Binding Model: Nitro Team
Binding Size: Medium
Stance and Angles: 21.5 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boot Used: K2 Thraxis
Boot Size: 10
Board Used: Telos Mike Ranquet
Rider Weight: 200lbs
Location: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warmer temps, frozen snow, chop, chunder, ice, and perfect hero snow on the groomers.
Binding Adjustability: The heel cup is fully adjustable so you can slide it forward or backwards as needed. There’s 3 placements on the highback to rotate it as well as a forward lean tab on the back. The straps have flip cams to lengthen or shorten them. The toe strap has a dual pin position placement. Finally there’s a little bit of slide in the footpad if you need to move it forward or backwards.
Straps: The heel strap is ultra plush and a sewn together multi-piece design. This will stretch and break in over time so be aware of that. It’s also more prone to breaking down with time. The toe strap is their Uber Grip with Vibram which has a huge cut out and will grip just about any boot shape.
Ratchets: These could use a ladder feed to guide them, especially the toe strap. I found that on one or more occasion I pushed the ladder in wrong and it would stick. These do need to be rammed in a bit at first to break in the guide portion. Once it’s in they climbed and released well enough.
Highbacks: This is a little thicker but has a tad bit more give than the Team Pro version. This lets you push into it more aggressively. The forward lean tab is able to be adjusted on the fly as well.
Binding Flex: This is your standard run of the mill middle of the road all mountain flex. Nothing mind blowing here. You do get more lateral play from the mini disk but the drive into the toe and heel is predictable but can be powerful if you need to. The straps have some good rigidity so they don’t overflex, but as stated the heel one will break in over time.
Ride: The air dampening system in this binding feels less damp than the one in the Pro version but not by much. It helps deaden any kinetic energy and allow you to ride faster in variable terrain as you won’t have to try to absorb that chatter.
Rider in Mind: All mountain freestyle guy.
Personal Thoughts: I liked the highback more on this version than the Pro as it just felt better to drive into. The overall ride was very similar to the Pro one except the heel strap is a bit more bulky and feels a little more rigid on the outside of the foot towards the ratchets which makes sense as it’s just bigger.