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Jones Mercury 2019 Review by The Good Ride
The Jones Mercury takes the NOW Drive and tweaks it to their liking. It’s a very damp and shock absorbent binding that works pretty well for most mountain oriented boards. If they work with your boots and you are ok with the adjustability issues the Jones Mercury could be a good fit. Between the NOW Drive and Jones Mercury, I liked the Mercury a little bit better.
Flex: Pretty much medium stiff.
Sizing: my 8.5 Adidas Tactical ADV’s fit fine in the medium Jones Mercury’s but they are super reduced in footprint and even though they run wide the Adidas Tactical ADV’s aren’t bulky. So it’s my guess that as you get up in sizing or if you have a bulkier boot it might be snug to even cramped on that footbed. Doesn’t seem ideal for those that are in between sizes.
Boot Adjustability: Not much here to dial out your boot to your binding and that’s a big problem for those, like me, that like to dial out the binding to get the boot centered perfectly for even heel to toe turning. I can’t even rotate the highbacks. They are pre-rotated.
Stance Width Adjustability: A full-size disc is a great thing when dialing out your binding to your board. There is enough in there to get your stance width right with most boards.
Comfort: The ankle straps are super comfortable and that little notch in the high back with the Jones Mercury makes it a little more comfortable with my calves and it bites less so I like that. There are issues with the base plate when it comes to pressure on my arch with Adidas Tactical ADV boots or any boots that don’t have a super stiff rubber sole. The kingpin tech in the base make the sides a little higher and sometimes they can pressure the sides of your boots.
Boot Support: Really locks in the boot and it’s super supportive. I felt like I could take on anything with these.
Turn Initiation: Pretty responsive and smooth and even though the Apollo’s and O-Drives are stiffer these Jones Mercury’s were almost there with these. Yes, they are a shade less responsive but for the money, I felt like I could live with $100 more in my thin wallet and have a nice life with these over the Apollos or O-Drives. Also, there was considerably less calf bite so I felt more comfortable to really get into a turn compared to the stiffer models. I felt like they were almost there with my Union Atlas which are pretty responsive bindings and are on the low side of med/fast response where the Apollos and O-Drives were more in the middle of med/fast turners.
Buttering: With softer stoppers, the Jones Mercury could butter a little easier but still the kingpin tech seems to make the board underfoot ride stiffer. That’s great for those that like speed but not for those that like to butter.
Ratchet System: You don’t even notice it one way or the other which is fine with me. Doesn’t stand out one way or the other and just works. I never had one come loose or not ratchet properly.
Shock Absorption: Some of the best in the business with the rubber stoppers and super soft EVA foam on the footbed. These Jones Mercury’s really make a board better in uneven terrain.
So other than the adjustability issues and problems with the minimal rubber on my Tactical ADV’s I felt the Jones Mercury’s were a nice take on the NOW Drives and of the two I prefer these.
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