Great upgrade to the old SPI
By Mr_Tidbit Ranked #5 - Bindings November 14, 2011
So let's get the basics out of the way. This is a brand new binding for 2012, yes it is replacing the SPI but it is really nothing like the SPI. The new features that make this binding so different from the SPI are:
*Infinity Tray: Complete redesign of the tray with adjustments at the front and back of tray to dial in the fit to your boot. No more moving the heelcup a notch, you have micro adjustments to really dial it in to your boots, no matter what the brand is.
*Eclipse Highback: Pigging backing off of the Stealth Highbacks that are used on the contraband & Rodeo binding this new highback is responsive, but has a nice torsional flex. This gives you great response when you really want to lay down or need to react fast to miss a tree or gaper. But there is enough play that it doesn't hinder you. You can really load up on them when you spin or as you bonk off tree stumps & boxes/rails.
*Freestyle Ankle Strap: So COMFY!! These wrap right around the instep of your boot and you don't even notice they're there. The padding and support are great and the tool less adjustment makes for quick adjustments to dial it right in and you don't even think about it again. The strap appears to be a solid piece, but it is actually milled out in the middle of the strap giving you a slight give forward on those toeside turns.
*Astroglyde Ratchets: New redesign with a lever that is much easier to release when you're getting out of the binding and a nice smooth motion as you're strapping in.
I spent the last 3 months of the season on these binders and there wasn't a snow condition that I didn't encounter with them. The last few seasons I've been on the nitrane and optimo binders, so I was a little hesitant to switch over but these bindings killed it everywhere for me.
I am an all-mountain freestyle rider... I occasionally dabble in the terrain park, but only if it hasn't snowed in a long time. I use the entire mountain as a terrain park looking for natural jibs, cutouts, jumps, etc... I loved the performance I got out of the Capo. The highback was a huge surprise as it was just as responsive as the old highbacks used on the SPI back in the day, but much more forgiving and playful when you wanted them to be. So when I wanted to load up off of a cutout to spin I could feel where I was when I took off and when I came around to land. As many of you know, having that feeling and knowing where your edges are is really important so you don't end up smacking your face. That was especially important as I spent the majority of the season on the Berzerker and that board is responsive.
When it comes down to it, if you've been on the SPI or EX in the past or you like a binding that is responsive, but forgiving and playful to ride all over the entire mountain you are going to love the CAPO.
Helpful Votes: 1 Yes
- 6061 aluminum
- Ankle Strap:
- Toe Strap:
- 3D ThinGrip
- Infinity (aluminium)
- Baseplate Padding:
- Ratchet Type:
- AstroGlyde LT
- medium (7 out of 10 on Ride scale)
- 4-hole, Burton Channel
- Recommended Use:
- all-mountain, freestyle
- Manufacturer Warranty:
- [baseplate] limited lifetime