Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: Switchback Eiki Pro Bindings

I've always been a firm believer that the best bindings are made from plastic and not metal (sorry Bent Metal). They just feel better to me. I've ridden many a metal binding in my day and so far my opinion has not been swayed. When I first heard about Switchback I thought "cool, no tools needed to make adjustments," and then it hit me. These things are all plastic, everything. Well, take away the screws needed to mount them (and the highbacks I have on these Eiki Pro's feature a forward lean adjuster, which is metal) and they're as close to being all plastic as you can get. I love these things. Sick, trippy graphics on the highbacks, ankle straps and footbeds. The ankle straps are super soft and super comfy. The toe caps are designed properly and cover the perfect angle of the boot's toe. Couple this with the soft grippy inside layer to the cap and these things stay put. Every single part of the bindings can be adjusted and swapped out without the use of tools (minus the mounting hardware). Also, you can remove the highback completely and insert a little heel cup piece and now ride highbackless. Genius. Switchback has hit a home run in the binding market. Apparently I'm not the only one who digs these binders because they have a debut team of heavy hitters, including the brothers Helgason (I'm pretty sure they helped launch the company). Go to their site to build your own custom pair and order away.

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