The Salomon Boss is a another binding that has a similar set up to the all mountain style of the Cypher but has a much softer beginner flex.
Flex: Borderline medium flex.
Adjustability: Missing that good adjustabilty in the straps. It’s not loosen the screw, slide and then screw back tight. You have to take the screws all the way out. It’s got a little bit of tech to size the binding too the boot but not as much as most.
Comfort: It’s comfortable for its price range. The ankle strap and toe strap fit around the boot well without causing pressure points for most riders.
Turn Initiation: has decent response but it’s nothing special.
Buttering: Kind of dead underfoot. You will need a softer board with this base plate to butter well.
Boot Support: gives you a lot of freedom of movement which is good for the park
Ratchet System: Lower end ratchet system but at least it works. Would much rather have the Defender’s ratchet’s on.
Shock Absorption: The base plate is hollow at the heel with a plastic and EVA combo makes for ok shock absorption but it’s nothing to write home about.
All in all this binding is very average and there are others in this price range that had more appeal to our crew. This will work a seasoned rider who loves Salomon and doesn’t want to shell out a lot of cash or a entry level rider that can get a deal. The 2014 and 2013 are pretty much the same.