Im in the market for some new bindings. My Ride contrabands are falling apart, but one thing I love about the contrabands are the fact that there is no toe ramp and it feels like the padding separating my feet from the board is minimal enough to make me feel like I am actually standing on my board. Does anyone else know what I mean? Any suggestions for the most "skate" feel bindings that have minimum stuff between the board and the bindings?
I had the Contrabands. You will love the Salomon Holograms. I ride the Now Selects but they aren't as surfy and slashy as the Holograms. The Holograms are the ultimate for that feel. I prefer something less free and flexible. The Nows have more rigidity in comparison. The Holograms also feel like you are standing on the deck.
While I'm yet to even ride NOW's, wouldn't the fact that they run with a separate plate that runs on the pivoting hinge, make it probably one of the least bindings to have skate like "Board Feel"?????
I think the op was after a feel similar to someone that chooses a basic vulcanised sole on their skate shoes, so they can "feel" the deck of the board?????
I could be wrong though, as I'm known for that!!!!!
The NOW hinged baseplate is designed to work similarly to the trucks on a skateboard. You get a lot more input from your ankles on NOWs than you do other traditional bindings. Highbackless NOWs on a pow day... fuck yeah!!!
To me, that's where NOW shines. On a groomer day, you need your highbacks or your shin muscles will be screaming keeping your heel edge engaged if running without highbacks. With highbacks, they feel fairly similar to any other binding. You can feel the ankle flex on the toe edge, but you lose it on the heel edge. On hardpack, it's tough to keep the heel edge engaged if you're running without the highbacks. Way more work than it's worth. Gotta have the highbacks for hardpack. For me, my NOW IPOs are highbackless pow surfers.
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