The Salomon Pact isn’t a bad binding for the price, but hey it’s just something made for people who don’t want to rent. All you want from a binding like this is to hold together and not fall apart on you and that it does.
Flex: Pretty mellow easy to twist and bend back high back.
Adjustability: Pretty plug and play. Not much adjustability here. Doesn’t even have the quick adjust straps like the rest of Salomons line and they take a lot more work to dial out your binding.
Comfort: This straps aren’t that bad for how entry level they are.
Turn Initiation: Mellow and forgiving.
Buttering: dead underfoot but that’s pretty much expected for this price point and technology.
Boot Support: Pretty decent support here and both straps fit around the boot pretty well.
Ratchet System: It works but entry level ratchet systems like this always worry me a bit. Not sure how long they will last.
Shock Absorption: Not much to speak of here. Just a thin layer of EVA foam over plastic.
The Pact will hold together and give you an experience better than renting so that you can get some consistency. The 2014 and 2013 Salomon Pact are about the same binding.