The Salomon Hologram is a huge improvement over the now discontinued Relay Series. The Salomon Holograms design is so weird that you think you won’t be supported and you are going to have a bad time. After a run you completely forget that your ankle is surrounded by rubber with a Kevlar rope and start having a lot of fun. The 2013 to 2015 Salomon Hologram bindings have the same ride and haven’t changed
Weight: Size Medium 4.2 lbs with discs and screws
Riders: James, Jimbo, Stephen, Peter, Kyle and many others. I owned a pair, Stephen owns a pair and we’d always like to have this in our quiver.
Boards: Jones Mountain Twin, Yes Greats, Rossignol One Magtek, Lib Tech Burtner Box Scratcher, Never Summer Proto, Gnu Space Case, Yes Jackpot, Salomon Sabotage, Salomon Time Machine, many other Salomon boards and I’m sure I’m missing a lot more.
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju, DC Judge, Nike Zoom Ites, Nike Lunarendore, Burton Ambush, Burton Hail and a few others.
The Salomon Hologram is a continuation from the Relay series is a unique and welcome progression. The Relay was liked by some, but others were luke warm to cold on them. The new Hologram was liked by everyone at The Good Ride and most people we have spoken don’t have much bad to say about them. So this gives you freedom of movement while still giving you some decent support. We’d say the sweet spot is more in the soft to medium flexing, easier turning freestyle to all moutnain freestyle boards. It’s also got a mellow cant to help alleviate stress on your joints.
Flex- The Hologram is very flexy and soft in the heel loop but the high back is more on the soft side of medium. It has a medium/soft torsional flex that does a good job letting you move a little more naturally with the board.
Adjustability: Salomon built the new Hologram with a tool-less system that makes for very easy adjustment. Even better a lot of the Salomon binding uses slide adjustment so all you have to do is loosen the screws and slide. It’s much easier than taking the screw all the way out and putting it back in a hole on the mountain. It drastically reduces the chance of you loosing some key piece of your binding. The only thing you need a tool for is a screw for screwing the base plate into the board. You can also perfectly dial in the high back rotation angle to the edge of the board just like you can with Burton bindings because it has a slide adjustment instead of 2 or 3 holes. The only catch is the High Back roatation is also the forward lean. Most of us at The Good Ride (especially me the editor) aren’t really into forward lean so this isn’t an issue. However if you are into forward lean then their won’t be as much high back rotation.
Comfort: The whole design of this binding is very comfortable from the way the heel loop conforms to the boot to the way the over sized ankle strap wraps around the foot. We are big fans of the over-sized ankle strap and really like it as it’s very easy on the feet. The only thing we noticed is the new ankle straps need a little time to break in before they are super comfortable. The demo models are usually broken in and comfortable when we ride them but the production models we own take about a week of riding to break them in.
Heel to Toe Response– Now you would think with the softish high back and the incredibly soft base plate would make this a nightmare for response. To our surprise this has very good edge to edge response. That Kevlar Heel loop does a good job getting the board to turn from edge to edge.
Tip to Tail Response: The binding allows the board to flex well underfoot for a butter. I’m not sure how exactly the tech works that makes this binding flex the board well tip to tail but it does. It seems that a soft heel loop would make it harder but it doesn’t. Maybe it even counter intuitively creates more leverage because you have more lateral movement than a standard binding. I’m not sure but all I know is it does a good job.
Approximate Weight- It feels pretty light but not in that very light category.
Boot Support: I think we were all surprised at how much support the Hologram provided while still providing a lot of freedom of movement. The shadow tech allows you to do have a much higher freedom of movement to support ratio than almost any other binding. Some don’t care too much about this but for those who do you will be stoked.
Ratchet System: Very good ratchet system and we all have had no issues. We wouldn’t say it’s the best out there but it’s up there in the best
Shock Absorption– The Hologram has tons of EVA padding throughout the binding and can handle a bad landing with the best of them.
All in all, this is one of those bindings where the designer took a big risk with this new tech and against all conventional binding odds it won. This is a binding we always reach for at the Demos and a binding we’d like to have in our quiver as well.