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Gnu B-Free 2017 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The Gnu B-Free Binding is one of the only quick release companies we are ok with. Yes, you can get better performance with traditional strap bindings but Gnu is getting their bindings to perform and feel better than most quick release/ quick strap manufacturers. If you must have a quick strap then this isn’t a bad choice.
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Flex: pretty middle ground flex that fits a wide variety of riders preferences.
Adjustability: This isn’t super easy to dial out but with a little patience you can dial out this binding to fit you well.
Comfort: The Gnu B-Free is not going to cause pressure points with most riders. Often times we have awkward moments with quick release bindings and they are hard to get comfortable. This is better than most quick release bindings.
Heel-Toe Response: The reduced contact with the board makes the Gnu B-Free transfer energy from edge to edge very well.
Tip-Tail Response: While its great edge to edge it’s not as good when it comes to flexing the board from tip to tail. Still, its bigger ankle strap and foam under the main contact points allows the board to flex rather well underfoot.
Boot Support: The ankle strap does a good job of locking in your boot. This is mainly because of the pressure relief system they created. Not only does it allow you to have relief on the chair but it also allows you (once dialed in) to create firm support around the ankle with one motion instead of micro adjusting with ratchets like you do with their quick strap competitors. Not a bad idea and it actually offers support similar to most good traditional strap bindings.
Ratchet System: Nothing to write home about but you will be mainly using the pressure relief system so it doesn’t matter too much.
Shock Absorption: There is EVA foam and Gel around the aluminum base plate
Gnu B-Free Past Reviews
AUTO OPEN TECHNOLOGY AND ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT
The B-Free binding is for all mountain and park riders who want the latest in speed entry technology and an ultra lightweight binding with ample dampening and custom fit features.
S (US W 5-7), (MP 22-24)
M (US W 7-9), (MP 24-26)
L (US W 9-10), (MP 26-27)
Binding Flex Rating: 6
NEW! FT-4 ASYM HIGHBACK
Lightweight and loose.
FULL EVA FOOTBED WITH BASE BUFFER
Dampening layer of soft EVA foam from toe to heel for consistent cushioning.
PRESSURE RELIEF BUTTON
Press manually to relax ankle strap pressure. Increased circulation keeps foot comfortable and warm.
MICRO BUCKLE 2
Classic Operation! Rider can adjust strap tension on the go. Tighten a couple of clicks for a big hit or loosen for relaxed terrain. Use to release strap for additional exit and entry space in steep terrain.
INVERTED SINGLE PANEL ANKLE STRAPS
Designed to conform to your boot with a smooth consistent fit for maximum comfort.
THIN FIT TOE STRAPS
Our low volume toe has an over-sized surface area for extra stability and control. The low volume design conforms to your boot like a second skin for a new level of lightweight and increased fit.
FT-2: ULTRA LIGHT & RESPONSIVE ALUMINUM BASEPLATE
An engineering achievement of hyper cored aerospace aluminum stamped and formed for mind reading response and unmatched light-weight. One of the lightest bindings in any category.
PLASTIC 4 HOLE DISK
Plastic disk fits 4×4 pattern. Channel compatible disk sold separately.
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Gnu B-Free User Reviews
I used to ride with Burton Lexa Bindings. I thought those were good and was apprehensive to use rear entry bindings. Now I will never go back to regular bindings. This are the best of the line!!! So fast and they adjust like a glove to your boot!