The Salomon Quantum binding is a new addition for 2014 and a result of the popularity of the District and Hologram from last season. This is a much stiffer high back for more demanding boards where the Hologram was middle ground and the district was more on the soft to medium soft side of things.
2015 Salomon Quantum Review
The 2015 Salomon Quantum’s base plate and High Back are pretty much the same but they changed up the heel loop to make it more rigid. It changed up the ride a little bit but the biggest thing for us was it seemed like the binding has more forward lean than before. For those (like me) that don’t like forward lean this is pretty annoying and it took the magic out of the ride for all of us. Hopefully this was just a problem with the demo model we had and the production model doesn’t have so much forward lean even when it’s set all the way upright.
Riders: James, Peter
Boots: Burton Imperial, Thirty Two Crab Grab
Boards: Salomon Sick Stick
Flex: Stiff high back for sure but the heel loop, although much stiffer than the Hologram and even a little stiffer than the Defender, still flexes a bit giving you a little more tweak in your grab without effecting edge to edge response. So It’s an interesting flex that allows mobility
Adjustability: We were having serious issues with the forward lean and couldn’t seem to adjust the binding to get it upright. It has the same high back adjustability as the District, Hologram and Defender that we had no problems with but for some reason we couldn’t get the forward lean out of it and it bit hard into my medium to large size calves
Comfort: Again we couldn’t get the forward lean out so they bit hard into my calves and made me cramp up after 1 run.
Turn Initiation: Very quick edge to edge and easy to get just about any board to turn. The kevlar cable does a great job with this newer stiffer heel loop and I think response is a touch more than last year. Yeah more forward lean can give you more response but I think the added response was more from the heel loop but who knows for sure.
Buttering: I think I prefer the Hologram more for buttering and even the Defender a little better but you can get some decent butter leverage with the 2015 Quantum.
Boot Support: There is a lot of support for how soft the heel loop is compared to most stiff aggressive bindings in the Quantum’s peer group. It’s a really unique balance between tweakability in your grabs and firm support around the boot. It’s hard to explain. It’s one of those bindings you would have to ride to understand but here is an attempt at it. You feel really supported around the ankle and the boot feels locked in but you can lean your boots towards the tip and tail where most bindings wont let you do that unless the ankle strap is minimal or not cranked down.
Ratchet System: Nothing that really called out to us either way. We didn’t go hey that was super amazing but also didn’t have any problems.
Shock Absorption: On the upper end of the shock absorption spectrum and most of the heel has a good amount of shock absorbing foam. The sides have plastic sticking out. a bit and we’d like to see that trimmed in a bit but over all it’s good.
So all in all this was a review I’m not 100% behind because we couldn’t try another pair to confirm that you could fix the forward lean issue we had. It also looks like it has more forward lean in the pics we see online than the other Shadow Tech bindings. Until I find out what the deal is with the Quantum I’d only recommend it for those that always have forward lean in effect.
2014 Salomon Quantum Review
Riders: James, Peter Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju,
Boards: Jones Mountain Twin, Salomon Protocol
Flex: The high back is pretty stiff in a torsional flex or just pulling it straight back. Becaue of the Shadow tech and the rubber heel loop you get a different feel flex wise than you would. It’s got a little more torsional rotation/freedom because of this which most will like.
Adjustability:All of Salomons shadow tech bindings have exceptional adjustability. All is tool free and you only need a screw driver to get the disc on and off. You can also dial it out very well for your boot.
Comfort: Very comfortable and the binding wraps around your foot really well. Our only complaint is the Ankle straps with all the Salomon Shadow Tech bindings. I really liked this larger asymmetrical ankle strap but Peter and Jimbo weren’t 100% into them.
Heel-Toe Response: The response edge to edge for turning is very responsive but in a smooth easy way. It can power a pretty aggressive board no problem.
Tip-Tail Response: I don’t know how it works but it does very well despite the soft heel loop. It’s got some leverage and it’s not bad to butter with these bindings.
Boot Support: You would think there wouldn’t be much support here but you feel like there is good support as well as a lot of room to move. The ankle strap is bigger than the Hologram and District.
Ratchet System: Nice easy cranking ratchet system that seems pretty reliable.
Shock Absorption: There is a nice bit of EVA foam foot bed that can handle some shock.
So all in all this soft heel loop binding is counter intuitively fun and offers up a nice progressive way to ride your boards. If you are ok with the ankle strap you could have an amazing time. It’s a nice step up in terms of flex/response from the Hologram and we really like it.