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02-03-2016 10:10 PM
kimchijajonshim I'm riding most days in Now Drives without highbacks. I find I like it a lot better. I maybe feel a touch less aggressive on heelside carves (rode highbacks for the first time this season last week when I was traveling and had to rent), but the ankle mobility and freedom is well worth it. I feel like absorb shock and bumps way better without highbacks. I tested it out end of last season, lost my highbacks over the off season, and don't really mind too much. It's a fun, different ride.

That said, I rode some Nitro Teams last week and enjoyed the more precise feel too. I'll probably switch back and forth between the two depending on conditions and how I feel.

Keep in mind Nows are specifically built to be ridden without highbacks, so can't comment on how this would work versus a DIY set up of just pulling highbacks off a Burton or something).
02-01-2016 10:11 PM
Ciscokid22
I've been on my NOW Drives with lowbacks most of the season.

I have noticed a slight loss of heel edge control when I try and lay out a real aggressive carve on that side, but I like the response and feeling better for everything else I have done- moguls, steeps, POW, park jumps, and just playing around on the mountain. I do ride in very stiff boots. The other pair of bindings I have mounted on my other board I use regularly are some Ride El Hefes, which are pretty damn stiff. I also have some Union Factory's and Burton Cartels on the shelf, I don't like those as much as the 2 sets of bindings I'm using. I don't think I would like a more conventional binding without highbacks, but I really feel like the NOWs help transmit pressure to edge better. You will always see ignorant haters saying "that looks stupid" or "go back to the 90's" but most of them haven't actually tried anything different in a decade or 2.
01-31-2016 10:27 PM
Clayton Bigsby
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If I hop on an airplane, the intend is to bring me to pow. Priorities snow wins over beach
Spoken like a true Swiss (as I am), just last night my wife and I went out to dinner with my riding buddy and his wife, after dinner we were saying good bye and I said "pray for snow", then my wife followed that with pray for sun Hawaii, I told her to have fun
01-31-2016 08:10 AM
neni
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Don't forget airplanes, to get you to the beach.
If I hop on an airplane, the intend is to bring me to pow. Priorities snow wins over beach
01-31-2016 06:58 AM
Argo
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Haha, take a map and look where Switzerland is... we can only surf with the help of sails or kites
Don't forget airplanes, to get you to the beach.
01-31-2016 06:21 AM
neni
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You need to do some surfing.
Haha, take a map and look where Switzerland is... we can only surf with the help of sails or kites
01-31-2016 02:05 AM
ridinbend
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Interesting read and makes me think that it may be a good way to refine ones technique to take them off for some time. (I'm sure that turn initiation wouldn't be a big difference for me, but I rely a lot on the highback leverage pushing through backside carves, I'm pretty sure I couldn't if you'd take 'em away....)
You need to do some surfing.
01-31-2016 01:59 AM
neni
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Originally Posted by chiburiv View Post
If you're over relying on your high backs to hold your edge then it's because you're in the wrong position. I'll never ride with high backs ever again; I have super responsive control and freedom to move where I need to be over my board. It's very unforgiving however you must be stacked over your edges all throughout your turns absolutely no counter rotating otherwise you'll have much less control. It's also hard work if you're not used to it. If you take them off and find you have less control then you're not ready yet and still trying to turn your board too far away from your edges and it shows that your edge sensitivity can still be improved.
Interesting read and makes me think that it may be a good way to refine ones technique to take them off for some time. (I'm sure that turn initiation wouldn't be a big difference for me, but I rely a lot on the highback leverage pushing through backside carves, I'm pretty sure I couldn't if you'd take 'em away....)
01-31-2016 01:51 AM
highme
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I have the low back pieces for my NOW drives and love them in powder. Once you get onto groomed stuff it's not as easy to ride but still not that difficult. Gives me way more front side slash power. No reason to hate when something enhances the sensation of pow surfing.
I grabbed some Now Selects from the Next Adventure basement for dirt cheap a few weeks ago, and they only have the low backs. Theu are missing a couple of bushings otherwise I would have mounted them to my Derby Snake. Gonna get some replacements sent my way so I can give that a go.
01-31-2016 01:28 AM
ridinbend I have the low back pieces for my NOW drives and love them in powder. Once you get onto groomed stuff it's not as easy to ride but still not that difficult. Gives me way more front side slash power. No reason to hate when something enhances the sensation of pow surfing.
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