NOW O-Drive 2018 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride
The NOW O-Drive is the Drive with a little bit more mustard….in the form of lighter carbon It’s got a little more snap out of the high back and a bit more response. We found we like this binding best with the stiffest stoppers.
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Flex: Yeah this is stiff and snappy with not too much twist.
Adjustability: As said on the vid we are hoping that the production model has a high back that you can rotate and not an Allen Wrench for the high back forward lean. Turns out it doesn’t allow you to rotate it and it’s set at an unchangeable 10 degrees. There isn’t much adjustability going on here.
Comfort: The tight heel cup is hit or miss depending on your boot width and soo is the footbed, depending on your boot’s sole’s stiffness. If the boot works well with the O-Drive then it will be very comfortable but if it doesn’t you won’t want to get out of these bindings fast enough.
Turn Initiation: So with the stiffest stoppers on which make a lot of sense for a stiff binding, you get a pretty good response. This Kingpin tech that has a hinge in the middle and 4 rubber bushings at each corner generates a uniquely smooth and somewhat powerful turning experience.
Buttering: With softer stoppers in you could put these bindings on a softer board and butter but with the stiffer stoppers it doesn’t butter as well. The heel loop really locks you in so it feels awkward to butter.
Boot Support: The tight heel cup locks you in from the back and usually the ankle strap has the predominant grip. With the O-Drive you get a really locked in the boot as well as reduced heel lift which bindings usually don’t really help you accomplish. So that’s a perfect choice for someone who is constantly battling heel lift but if you have your boots dialed as we do then it can be a little uncomfortable at times. I’d rather see a wider heel cup and then an attachment you put in that narrows the heel loop for no backing.
Ratchet System: Nothing noticeable that’s bad or good. It works.
Shock Absorption: One of the best qualities of all the NOW Bindings. It’s got minimal contact with the board and rubber contact at all the corners. On top of that is a soft cushy footbed across the whole binding that makes boards you ride better at busting chunder and more damp at speed.
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