2009 Forum Arena Bindings Review
Wow, what can I say about these bindings. I am very surprised that there are very few reviews on this forum for Forum bindings. People too preoccupied with Rome, Union, and Burton? Possibly. But while most park rats look for a flexy 390, I personally prefer a more responsive binding for complete control and sticking those landings. Granted, I'm not much of a rail junky.
These bindings are light, fairly stiff but comfy in all the right places, and are fully customizable. If you take the time to set them up properly (heelcup adjustment, strap lengths, gas pedal, forward lean, higback rotation), they are the most comfortable binding you will ever sink your boot in. Super cushy heel strap, and gel padded base make it feel like you are landing on cumulus clouds. But this super soft cushy side of the Arena does NOT take away from its supreme responsiveness.
Granted, the stiffness of the asymmetrical high back makes it a chore to rotate within the heelcup if your stance angles are >15 degrees and you like the highback to be parallel to your edges. However, the high back is somewhat padded and formed to the shape of each calf muscle as not to cause much discomfort. It should also be noted the quality of hardware is something I've never encountered. The damn screws feel like they slide in and out of their holes (sexy!) with little to no effort. And no they are not greased.
All in all, whether or not you are a park rat or a freeriding maniac, if you're looking for a more responsive binding that defines comfort and quality, I would highly recommend the Arenas. By far the most comfortable binding I've ever ridden that gives me the most sense of control without the feeling that you are strapped to two cinder blocks. They sure aint no 390 (which, depending on your preference, could be a good thing), but there is enough tip-to-tail freedom for jibbing, and air tweaks if that's what you are into. But with or without the tweak, landings don't get much softer.
- highly responsive
- super comfortable
- high quality materials
- fully customizable (with some limitations, see below)
- highback rotation limited due to stiffness of highback
Last edited by jardo56; 03-22-2009 at 08:52 PM.