Free and super-easy.
For years, snowboard companies have been trying to build a board with a loose, forgiving feel and lots of edge power and control. Gnu has pulled it off with its Ladies Choice Snowboard. The Ladies Choice companion binding, the B-Free Women's Snowboard Binding, completes the loose/powerful feel with a stiff baseplate and a loose, flexible highback. The B-Free also features a reclining highback that lets you step in and go so you'll never have to plop your butt down in the snow to strap in ever again.
The B-Free starts with Gnu's FT-2 lightweight aluminum baseplate. The hyper-cored aluminum baseplate is stiff, responsive, and extremely lightweight. The cored, ergonomic FT-4 Asym Highback has a slightly loose feel, which plays perfectly off the stiff baseplate for an overall binding flex rating of 6 out of 10 on Gnu's scale. The EVA foam footbed takes the edge off big drops and flat landings. Gnu's Inverse Single Panel ankle strap and Thin Fit toe strap feature a large area to spread shock and absorb binding pressure. Gnu also added its Micro Buckles, which allow you to quickly adjust strap tension.
As with all of Gnu's bindings, the B-Free is equipped with the Easy Rider Speed Entry Binding System. The highback reclines for quick entry and exit, so you only need to adjust the straps once and then you're good to go all season. If, for some reason, you do need to make some minor adjustments, it also has a micro-adjustment buckle for on-the-fly tweaks. The auto-open lever makes entry and exit even easier by opening automatically once the highback is lowered. Finally, the binding has a pressure relief button that reduces strap tension quickly on the fly for instant comfort with no hassle.
- Mid-stiff flex (6 out of 10 on Gnu's scale)
- FT-4 mid-stiff asym highback
- FT-2 Hyper Cored lightweight aluminum baseplate
- EVA foam-cushioned baseplate
- Canted footbed
- Inverse single-panel ankle strap
- Thin Fit oversized toe strap
- Micro buckles with pressure relief button