Mar 08, 2016 by Wren
Ability Level: Strong Intermediate/ Fresh Advanced •
Riding Style: Aggressive All Mountain toying with freestyle •
Days You Ride A Year: 10 •
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'9" 145 lbs, Size 9 Ride Lasso boots, Size 156 YES Standard board
Coming from two sets of Cartels, one without and one with hinge tech. I tried out some NOW Selects but felt a little too locked in laterally and inhibited to move the way I wanted so I decided to give the NOW Pilots a shot. NOW definitely got things right with the Pilot bindings. It has a nice solid response that has a bit of playfulness and still reduces heel lift. Between the foot bed, skate tech and high back that perfectly cradles the boot it is by far the most comfortable and damp bindings I have tried and have eliminated the knee pain I used to have from snowboarding. They are the perfect bindings for ripping through glades, charging hard packed crud and popping off side hits. I found the ratchets easier to use than the Burton’s because of how the ladders feed clearly into the mouth while burton’s have a stupid metal clasp in the way. The ratchets are smooth enough that I don't even think about it and the ankle strap tucks behind the highback so getting in and out is easy. I ended up putting my selects hyperfuse ankle straps on the pilots and it is now my favorite bindings to date. (Looks like 2017’s have done something similar). I ride duck stance -15\15 with hard bushings on the outside and soft bushings on the inside. I found this gives a good immediate response with a smooth finish and allows the ankle to roll in slightly if it needs to giving a canting under stress. I highly recommend the NOW Pilots.