Feel good as you get all Agro on everyone's shit.
They now make eco-friendlier hybrid cars that can really rip when you open up the throttle; in the same spirit, Gnu presents a high-performance binding that features earth-friendly components. The Men's Agro Snowboard Binding's FT3 highback includes bio-renewable polymers that are derived from non-food stock plants; its other composite components are recyclable, too. Which is sweet, but what will really sell you on the Agro is its top-shelf performance and ultra-convenient Fastec entry system.
- Fastec entry system uses a cable and quick-flip lever so you slip in (and out) and lock down (and unlock) quickly and even on the fly
- s-LAB ultra-lightweight aluminum baseplate resists damage no matter how heroically you shred, and is recyclable
- Asym FT3 Highback is crafted with bio-renewable polymers and features a lateral adjust mechanism to help you maximize the pressure on your heelside edge
- Tool-less micro forward lean adjustment mechanism lets you fine-tune your fit with maximum precision
- Auto release button makes it easy to step in and out of binding without fully releasing the strap; it also releases tension of the Comprex ankle strap when you're in line and on the lift
- Comprex wrap toe strap cups the toe of your boot and pulls it back in the binding for maximum response
- Full EVA footbed and TPU shock pads absorb vibration and landings in the flats
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Great Performance, Horrible Quality Materials
For the previous reviewer, I think if you got a smaller size binding (medium) you would'n't have any of the toe strap problems. I wear a 12 boot and I have last years model (identical) and they fit pretty darn good. Angled or straight would not be an issue if the bindings actually fits your boot.
The clip is soft but I think that little give it has keeps it from snapping under duress (but it does make me nervous for $300).
I got these bindings only because: they are very light, they are step in, and I have a GNU Rider's Choic. When I got it in the mail I thought they accidentally sent me only one. They are smaller in size (compared to my old Burton Customs) and the highback is not that tall. Make sure you have a boot with good heel support, unless you ride park.
For the cost of these binding, I think you can get more for your money with another brand. After 5 days of riding, the design on my toe straps started to peel away and the threads connecting these designs to the leather straps started breaking on both straps. The design is still intact (except for the huge chunk missing on both toes from contact with snow). Underneath the design is just the plain black leather which IS durable.
These bindings are not very stiff (5 out of 10). They are easily adjustable. They step in works well. FOR THE GUYS WHO LIKE THERE BINDINGS REAL TIGHT, THIS BINDING WILL NOT HOLD THAT TIGHTNESS. It will pop loose to a level of pressure it can handle, not good for aggressive riders.
I have a really soft boot (BURTON MOTO) and I'm in the process of getting the BUTON RULERS and many of my problem came from trying to compensate lack of a supportive boot. Cranking the bindings tighter really didn't make a difference in response. It really wasn't necessarily. I just thought that since I put so much money into it that it wouldn't have those limitations.
All summed up. I didn't really noticed the lightness of it compared to riding in a heavier binding. The exterior fabric (for lack of a better word) used for design, could not handle the elements (3 days in and deterioration). The bindings are really hard sometimes to get in to if you have the binding set up to be snug and almost impossible to get into if you are sitting. But you can still do it the old fashion way, but it's a step-in, I shouldn't want to go backwards. Other than that, they performed well and when I was riding, I didn't notice any flaws.
I was looking forward to using these. They have a lot of very good features. One problem though; I found the toe strap to be useless. I wear a pair of 9.5 Salomon Malamutes. Width wise the Malamutes fit snugly into the binding (size large), however, the toe strap would not hold my toe down no matter how tight I tightened the straps.... before putting my foot in (no ratchet, both sides have compression levers). I'm not sure why they used angled plastic straps. Straight ones would work perfectly and would be even better with a ratchet on one side.
Another issue is the highback lever. It's aluminum, the flexible clip that it locks into is soft plastic. I'm not sure if these were already returned once, but after mounting these to my board and having made a few forward lean adjustments the clip was beginning to wearing down. Not good, I hadn't even used them. Hard plastics or metal would be best for the clip.
If someone were to do a little modification to a gettagrip capstrap I'm sure these would be much more functional. For $300 I don't want to have to do a modification.
If these issues get fixed, I'ld definitely try these again. I'm not going to hold my breath.
I'll stick my flow nxt-fse's.