Straps and Highbacks
The Astro’s highback is simple and stylish. Made from a nylon composite, it’s very responsive from toe to heel, and we really dig the perforated pattern that takes the edge off the torsional flex. This is classic Bataleon design. Sure, gaps in the highback are nothing new, but how has no one else come up with such a neat solution before? The tools-free forward lean adjuster is similarly tidy, and on the inside there’s some grippy rubber to protect your boot and keep it in place.
The Infinity ankle strap is amongst the most comfortable we’ve tested. It’s pre-curved for a natural fit, with an exo spine that helps to spread the pressure across your foot. The material is super tough, too, but features large perforations throughout to keep the weight down. When you’re getting your foot in at the top of the lift, the strap stays well out of the way thanks to a clever bend in the ladders. It can also be mounted in one of two positions on either side – higher for power or lower for tweakability.
The toe strap is more-web like, made from an auxetic mesh that expands around your boot as you crank the ratchet. AuxTech (as it’s known in the trade) is fast becoming an industry standard – and for good reason. It just works. We don’t know who exactly owns the patent but they’re probably choosing the shade of leather piping on their new Ferrari interior as you read this.
Bulletproof Buckles (not to be confused with Rome’s new ‘Bombproof Buckles’) complete a very attractive package indeed. Oh, and in the famous words of Columbo, just one more thing… Bataleon include a few spare parts in the box – namely ladders and a couple of screws – so you won’t have to hunt around the shops in resort should you suffer any mishaps. Bravo, guys. If only more brands did this.
“Core riders who don’t want to follow the Burton or Union crowd will appreciate the Astro’s unique charms”
The Astro is a well thought-out binding that belies its status as a relative newcomer. And it looks the absolute business. Solid construction, comfy straps, two chassis options, customisable fit… intermediate to advanced riders couldn’t ask for much more.
- Stylish looks
- Two chassis options
- All the colourways are basically black