NOW Pilot 2017 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride
The NOW Pilot Snowboard Binding changed up a bit of the standard NOW construction to address some complaints that many riders (including us) had. Because of that, it’s now a binding that we would like to have in their quiver.
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Most comfortable binding
I currently have these, Cartels, & Malavitas and they're all outstanding, but the Pilots are the most comfortable making them my favorite. No pinch or tension spots and great response without cranking them down. I had the toe strap slipping down issue that some people have had. Flipping the toe straps cured that with zero issue since. If Now would just embroider the logo on the bottom of the toe strap as well & call them ambidextrious like the ankle strap the toe strap slipping down issue would probably go away. I love being able to fine tune the feel of the binding with stiffer or softer base pads as well. Great product!
Huge shoutout to NOW bindings for these gems. Smooth ride yet stiff enough for whatever you need. Hit the west coast on a pow day at Crystal Kountain and then rode heavy packed and groomed at Snowshoe Mountain. Talked to customer service recently as well and by far the best I’ve ever dealt with. 10/10 BUY THESE.
Now Pilot bindings 15/16 (size medium)
Coming from two sets of Cartels, one without and one with hinge tech. I tried out some NOW Selects but felt a little too locked in laterally and inhibited to move the way I wanted so I decided to give the NOW Pilots a shot. NOW definitely got things right with the Pilot bindings. It has a nice solid response that has a bit of playfulness and still reduces heel lift. Between the foot bed, skate tech and high back that perfectly cradles the boot it is by far the most comfortable and damp bindings I have tried and have eliminated the knee pain I used to have from snowboarding. They are the perfect bindings for ripping through glades, charging hard packed crud and popping off side hits. I found the ratchets easier to use than the Burton’s because of how the ladders feed clearly into the mouth while burton’s have a stupid metal clasp in the way. The ratchets are smooth enough that I don't even think about it and the ankle strap tucks behind the highback so getting in and out is easy. I ended up putting my selects hyperfuse ankle straps on the pilots and it is now my favorite bindings to date. (Looks like 2017’s have done something similar). I ride duck stance -15\15 with hard bushings on the outside and soft bushings on the inside. I found this gives a good immediate response with a smooth finish and allows the ankle to roll in slightly if it needs to giving a canting under stress. I highly recommend the NOW Pilots.