Price US $279

NOW Pilot 2017 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride

The NOW Pilot Snowboard Binding changed up a bit of the standard NOW construction to address some complaints that many riders (including us) had. Because of that it’s now a binding that we would like to have in their quiver.

 

Days: 4+
RidersJames, Peter, Jimbo, Stephen,
Boots: Burton SLX, Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD, Burton Imperial,
Boards: Jones Mountain Twin, Yes Greats, Rossignol One Magtek,

 

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NOW Pilot Snowboard Binding Review SKU UPC Model

Now Pilot bindings 15/16 (size medium)

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.


5.0 5.0 1 1 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 NOW Pilot Snowboard Binding Review

Riding Level

Intermediate - Expert

Quick Release

No

Manufactured in

China

Canted Footbed

No

Burton Channel Compatible

Yes

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

Flex

Medium

Boot Support

Medium

Turn Initiation

Medium

Buttering

Medium

Adjustability

Average

Comfort

Great

Ratchet System

Good

Shock Absorption

Excellent