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Bent Metal Joint 2019-2020 Snowboard Bindings Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the Bent Metal Joint Snowboard Bindings for 2020/2021 by clicking here.

  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Flex: 5
  • Entry System: Classic
  • Price: £180 / €200
  • BUY FROM SURFDOME

Bent Metal’s happy medium – the Joint snowboard bindings. If you find the Bent Metal Transfer and Bent Metal Logic bindings to be a bit too stiff/flexy then the Joint’s will surely be more up your street. The Joint is the perfect mix of the freestyle friendly Logic, and the slightly stiffer all-mountain sender – the Transfer.

With a flex rate of five, the Joint is a perfect all-rounder. You’ll have just the right amount of flex for the bindings to be forgiving while also getting a good amount of response to your ride. The base plate that sits directly under the feet is constructed in the same way as all the Bent Metal binding plates, and provide that nice extra bit of comfort with its EVA Foam Footbed. In addition to comfort, the Boron fibre and poly core that’s been added to the plate create a medium flex pattern – something which enhances their all-mountain ability.

“The Joint’s will keep your feet happy throughout the day, whether you were aiming to hit the park, carve the groomers or float through the deep”

The nylon highbacks too have a medium flex, enhancing the Joint’s impeccable all-rounder performance. Throw the mobile lightweight ankle straps into the mix, and you’re in for more comfort than you could ever dream of from a pair of bindings.

If you’re looking for some all-mountain action, the Bent Metal Joint bindings are the icing on your all-mountain cake. The Joints will keep your feet happy throughout the day, whether you were aiming to hit the park, carve the groomers or float through the deep. These versatile warriors are a great addition to your board. Oh, and ladies makes sure you check out the Bent Metal Metta bindings (which are the women’s equivalent to the Joint).

Tester’s Verdict

Paul WoolProfessor

“The Joint is Bent Metal’s Mid flex binding, sitting between their awesome Logic and Transfer. It is a hugely impressive, strong and simple binding that works as well, if not better, than many bindings with a much higher price tag.

In your hand the binding looks solid and is very light, the Nylon High back and heel cup look dialled. It has a really nice layered base, with cool graphics, and good access to the bolts. The straps look a little bit flimsy, but this isn’t the case once you strap in – they lock in well and the sprawling rubber beds your boot in superbly.

I rode the joint for a week last season and got out on the 2020 colourway for a solid day hitting all the mountain could offer. I rode a short and fat powder board and an all mountain do-everything board.

“At speed, the bindings don’t feel loose or unsporting, coping with the unexpected, transferring energy when and where it is needed”

Being someone who normally likes a stiff binding for charging and carving hard, I really enjoyed the medium flex. It gave support in all the right areas while allowing a refreshing torsional flex. The highbacks sits high and wide across your calves. They seem to have an even distribution of flex, that held up vertically really well, feeling fantastic on aggressive toe and heel edges. You still have the flexibility to lean back, tweak out a slash or an air. At speed, the bindings don’t feel loose or unsporting, coping with the unexpected, transferring energy when and where it is needed.

The base plate is really comfortable, plenty of padding in there, taking a lot more abuse than I anticipated – I knuckled the shit out a couple of kickers and was surprised my knees didn’t disintegrate. They cope with choppy powder and icy hard pack with a relaxed smooth ride.

Obviously, it is crucial that bindings last and stand up to abuse. Although I only got out on the 2020 model for a day, I rode last year’s model for a week and didn’t encounter any problems – nothing came loose or jammed on me. It is clear Mervin are putting a lot of resources in to Bent Metal, the quality is something to behold.

Overall, this is an excellent option for anyone looking for an all mountain binding, regardless if it is your first pair of bindings or your 20th pair. Don’t forget about that incredible price tag too.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Sam McMahonwhitelines.com

“I know what I like when I’m looking for bindings: flexibility. Not just overall, but a decent amount of lateral flex coupled with responsiveness from toe to heel. Perhaps it’s due to my skate background, but I’m always excited when I find a pair of foot straps that tick these boxes.

Since Bent Mental was revived a few years ago, I’ve been pretty stoked on its offerings. The Transfer and Logic are both great bindings in my opinion, so when I heard that the brand new Joint was here to occupy a space between them, I was intrigued.

It seems like my prayers had been answered. The name literally comes from the goal to create a fluid joint between the rider and board rather than simply clamping them down.

“This is the kind of product every snowboard brand should be working towards”

Whilst riding you have heaps of freedom to shift your weight around and tweak out in the air, all the while being ready to dart from edge to edge at a moment’s notice. One of the best feeling bindings this year, and the one I found myself reaching for more than once during The Selection.

Best of all? The price. It’s rare to find a binder in the (admittedly, just) sub-£200 category these days, but to try out a pair that ride as well as these, fit comfortably and come with a bunch of features that are actually useful (the Cube is still the best forward lean adjustment, as well as the simplest) wasn’t something I was anticipating.

Great binding, better price – this is the kind of product every snowboard brand should be working towards. It fully deserves its place here in The Whitelines 100.”

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