Binding Model: Salomon Hologram
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: 200lbs
Location: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies, medium to low visibility, some wind, warmer temps that turned colder, firm fast groomers, chunky deadly frozen chunder, ice, and some hero snow in spots.
Binding Adjustability: You have twist cams on the straps to lengthen or shorten them. There’s a pair of set screws for the heel cup that if you adjust them also adjusts the forward lean. You can slide the toe ramp a little forward and back. The toe strap has push pins for adjusting the placement of them.
Straps: The heel straps are a milled out cage that contours around the instep of the boot this relies on all the padding coming from the boot while giving a more optimal hold over the boot. It also reduces the chances of it breaking in and stretching or creating hot spots. The toe strap once again is a cage, literally it looks like a cage or muzzle for the front of your boot and wraps around the toe box with ease.
Ratchets: I had a little sticking on the toe ratchets on these which forced me to use more power to release it. When it came to climbing they felt secure and never had an issue locking me in.
Highbacks: These were playful where it mattered and yet still provided power when pushing back into the the Shadowfit heel cup. It was the perfect blend of play and drive you want for edge to edge control.
Binding Flex: Shadowfit gives more flex than most other bindings. It’s especially prevalent in the heel cup as you notice a lot of lateral give. It’s designed to mimic movements you would do on a skateboard or surfboard and you’ll notice a slight roll in the heel. Now some people will say “I’ve never noticed this blah blah blah”, what I’ve discovered is they generally are in a boot that’s too big for them so heel play is already prevalent with their daily driver. The toe to heel flex is a bit stiffer than the lateral.
Ride: This has a surfy freestyle ride to it that feels loose and playful but can give you power when you need it.
Rider in Mind: Freestyle guy with a skate background.
Personal Thoughts: These ride how you would expect with a lot of lateral play and a lack of power in the heel cup giving it a more surfy feel, but still giving you power toe to heel when it’s needed.
Comparable Bindings: Union Strata, K2 Line Up, Rome Vice