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The Ride Contraband Snowboard Biding gives you more laps per hour.

The Ride Contraband Snowboard Biding changes everything with its Contraband Chassis System and revolutionary V-Strap, which is an integrated ankle and toe strap. The V-Strap tightens with the UltraLite Quick-Draw ratchet, so you can release and tighten the whole binding with only one-touch. Check out the sizing chart to see a quick video. This ultra-lightweight freestyle binding features Ride’s FlexLite Highback, which provides support and greater freestyle mobility. The Contraband’s LandLite footbed cushions your stomps, so you don’t get broke off before the season really gets going. Ride constructed the Contraband with heaps of adjustments, so get your fit dialed before going out for a session. Check out the sizing chart to see a video that shows you how to mount these bindings.

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3 5

Eh, theyre allright.

I dont jib, I ride. If you ride all-mountain or park you should check out stiffer bindings or ones with an actual toe strap. That is the hardest thing to get used to..Otherwise, very good binding, does what its designed to do.

4 5

Jibby with it! Great idea from Ride

Pros: V-strap is solid, will not break or snap, lightest binding ever, one ratchet is fast to get in/out. Going off kickers is solid.
Cons: Pressure point from where the V-strap comes over the top of the boot. These were the first bindings I had to make it a habit to release the tension once I was down the hill cause I couldn't feel my freakin' Big Toe. Sometimes my boot won't stay in place. I know the 09/10 model has a higher lateral piece to fix that issue.

Tust me, I've owned 4 pairs of bindings within the past 3 seasons, so I know how to dial them in. This one does take a little more time to get them just right but thats not important. Unfortunately, they don't offer a ton of support since they're made for freestyling but the range of motion is great for the park. The landlite footbed does a great job of cushioning. They are not compatible with bigger boots. I wear a size 10 Rome Libertine and bought the Large 9-11 binding. I had to maximize the binding to properly fit my boot and the V-strap is still offset to the side a little. I have no idea how they could fit a size 11.

Overall, I would recommend these only for park and not for all-mtn riding. I actually liked them pretty well and I know that Ride fixed a lot of the small issues for next years model, including a higher lateral piece to keep your foot in place and a longer v-strap to accommodate bigger boots, plus footbed wedgie tech.

5 5

Nice bindings

OK, so I admit it. I'm lazy, and it's nice to have just one strap to fasten. These bindings securely fasten my feet to my board (as well as any two-strap binding have). Yes, they did take a while to get properly adjusted (using the video that others have linked to, or that you can access from the Ride website). My boots are Burton Ions, and they almost seem too big for these bindings (size 11 boot, size 11/13 bindings). Even with the straps maxed out, I still can't get the toe strap to come directly over the front of the boot (it still comes a little from the size). Even so, the strap keeps my toe very stable. My experience is that this works fine for an all-mountain binding, but other than the easy in/out, doesn't have any real advantages over more traditional bindings.

5 5

good stuff

these are some sick bindings. I,d recommend them to anyone with a short run. they'll take some time getting used to till the straps get more flexible. other then that they"re awesome for the park!

I've never really asked the question:

I've never really asked the question:
Are men and womens bindings the same?
I'm liking the look of the Contraband Bindings. Do they come in womens, or can women wear mens bindings?

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Some companies do just "Shrink it and Pink it" when it comes to women's bindings. But there are companies, like ride, that do have different shapes in their highbacks. Ride women's highbacks are shorter, because a women's calve sits lower on the leg and tall highbacks tend to "bite" into them. They also curve their highbacks to be anatomically correct as well for the shape of the calve.

You will also find some different shapes and additional padding in the ankle straps of women's bindings. But the toe straps, trays, ratchets are all going to be the same.

My wife ride's this year's version and loves them, but Ride will have a women's version of the Contraband for 2010 if you're unsure.

5 5


These were a little tricky to get mounted because of all the adjustments, make sure that you look on youtube there are great instructions out there.After I got them mounted they were awesome, great stability! I really love the fact that you can pop them on and off very quickly.

4 5

Why only 4 stars???

Okay.. I will tell you a few down falls before the great things that are obvious. **These ONLY SHIP IN THE U.S.**1) If it gets really cold out. The band that fits over the toe "Will Snap". That sucks. I know 4 people that this has happened to up at Brighton Ski Resort in UT. FACT! (but dont worry to much on that. Ride will switch them out no questions asked. And Dogfunk will return anything if youre not 100% satisfied. 2) The Set up takes forever. Fact!! 3) On the outside of the binding is a lip that is supposed to keep your toe from twisting out. Sorry... If these are not strapped down insane tight? Than your front foot will slip over the lip. A majority of Riders that owns these has had this problem. Easy fix-make them super tight if you want to lean back for POW or Riding that tail into the lift line. Now the PROS.. The in and out of these is killer fast. Just one quick yank and KA-BLAM! Your done. Also the flex laterally is wonderful for shifting your weight over the board. Overall... Killer binding. This will become popular in the next few years with most binding companies.

