Blended to perfection.
Combining a stiff baseplate with a slightly softer-flexing highback for a slightly playful feel and the power to carve hard in hardpack, the Gnu Psych Snowboard Binding lets you crush the entire mountain without making you feel like you're wearing ski boots.
The Psych 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 7 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 Psych 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 (7 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
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Well made but flawed design
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I purchased these for my son as a Christmas gift. He has been riding for a couple of years. I thought it might make it easier for him and faster. I ski and he snowboards and I thought I might benefit by not waiting as much. If you sit on your but to get into these it's nearly impossible to get your foot in as the back will not go down far enough. The front is designed to cup the boot toe which is great until you can't get the back down far enough and the boot will not line up with the toe strap. Once you get by the toe and the back is locked in place you then have to shut the auto open lever. This lever ends up being to the inside and the lever it'self is short. Short means you don't have much leverage on it. These bindings would be great if my son's balance was better and he could just step into them. I'm sure they are designed for that style, I just didn't know exclusively. Like I said they are well made. They are light weight. I just think for a snowboarder who wants to get into them in a traditional way it's not the best. My son fought them all day. He is going back to his old bindings.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These bindings work great contrary to my 1 star review IF you can find a boot compatible with them. I have a pair of 5 year old DC judge boa boots that work great in them until you try to take them out of the bindings. Theres a lip on the back of the boot that hangs up on the high-back so as a result I was stuck in them for sometimes more than 10 minutes holding up a chair lift line. So I figured after 5 years and the DC's starting to fall apart I went and ordered some Nike Zoom Force 1 Boas and decided to try them out with the bindings. So I went to the hill only to find that the toe is to narrow for the hard plastic toe cap on the bindings so I couldn't get it to fit snugly at all. The boots do however work in my old Burton P1.1 bindings so I sent these back and exchanged them for Burton Cartels. Ill make sure to review them after I use them for a while