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Gear Review

3 5

Wanted to love them......but......

I really wanted to love these bindings, and I'd heard great things from 2 friends who have them, so I was excited to try them out. -----but----- I'm finding the Cinch to be useless and the overall binding not high quality. I've found that it's almost impossible to flip up the back when I have the straps as snug as I like them. They kinda work if I loosen the bindings before flipping the back down, but the point was to not have to adjust. Plus, you need a really flat surface to strap in on or else you're trying to balance and point your foot into the binding while sliding down the mountain. Too hard! If you decide to sit down you can't strap in at all without flipping the back up and then unbuckling the straps. Additionally, the buckles are too tight/stiff, so they're really tough to release if you want to just use them as a normal binding. However, as a disclaimer to this: my boots might be a smidge too big for the size of bindings. Also my boots are slightly too big for my feet and I like a really snug fit to my board so I crank down the bindings pretty tight.
On the upside, once they're on, they're great to ride. I just wish I'd gotten a really good standard binding instead of trying out the new technology. I'll probably sell them at the end of the season and get some new ones before next winter.