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Switchback Bindings 2016 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride
The Switchback Binding is a tough binding to review because it’s like Leggo’s for bindings. There isn’t one type of model but instead an interchangeable array of parts. This is our take but with what we got but we’d love to expand on this review and keep playing around with all the different options.
Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews. No one is perfect and we do make money from the “Where To Buy” links below, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.
This video review sucks. It was super windy and I didn’t have a way to filter it. Sorry! It taught me a lesson about wind and videos so hopefully, the fix will work next time. We’ll try to get more experience with these to give you more feedback but our initial impression didn’t blow us away but wasn’t by any means bad.
Riders: Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Nike Lunarendor
Boards: Bataleon 5’2″ Crew and Bataleon Boss
Flex: There isn’t one set flex because you can choose numerous types. However, the ones we tried had a pretty middle ground flex.
Adjustability: Pretty normal adjustability that allows you to dial out the binding rather well.
Comfort: Jimbo and Peter loved the ankle strap but weren’t incredibly stoked on the toe strap’s fit and feel.
Turn Initiation: They turned the Bataleon boards they were paired up with pretty well. You know it’s nothing super responsive but it’s not dull edge to edge either. Turn initiation can very too depend on how you configure the binding.
Buttering: They didn’t have anything bad or exceptionally good to say about them.
Boot Support: The ankle strap pulled the boots well into the heel cup to give it a nice balance between support and freedom of movement. However, you won’t see a rating because you can change up the support you get around the boot by the high back or lack of high back you choose.
Ratchet System: No problems we encountered. Not sticky but not super smooth either. They just work.
Shock Absorption: We like the Urethane liner on the base plate and it seems middle ground when it comes to shock absorption.
So, all in all, It’s a pretty smart concept that we’d like to explore more of. Most binding manufacturers have interchangeable parts but never offer them so it’s about time someone offered them.
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keep coming back to switchbacks
I give these bindings a perfect review because they have never failed me... I have only had two toe straps break and this was after 3 or 4 years of heavy use (80+ days) ... Being able to change parts and backs has been really handy, especially for mixing up colourways... I've ridden quite a few other high end bindings. But keep coming back to switchbacks and always feel the Stoke whenever I'm back on them... I just can't fault them, especially with the newer high performance editions... I'd highly recommend giving them a chance if you haven't found the ones that tick every box for you... Because these do for me.
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