Salomon is another company that works across all hardware, and its bindings tick all the same performance-meets-value boxes as its boards and boots. New for this season is the Defender, which is the latest model to feature Salomon’s ‘Shadowfit’ system.
Unlike regular baseplates with tough, rigid heelcups, Shadowfit employs a flexible heelcup that’s actually soft enough to manipulate with your hand. This not only fits your boot perfectly, but also allows it to make small but important movements that increase comfort and performance. There’s a Kevlar wire reinforcing it, which is pulled extra tight in this model for better response. Both the brand-new highback and the ankle strap on this one are asymmetrical, so you’re bound to get a great fit all round, while the medium-to-high flex rating is ideal for all-rounders that aren’t afraid of stepping it up.