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tonicusa 01-21-2014 03:49 PM

NOW Bindings Flex Rating
Hey shreds. Can any of you NOW binding riders give me some sense of lateral flex on those binders? I recently tried some Salomon Holograms that let you really roll your back ankle and the pop they gave my cambered deck was ridiculous. However they folded up in the pipe on me.

Is that aluminum in the frame? Are they fairly rigid? I'm looking for something with some lateral flex like a Cartel.

ksup3erb 01-21-2014 03:59 PM

I have last years IPOs. All plastic. Flex is average I'd say.

The construction of these is fairly bulky and they're heavy. I don't use them for much more than all mountain.

Edit: their design improves torsional flex but not much on lateral. The high back doesn't do much and doesn't give you that extra leverage laterally. My two cents.

tonicusa 01-21-2014 04:01 PM

Thank you, I think I need to look in another direction for a light, responsive binding with above average flex that will still hold up well in the pipe.

ksup3erb 01-21-2014 04:10 PM

I like this years Vita's, though admittedly I don't ride pipe. But nice pop and above avg. flex all around.

tonicusa 01-21-2014 04:16 PM

Yeah I was just looking at those in a local shop. That little "wing" action kind of sketches me out. I wonder if it gets in the way?

ksup3erb 01-21-2014 04:17 PM

The wing only comes on the black color way I think. I have it in red and it looks like a normal high back.

NZRide 01-21-2014 04:20 PM

Isn't the wing just on the blue Vitas? If you get the black ones they come without the wing?

nsrider121 01-21-2014 04:21 PM

Maybe look at the Flux DS? Just throwing it out there.

ksup3erb 01-21-2014 04:24 PM


Originally Posted by NZRide (Post 1457273)
Isn't the wing just on the blue Vitas? If you get the black ones they come without the wing?

I stand corrected. The wing is on the blue version only.

readimag 01-21-2014 04:33 PM

I have the NOW ipo’s , holograms and switchbacks I would say the swichbacks are maybe what you are looking for. I have the winged highbacks and would say they have good flex but not as much as the holograms. I know what you mean about them folding under a good amount of load like steeps. The good thing about the switchbacks is they can ride with no back and you get that hologram feel, but you can put the highback right back in after one run in 10 seconds. Now I love my ipo’s and they did work great on my blacklist in the pipe but they work I think better on my heritage just moving down the mtn. If you were near me I would let you try them out as see what you like better.

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