The Salomon Cypher is kind of a do all binding for those that like a low profile base plate and a skate-like feel but still want a stiffer, aggressive binding like the Chief. It’s not for everyone but for some it could work. I’d call this a chief with a lesser base plate.
Flex: pretty stiff high back.
Adjustability: Salomon has pretty middle ground adjustability.
Comfort: Pretty comfortable ankle strap and the toe strap fits around most boots well without any collapse.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick edge to edge.
Buttering: Not super good here and it could use a little modern flex tech to reduce the dead spot under foot.
Boot Support: Pretty good support very similar to the Chief.
Ratchet System: Nothing special and nothing bad.
Shock Absorption: The base plate is missing the shock absorption and a little of the response that the Chief has, but it’s still up there.
The 2014 is the same as the 2013
The 2013 is the call over the 2012 thanks to the bigger asymmetrical strap that makes for a better ride. I’d like to see it be a little thinner in the middle but it’s not bad. The new toe strap has a better fit as well.