They say: Silky smooth. We say: This is a step up from Flow’s entry level women’s binding, but it’s still soft enough that beginners could just about ride it. Soft-flexing and forgiving, this is a great binding for anyone looking for a simple speed entry option.
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.
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