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Jones Apollo 2019 Review by The Good Ride
The Jones Apollo takes the NOW O-Drive bindings and gives it a Jones twist to the design. It’s a very stiff, super damp at speed, super shock absorbent binding that has med/fast response. If you can get past the limited adjustability and your boot works with the footbed the Apollo can be a really good binding.
These were also compared against the NOW Recon and Union Atlas on the YES Greats. I only used the stiff stoppers.
Flex: Very stiff and just like the NOW O-Drive
Sizing: The size Medium fit my 8.5 Adidas Tactical ADV with true size 9 feet inside well enough. Not sure how they will hold up with boots on the border of medium or large.
Boot Adjustability: Like NOW bindings, there are minimal ways to dial out your boot size to the Jones Apollo and that’s a bit of a bummer. If you are a plug n play type of rider you will like them but if you are like me and want to center your boot perfectly in the binding so heel/toe response is symmetrical then there aren’t many options.
Stance Width Adjustability: A full-size disc is great for stance width adjustability and the Jones Apollo has one but it doesn’t have as much of a channel in the screws as some bindings I’ve seen. Still, it’s more than most mini-discs and helps you get your stance right.
Comfort: Pretty comfortable for me and the ankle straps caused no pressure points. Actually, they were excellent but there are little things with this kingpin design tech in the base that can cause issues for some. The sides of the base sit up higher and can rub against bigger bulkier boots. Also, under the foam, there is a solid plastic bridge right before the toe ramp that can cause stress on the arch of the foot if you have boots that don’t have a really strong, thick ubiquitous rubber sole across the bottom of your boot. I could feel a little strain with my Adidas Tactical ADV’s after a full day riding but the more you place the toe strap towards the snow the less you feel it.
Boot Support: Great boot support and I felt very locked in and secure with the Jones Apollo.
Turn Initiation: Pretty fast but not the fastest bindings when it comes to a quick edge to edge transitioning when turning. I’ve done extensive apples to apples testing with other bindings from Union, Burton, and many others to find these just med/fast instead of fast like they are marketed. They are the fastest in the line and are more than most riders need though but I love the smooth response edge to edge and it seems like the Jones Apollo’s response doesn’t change as boards gets more demanding when turning edge to edge.
Buttering: Not super easy to butter and it felt like it made the YES Greats a little stiffer than it was with the Union Atlas.
Ratchet System: Pretty good. Not terrible or amazing. It just worked.
Shock Absorption: This is one of the shining areas of the Jones Apollo. With the rubber stoppers on the bottom and the thick soft EVA foam bottom, the binding felt like it could hammer through just about anything. That combined with my Adidas Tactical ADV’s made it one super cush ride.
So all in all, like many NOW bindings, the Jones Apollo can be hit or miss depending on your boot size/design and ajustability needs but one thing stands clear it’s a pretty responsive super damp ride that could make some super happy.
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