- Price: £140
- Sizes: S/M/L
- Flex: 5
They say: Attention ground control, requesting fly-by.
We say: A relatively simple binding with a mid-flex that’ll adapt easily to most situations. It’s got Burton’s ‘asym’ straps which you can tweak to fit your foot easily, and packs quite a bit of tech in for the price.
- Building boards since: 2004
- HQ: Auburn, CA, USA
- History lesson: Founded by a crew of riders who “believe in quality first”, Academy has grown slowly overseas, but it rapidly became a household name in the states, with a team that featured the likes of Chad Otterstrom. Right from the beginning the idea has been to support the growth of ordinary riders alongside team shredders. For that reason (and also, probably because it fits neatly with their name) Academy give out a series of scholarships to talented snow lovers each year to help them through college. Nice guys then!
- Ridden by: Frat-boys on company scholarships, and US-based park rats who know their Tyler Flanagans from their Scotty Jameses.