Just when you thought toecaps were the greatest revelation ever seen in snowboard bindings, Ride have come up with another innovative idea – no toe strap at all.
It’s hard to fathom using a binding that has no toe strap but the Contraband delivers on comfort, control and ease of use. At first, riding the Contraband feels a little strange but that’s the only negative, because after a few runs down the mountain you’re hooked.
Ride call this new technology the “V-Strap” as the V is formed over the toe, which connects up to the traditional ankle strap and the lone ratchet. With only one ratchet to do up when you strap-in it’s super easy to boot in and boot out and this means your first off the mark to get the powder or first hit of the kicker.
The frame is built from high grade aluminum creating an extremely light and strong structure with hyper responsiveness, a special raised section of the frame near the outer edge of the boot stops it from slipping out the side of the binding. The highback is a softer flex pattern that’s perfect for freestyle riding.
Overall the Contraband is a great binding for those that want quick and easy entry while hiking the park, stomping a street rail over and over again or simply sick of doing up two ratchets after you get off the lift.
Marc Baker frontside contraslide, Salt Lake City Utah. Photo: Chris Swanston
The Contraband Binding $449AUD