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Bent Metal Upshot 2019 Review by The Good Ride
The Bent Metal Upshot takes a binding that offers up pretty good flex underfoot, different base plate options for response and an ankle strap that seems to be more supportive and comfortable than the men’s versions. Steph liked the 2019 Bent Metal Upshot model better than the 2018 model because of the improved ankle strap but she still thinks the older model is still pretty good too.
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2018 Bent Metal Upshot Binding Review
Days: A few runs at demo days
Boots: Nike Zoom Force 1
Boards: GNU Hyper Karve, GNU Ladies Choice
Highback Flex: On the soft side of medium, definitely butterable and tweakable.
Boot Adjustability: Easy to adjust, love the high back adjustment where you just turn the nob and you have all your different settings ready for you. Comes with a soft drive plate, but you can switch it out with other more aggressive ones if you want. Toolless adjustability on the straps as well.
Stance Width Adjustability: Great
Comfort: Found them to be really comfortable and smooth riding, the toe straps and the ankle straps worked great with no pinching even though there’s no extra padding on there.
Boot Support: Great freestyle type support from the ankle strap the way it fits with your boot, and it is super lightweight. My boot fit well in the heel cup as well. Sometimes bindings are too tight or there’s too much room, the Upshot was somewhere between those two extremes.
Turn Initiation: I found the Upshots to have a good response for a more flexible binding and were fun to turn on.
Buttering: Easy and comfortable to butter and play around with the flexy high back.
Ratchet System: Rachets all work fluid and quick, no issues here.
Shock Absorption: Pretty smooth ride, there’s not much dampening in the footbed but wasn’t bad.
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