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Old 10-23-2014, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have not seen much on these so I thought I would do a review on them.

About me:
East Coast rider
Make it out to CO two times a year
I rode these bindings bolted to a 2013 Lib Tech T.Rice pro 161
I have size 12 nike kaiju boots and used the L/XL GNU Weird

I got these bindings from my local shop at the beginning of last season and rode them all year so I have a pretty good basis to review them.

The GNU Weird binding is a rear entry binding similar to Flows.

Rear entry action:
The GNU weird binding used a lever on the rear of the binding to lower the reclining highback. After the highback is reclined the ankle strap pops up on one side to make it easier to slide your boot in and out. After sliding your boot into the binding, snap the highback into place and pop the ankle strap back down and you are ready to ride.

Fitting your boots:
Fitting your boots to the bindings is very simple. The toe cap is adjusted by snaps on either side of the cap similar to flow bindings. The ankle strap is adjusted by a lever the same as any other standard binding. Just click down with the lever until its secured. After you get the ankle strap to where you want it lock the adjustment lever down by pushing the top of it until you hear a "click".

Construction:
These bindings are made from high grade plastics and have great flex. The base plate has a nice foam pad on top for comfort and to keep your boot from moving around. The best part IMO of the construction of these bindings is the cable system for the reclining highback is run through the binding in a way that the highback has no give in it when carving heel side. this makes for a very solid feel when carving up the slopes.

Build quality:
The GNU bindings have held up very well and never gave me and problems through out the entire season. I ride a lot of park here on the east coast because the trails can get a little boring after riding them every weekend, so these things have been really beaten on and the only thing that has shown some ware is the foam on highback of my back foot binding. The only reason this happened was because I would forget to put the highback in the up position and step on it as I would push to the lift. Other then that they held up very well and I will be riding them again this season.

Pros and Cons of the GNU Bindings:

Pros:
-Every easy to get in and out of
-Very light
-Awesome build quality
-Has a standard strap system so you can get your boot out the old fashioned way if need be.
-Pretty comfortable. No odd pressure points or anything like that.
-Good price point
-Being able to keep up with my skier friends coming off the lift.

Cons
-The foam on the highback gets torn up if you forget to put it up and step on it.
-You need to ride them to get the adjustment perfect but not a big deal.
-My pants sometimes get caught on the ankle strap when it pops up resulting in my falling on my ass in front of the lift(pretty embarrassing)

Over all:
Over all these are great bindings. They are comfortable and a good in between flex for bombing slopes/ park riding. It is cool being able to ride off the lift and slip you foot into the binding and be shredding with out even stopping. I personal love these compared to my old flows especially being able to take my boot out the normal way incase I hurt something and need to get out of them while sitting down. I think I pretty much covered everything. If you have any questions I will do my best to answer them. THE SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. HAPPY SHREDDING!!!

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