Salomon Quantum 2014 Review by The Good Ride
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.
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.
Challenging - Moderate Turning
Intermediate - Expert
Reduced Dead Spot
Burton Channel Compatible