I agree. I just accepted the lack of adjustability and tweakability for that one advantage but it hasn't stopped me from wishing for a design update that solves those issues. Hopefully, we will get a Nidecker/Now hybrid that fuses the best attributes of both brands.My two cents: I find it is noticeable that more power can be put to the edges with less strain on the feet, which is nice. However, the heelcup is very high, as are the sides of the baseplate so they are not good for tweaking airs or generally moving around on top of the board, which is not so nice. Also no highback rotation on bindings that are basically designed for turning seems crazy to me. If you ride a positive angle on the back foot (like Jeremy Jones does) then the high back is pre-rotated 10-15 degrees in the wrong direction. I would like skate-tech or something similar but on a totally different binding than Now or Jones are offering.
Now that I think about it the best would be to use two left highbacks (for a regular-footed rider). By which I mean get a left binding highback and put it on the right binding.Sidenote: if the highbacks get in the way too much, try their no-back thingies. They are great for high angles and at those angles, I didn't mind going no-back thanks to those lofty heelcups. However, the transition in feel from highbacks to no-backs is a bit night-and-day and I wish there were something in between. Also heard of swapping the left and right highbacks although I haven't tried it myself.
I agree that the skate-tech is even more noticeable on wider boards (relative to foot size). I was riding various Koruas with Now Pilots then went back to Rome Katanas and immediately ate shit as I put the usual pressure on the highback to start a turn and nothing happened. It felt like I had no highback at all. Of course I got used to it after a few runs but it was a clear example for me that the Now bindings put more energy to the edge of the board than a standard binding. I think it's also a matter of riding style and body type. I'm not very strong or heavy so rely more on ankle movement and foot pressure to turn the board than a rider who can use leg strength and/or body weight to do it.Wearing small-ish boots (US 8), on boards that are getting increasingly wider as the current trend goes, skate tech bindings outperformed every other make of stiffer strap bindings in my quiver in responsiveness - Burtons, Unions, Romes, Fluxes. The most noticeable comparison was probably between Drives and est Genesis Xs on a wide est board (Pow Wrench). The difference in edge-to-edge response was almost laughable.
I do think the advantage of skate tech most benefits a user case like mine - small feet (~ < 8/260mm) on wide boards (~ > 260mm w/w). YMMV.
Did you notice a lot of differences between the H2 and H3 hangars?I’m selling them just because lately I got the Apollos 2022 and the slightly upgraded Drives 2022 as I suppose I will ride the Skate tech 90 % of the time from now on.
Skate tech + Auxtech or Exoframe/cush straps + Pivot mount + Duracush footbed... Do it Nidecker!Nidecker, give me the Skate tech with the Pivot mount from Rome and I can have one pair of bindings.
The H3 is 1-2 mm higher heelcup and a little wider and longer distance betwee the bushings. It is visible but honestly I haven’t noticed a difference between the hangers mixing different parts from my Drives 2020, Apollo 2022 and my friend’s Mercury 2022.Did you notice a lot of differences between the H2 and H3 hangars?
I've been wondering about this too. Specifically if the wider H3 footbed with the lowered side allows for more lateral movement than the H2. The lack of mobility issue must surely have been raised when getting feedback from their sponsored riders.Did you notice a lot of differences between the H2 and H3 hangars?
Thanks. I have a set of Select Pros with H3 but didn't get to use them due to an injury. Thinking about selling them and getting Drives again. My '17 Drives are updated with newer parts all around and are my all-time favorites. A new pair would mean I won't have to mount/dismount so often.The H3 is 1-2 mm higher heelcup and a little wider and longer distance betwee the bushings. It is visible but honestly I haven’t noticed a difference between the hangers mixing different parts from my Drives 2020, Apollo 2022 and my friend’s Mercury 2022.
I'm inclined to agree but fingers crossed anyway. 🤞🤞Agreed, except you make it clear to them why they shouldn`t make it, from a turnover point of view