Everyone who hates on these bindings obviously don't have them, don't care about actually setting them up, or are the kind of people who snowboard cause it's the "cool" and "trendy" thing to do. If you care about performance and actual product, there is no way you could blindly say these things suck. If they aren't for you and your style, that is one thing. But they work great for what they are
I just rode yesterday and I was amazed at how POORLY most people have their bindings/boards setup. Yeah, the Contrabands take a little while to setup, but if you aren't 10, you should have the patience and skills needed. Maybe its just me, and the way that I spend my time, but the extra time setting these up might be worth it.
I said "might", even though I love these bindings. Why?
-Fast, fast, fast!
-Light, light, light!
-Flex and no flex.
-SUPER thin base, feels like you are standing right on the board.
-Poor setup causes major problems.
If you stomp huge jumps, ride back country all day, or can't stand flexy bindings, I wouldn't reccomend these.
If you ride the park, jib, and/or ride street these bindings are awesome. I mostly jib, but I have ridden these in fresh 3ft pow in untouched back country and had no complaints. I don't do big airs a million feet in the air (I'm an old man... 25!), so take that how you will. I'll do big drops in the back country but I don't hit icy/packed groomed kickers in the park, etc.
For jibbing, these bindings are amazing. They are SO light, the are really responsive toe/heel side, but offer some flex nose/tail side. It is great. I had a complaint at first because I felt like they were too tight on the main strap and not tight enough on the toes, and with a 2-strap binding you can loosen 1 or both straps as you see fit. This was solved by me going in a changing the setup on the bindings a little bit. I messed with the heel cup, strap width and length, and eventually got it setup now where I think it is perfect. The lack of "on-the-fly" adjustability also leads to one of this binding's greatest strengths. You ever get a set up right one run and then feel weird as soon as you buckle in for the next run? No more. These are consistent every time (duh).
The biggest strengths of these bindings are the lightness, the super thin (but padded) base plate that makes it feel like you are on a skateboard, and the ease of use once you have them setup correctly.
For the girl complaining about her bf's 32 Lashed in size 12... there should be no problems as long as you have the bindings in size L. I have old ass DC Serum IIs in size 12 from (2001?) and I got them to fit just fine. I've compared my boots to the Lashed, and the Lashed are LEAPS AND BOUNDS better/more compact.
Here is a pic of the bindings and boots on my street board (some old spraypainted K2 144). With the proper setup, even old ass boots will fit fine in these things. Ideal? No. Possible? Yes.
But here is the match made in heaven:
Jibstick + Contraband = All the flex and control you could ever want, in a combo that is light as a feather.