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I demoed the NOW bindings for a weekend at the end of the last season at the recommendation of a local shop tech. I was skeptical, but figured I'd give it a try.

Other than feeling more of the flex of the board, I really didn't notice much difference between traditional bindings and the NOW bindings, especially in turn initiation. That is not to say it isn't there. What I did notice that for the first time all season I wasn't suffering from foot pain and my legs were not tired at the end of the day. I had spent all season trying to find the right boot/binding/insole combination to make the foot cramps tolerable. My boots (size 10 reduced footprint in several brands) fit the heel cup perfectly. Surprisingly I liked how few adjustments the bindings have. By the end of the weekend, I seriously considered telling the shop that my board was stolen, because I didn't want to return a part of the only boot/binding/insole that allowed me to ride without foot pain.

I picked up my pair for this season from the local shop yesterday. Build quality is nice. The buckles seem to be much improved from the demo model.
 

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Slightly on/off topic.

How does the Now binding compare to something like the Burton Genesis ?

Also where did all the stiff freeride bindings go?
 

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Slightly on/off topic.

How does the Now binding compare to something like the Burton Genesis ?

Also where did all the stiff freeride bindings go?
Flow NX2-RS, Burton Diode, Ride El Hefe, K2 Company, Flux DMCC, Raiden Machine... what do you mean where'd they go?
 

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Question for those who have demoed these bindings.

It seems with this design, highbacks are not as important to generate heel pressure anymore. I am correct to assume going highback less is the best way to ride with these?
 

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Read every review written, watched all the videos I could find, and now I'm pretty much set on picking up a pair of these. Really just a matter of deciding which color and whether to put them on my Gnu Rider's Choice PTX or NS Cobra...
 

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Read every review written, watched all the videos I could find, and now I'm pretty much set on picking up a pair of these. Really just a matter of deciding which color and whether to put them on my Gnu Rider's Choice PTX or NS Cobra...
They dropped their price. No wonder, why would anyone buy it at $20 less than retail
 

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When they go down to $200, I'll think about buying them to test them out. Not a knock against the company but it's hard to spend that on new bindings before the proliferation of feedback sets in from this year's continued use.
 

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When they go down to $200, I'll think about buying them to test them out. Not a knock against the company but it's hard to spend that on new bindings before the proliferation of feedback sets in from this year's continued use.
True, especially when you have great options across the price range from Flux, Union, Rome, Ride, etc... Guess we shall see...I'm intrigued. Could be like original BTX/rocker that I hated, or could be like MTX/RC/C2BTX that I loved from the get-go.
 

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I've yet to see a bad review. BA liked them, a few on here have liked them, even those crazies over at EL have a review up (someone tried them) and liked them.

My only concern is durability, as I know they've tested them, but will they hold up over a full season in production form.

I'm itching between getting a pair, or Burton Cartels, or sticking with my K2 Uprises which don't fit my boot well.
 

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I've yet to see a bad review. BA liked them, a few on here have liked them, even those crazies over at EL have a review up (someone tried them) and liked them.

My only concern is durability, as I know they've tested them, but will they hold up over a full season in production form.

I'm itching between getting a pair, or Burton Cartels, or sticking with my K2 Uprises which don't fit my boot well.
I'm curious about this as well.

I'm a lifelong skateboarder and snowboarder, so the idea of a binding that creates a more skate-like feel definitely sounds cool.

But, on the other hand, I'm coming from a set of Ride bindings where the rachet buckle cracked on me, and these look like the buckle releases are plastic, and the frame is a one-piece unit that also looks like plastic (as opposed to bindings with a metal heel cup).

Also, the EVA-rubber base on the binding looks like it is attached at the toe and that's it - I put my boards on a roof rack on my car, generally upside down so the wind is deflected, and wouldn't like the EVA pad flapping out of my binding, potentially buffeted by the wind. Anyone know if it is secured?

I suppose some of these details - I'd expect more from a $220-$240 binding.
 
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