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After owning these for the season, i can tell you that Sterling hit it right on the nose. These are not all mtn freeride stiff bindings if thats what you're into. these are for the park and freestyle, lightest bindings ever. Although I have a tough time believing that the band will actually break even at extreme low temps, mine never did. the setup takes some time but thats not as important as being able to adjust the binding on the fly, ex: forward lean (yes) or strap length (ankle only). and yes, i had my boot slip out past the small lip on the lateral edge a couple of times. the newest model has this issue resolved, they put a higher lip on it.

the biggest thing i would check is boot compatibility. i had the large binding that was supposed to fit 9-11 but my Rome Libertine size 10 was never able to have the front band come directly over the top middle of the boot even at its maxed out length. response was good, pressure point...not as good. clever idea, but still not as fast as rear entry flows or cinches.

4 5


The idea is clever and intuitive but might not work for everyone. Be sure to check the ride "how-to" video on youtube for set-up help

"How's the response? Can it be used as an...

"How's the response? Can it be used as an all mountain? I'm shopping for my next binding. I have a burton freestyle and would like to try out these easy in/out bindings. I'm just getting over that beginner to intermediate edge. Need to find something that will help me become a better rider."
-By richard, writen as a review instead of a question

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richard if you would have written this as a question rather than a review you would have gotten it answered 6 days sooner...anyway resopnse from these is ok, not lightning fast because it is soft and made to be flexible and forgiving...dont get too oversold on the easy in/out thing, it will only really be useful to you if you are exceedingly lazy or spend your whole day lapping the park, and i doubt you fall into either of those catagories...go for the ride RX bindings, they are cheap, responsive and can go anywhere and everywhere on the mountain
P.S. the gear doesnt make you better, you GET better

Are these bindings any good for mountain...

Are these bindings any good for mountain riding? I'm currently looking at Burton Missions and Ride Contrabands and I need help deciding between the two.


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hey alex,
these bindings are about as park oriented as bindings get, they are soft and flexy and probably will not cut it for anything bigger than the cat track between parks :-)...the missions are ok for all mountian, still a little bit soft...my reccomendation is the burton cartels, a park ruling binding that is still stiff enough for the big stuff...i love em. but out of the two you said, the missions are better for all mountian

4 5


I like the one strap design... Easy to get in and out of.... Comfortable as well

3 5


this bindings are great for the custom fit,the v strap is convenient, the faster you strap in the faster you get on with your sessh.
you don't have much to worry about with this bindings

5 5

Ride the Contraband

While the Ride Contrabands take a little more work to set up compared to most other bindings, they are definitely worth the effort. The Contrabands hold more solidly than anything else out there, have amazing response, and I'm not sure that any single human can hurt these. Drop the cash on the Ride Contrabands, watch the video on how to fit them, and shred anything that gets in your way.

5 5

comfort + ease + fit = Contraband

These bindings are great. They're totally comfortable due to the big wide ankle strap (distributes pressure, so no hot spots), and since there's only one strap to deal with, it's super fast and easy to get in and out of. Every time I get off the lift, I have to wait a good 30 seconds while people with 2 straps finish getting strapped in.
They do take a few minutes of work to get the fit dialed in and adjusted when you first get them (see video inside the sizing chart), but that time more than pays for itself through a really nice customized fit, that you never have to mess with again. (until you get new boots)

5 5

Great one strap

these bindings are great. The one strap instead of two LOVED IT. It is so much easier to get in and out of your snowboard. First you have to adjust them to your boot but once you done that you are set for a hustle free ride all season long. They are super light too, i mixed them up with the Ride DH Snowboard and I ended up with a very light combination. REALLY GOOD

5 5

How's the response? Can it be used as an all mountain?

I'm shopping for my next binding. I have a burton freestyle and would like to try out these easy in/out bindings. I'm just getting over that beginner to intermediate edge. Need to find something that will help me become a better rider.

Is it support Burton 3 hole snowboard?

Is it support Burton 3 hole snowboard?

5 5

nice binders

these bindings are super light they made my set up so light. the v strap works well and holds ur foot in well.they took for ever to set up but once u got em right there money

5 5

Just wanted to reinforce how much i like these bindings.

gonna buy a second pair. They lock the heel and toe down while still having plenty of movement front to back (nose to tail). I think the v-strap needs 1 more notch in all the adjustments though.

I ride them everywhere. park to pow.

5 5

Contraband are sickly

These bindings are superb! Its really nice only having one ratchet to deal with. I have size 11.5 boots and bought the 11-13 size contrabands, but beware cuz i bought some Salomon Maori boots AND THEY WOULD NOT FIT RIGHT!!! even with everything maxed out. So i said "f*ck the maoris and got some salomon f22 (fusion liner, much "smaller" boot - they kick ass best boots ever) and they fit like a charm. So watch your boots if you have big ass boots they might not work even with the 11-13 bindings.