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Old 01-26-2014, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Salomon Quantum:

First impressions, not a full review.
(I rode these with a Capita NAS, Signal OG, YES Big City)

Rode my new Quantums today. They are exactly the "fix" for people finding the Holograms not stiff enough laterally or in the high back.

The entire binding is stiffer over all and where my Holograms started to cave on hard carves or the pipe wall the Quantums hold up just fine. You still get that feeling of being able to ride with your feet, it's just a little less fun for lack of a better word. The trade off is you can blast the pipe with them, hit bigger jumps etc.and really ride all mountain. I prefer them over my reflex Malavitas.

But I must say the Holograms are more fun if you are someone that doesn't need the performance of the Quantum like a park dude who isn't hitting booters or riding pipe much.

The straps on the Quantum are noticeably stiffer, I think I might try swapping them with the Holograms for fun. Also the toe strap is different and I prefer the one on the Hologram to the webbing on the Quantum. Also the highbacks don't seem as well designed to fit the binding as on the Hologram. Forward lean is wonky, so I rode without it. It seems the Hologram is a more cohesive product design from inception, but the Quantum gets it done.

Overall a good binding and fills in the gaps between the Hologram and traditional bindings like the reflex Genesis or Malavita.
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice, but it sounds like maybe you should leave the base and ankle strap and swap everything else with the holograms and see how that rides. Making it a quantogram or something like that. Would you say it is not enough for a true all mtn binder or more then enough?
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes I think it does the job for an All Mountain binding. But it's very similar to the Genesis, just more surfy and controllable with the feet. If you are one of those all mountain riders that likes to hammer your highbacks it might not suit you, but then neither would the Genesis.
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ahh that is good to know about the highbacks but I have stiff boots so that helps be get a little more out of softer highbacks. Maybe it needs the cypher highback to really make it all mtn.
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Unfortunately the highback doesn't fit into the equation the same way it would with a conventional binding. You can feel the binding respond from the heel loop before you even get to the highback. And in the Quantum it's noticeable whereas I never noticed that in the Hologram. I don't rotate the highback in the Quantum so that its constantly in contact with the heel loop. This helps minimize any hiccups between the two. I wish the highback was a little more nuanced like it is in the Genesis.
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I'm more interested in your comparison between the OG and and NAS...
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The 2014 NAS and the 2012 Signal OG seem like they might be very similar on paper but they are noticeably different rides. I like them both a lot, they are two of the poppiest cambered boards I have ridden. Noticeably more pop than a Burton Aftermath or Custom.

The most noticeable difference between the two is how they carve, the sidecut and edges etc. The OG is a little looser and more playful than the NAS. It's more park friendly and has a really great pop to it. The NAS feels more all mountain and feels a little more locked in. It has a smoother pop and likes to track straight. It's not as fun to carve with but its so easy to ride in the pipe. The OG is damn good in the pipe too though.

I find myself leaning towards the OG for more fun park riding, spinning jumps, riding around etc. The NAS has been real stable and good in the pipe in this ice cold weather and it does lend itself to bombing at high speed and lapping booters.

I have a YES Asym coming Wednesday that will be interesting.

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I'm actually trying to decide between the hologram and quantum right now.

I worried that the quantum is so stiff that it negates the effect of the shadowfit. Does it still flex tip to tail pretty well?

I've never tried any of the shadowfits. How does ollieing with the hologram feel compared to the quantum?

I have a pretty stiff boot (K2 thraxis) and I ride the park pickle. Do you think a stiff boot would cause the hologram to cave in more easily because it would put more leverage pressure on the heel loop?
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I'm actually trying to decide between the hologram and quantum right now.

I worried that the quantum is so stiff that it negates the effect of the shadowfit. Does it still flex tip to tail pretty well?

I've never tried any of the shadowfits. How does ollieing with the hologram feel compared to the quantum?

I have a pretty stiff boot (K2 thraxis) and I ride the park pickle. Do you think a stiff boot would cause the hologram to cave in more easily because it would put more leverage pressure on the heel loop?
similarly curious.

As a skater, interested in the shadowfit concept very much, but have been burned in the past with "new" tech.

new tech that was bullshit for me:

ride contrabands
k2 auto
BOA

color me jaded.
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:57 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm leaning a bit more towards the Holograms now after see clips of these guys going pretty big with them on.

Flat Out Camber on Vimeo
Salomon Presents | Five Ways To Slay on Vimeo (33 seconds in)

Although maybe referencing pro's isn't such a good idea. I've seen videos of pro's going pretty huge on very soft boards too.

I'm basically looking for stiff bindings that have some sort of aide in flexing tip to tail. I'm narrowed down to Quantums, holograms, or Diodes so far. Another choice is contact pro's which is supposedly a soft binding but yet Gigi's up in Alaska with these things.

My currrent bindings just broke so i need something fast but i wanna choose wisely too cause i tend to keep bindings and boots for a long time.
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