Rode my new pair of GNU Agro’s this past weekend. I’m 5’10”, 195, with Size 11’s, and past my prime. I currently own three boards, and mix ‘em up with Targa’s, Auto’s, NXT’s, and now Agro’s. All perform a bit differently, and all very well. I ride all mountain, very little park, and look for small jumps and kickers.
Out of the box, these guys felt much lighter than the Flows, lighter than the Targa’s, and heavier than the K2 Autos (all plastic composite). I hooked them up with my NS Heritage, and have ridden all these binders on this board. With an 11 boot and the XL advertised to fit 11 -14, I’m at the low end of the sizing. I ended up shortening the foot box by moving the toe straps inward to the shorter mounting holes. The heel cup adjusted easily, and the forward lean is adjusted by shortening the cable with a sleeve\screw at the bottom of the outside cable. What they don’t have - no adjustable foot bed, which means no heel plate or gas pedal adjustments. Since my boot is on the smaller side of the XL, this wasn’t an issue for me. Also, there is no foot bed canting, which is becoming a standard on higher end bindings. That said, the foot bed is cushy end to end.
I spent two days on 99% MN man made, and 1% on MN sheet ice. Morning corduroy, mid & late day crud, melting and refreezing, and patchy ice. The Agro’s performed well, did exactly what bindings are supposed to do, provided a comfortable, secure, one-with-the-board ride, with no pressure points. They feel light, and have ample dampening, and the toe strap held secure. I never got the minor toe or heel lift that I always seem to get with get with Flows.
When locked in, these binders feel like traditional two straps, which I guess is the whole idea. Getting in was a slide, click the back, click the side. No grab straps, ratchet, grab straps, ratchet, adjust & re-tighten the first strap, then double check the second. It’s not that big a deal, but I bought these for the “click click” in ; and they’re easy and fast. Releasing was one click, although you do have to push the high back far enough down to release the ankle strap, and then kick it back up to skate. I’m thinking as they get broken in, the hinges will loosen up a bit more. So, for me getting out is still faster with a traditional two strap. As a bonus, when riding a longer lift, you can push the back down, and slide your foot in under the ankle strap for a board rest.
Two days riding on the locals isn’t a lot, but so far I’m really liking the GNU’s. Nice and light, good secure hold, right amount of stiffness, and decent dampening. Good board connection, and no obvious workmanship issues or material defects. The 2 clicks in, and 1 click out is sweet. Short local hills, 1:00 minute runs, 40 – 50 times on and off in a day make these an excellent choice for my situation.
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