is a stiffer freeride oriented binding. So expect it to be rigid and not as forgiving. There’s a lot of power in this binding and that’s what you should expect from this. Overall there’s not a lot of lateral flex and the dead spot underfoot is immense.
Ride: Powerful, that’s the only way to describe this binding. It just wants to distribute all power into the board.
Rider in Mind: Hard charging freeride guy that needs a highly responsive binding.
Personal Thoughts: Well once you get over the rental features on this binding it wasn’t that bad. The forward lean that’s naturally there is a bit overkill so some people might not like it. The feel of this binding is on par for what it should be for a binding like this.
Comparable Bindings: Union Atlas, Burton Cartel X, Bent Metal Solution