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.

Days:  2
RidersJames, 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.

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Price US $349

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

Board Type

Challenging - Moderate Turning

Riding Level

Intermediate - Expert

Quick Release

No

Manufactured in

Canted Footbed

No

Reduced Dead Spot

No

Burton Channel Compatible

No

Flex

Stiff

Boot Support

Medium

Turn Initiation

Med/Fast

Buttering

Medium

Adjustability

Great

Comfort

Great

Ratchet System

Great

Shock Absorption

Great

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