Ok, so here's my review of the Mutant after a day riding them.
I went to Loveland today and was dealing with packed powder.
The in/out quickness is just as advertised. With the ankle strap popping up it was easy to get my big @$$ boots in without much if any trouble. The only bummer with the design is the ratchet they use for "micro adjustments" is pretty cumbersome to deal with. So you're best really figuring your setting at the beginning of the day.
The key for me is finding a flat enough area to get them on. When I've got a flat area, it takes seriously 1-2 seconds to get the binding popped in. Slope however, the pressure is on to get them locked in before I slide into someone. Once I actually slid down a slight slope and landed under the the trail map sign. Dropped an F bomb then, but laughing about it tonight. I got the hang of finding good spots though. The release lever being set off to the side is sweet, no problems reaching around and popping it off or pulling it up. At the end of the run there's a big slope, and no flat spot for dismount so I couldn't come out standing; it's totally easy to pop them off even if you have to take a knee.
The one thing that's performance based that you should prepare for is the cable and heel side turns. On my other bindings, there's no give whatsoever when leaning back into the high back. With these, the cable that allows for the rear entry creates a little give. I wasn't ready for this and didn't crank my high back forward enough to compensate, so I wasn't able to get heelside as effectively as I'm used to. Got home, made the adjustments and hopefully resolved the problem. Bobthegood, did you experience this at all?
My recommendation is to spend the extra to get the Choice, Mutant, or Agro. The reason is that the release levers on the models below these are different and straight behind you and not quite as easy to release (stick more to the HB) and they're not as easy to reach because of their placement. I watched my wife with her bindings have a little trouble reaching around for the lever.
All in all, I'm looking forward to using these again. Love the quickness of getting in and out. No more sitting down for me. I'd recommend them as long as you prepared for the heelside give ahead of time.
Now. Who wants to hit Winter Park next week? I'm thinking that's my next stop on my Mutant Tour.
Last edited by pairadux; 01-30-2012 at 12:51 AM.