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Bent Metal Logic 2019-2020 Snowboard Bindings Review

  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Flex: 4
  • Entry System: Classic
  • Price: £220 / €240
  • BUY ONLINE

The Logic bindings rank quite highly for many freestyle-focused men out there – so high, in fact, that Bent Metal had to please the ladies out there too; ladies who were longing for something to scratch their freestyle itch with. They got it in the shape of the Bent Metal Upshot. Anyway, safe to say, whether it’s the female or male version, these bindings have pleased a lot of rippers out there and will no doubt continue to do so.

The drive plates in these things consist of soft flexing bi-axial fibers, something that makes even smoother turns a reality; something that, in turn, makes a more creative ride possible. Add the soft urethane highbacks and you’re in for a flexy responsive ride that’s super forgiving.

“The drive plates in these things consist of soft flexing bi-axial fibers that contribute for even smoother turns, thus allowing for a more creative ride”

As per usual, Bent Metal has gone all in with their graphic collabs. Here at Whitelines, we’re stoked to see this brand put so much effort into getting different artists to work on their bindings. With the Logics, you’ve got three different ways to go – the classic black binding to please the slightly less adventurous souls out there, the grey one done in collab with the creative juggernaut Sean Genovese and thirdly the blue one, created together with Quincy Quigg.

The Bent Metal Logics are an ideal choice for all the park rats out there. In addition to that, the soft flex and forgiveness of this binding also makes them an ideal choice for the ones who are just about to begin their journey within snowboarding.

Tester’s Verdict

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“The beauty of attending these on-snow trade events is that it gives you the chance to try out products you’d either A) never dream of adding to your quiver or B) never dream of being able to afford.

The Bent Metal Logic sat in the first camp for me. I’m a Burton Cartel / Now Drive / Rome Katana kind of binding guy. These looked like someone had melted a bag of gummy bears into the shape of something to strap into.

That urethane high-back is crazy soft, but actually in a really fun and dynamic way. Flexing longitudinally between the nose and tail of the board felt completely unrestricted – like “dragging your arse behind you through the snow in a tail press” unrestricted – but I still felt just about enough response between the edges to put in a solid carve or too. Coupled with the baseplate which seems as equally soft flexing, this is a binding for real skate-inspired riding styles, where mobility takes precedence over response.

The straps felt a lot more comfortable than they looked. There’s not much to them, but when the materials are quality and they wrap well around the ankle (which these did on my Adidas Tacticals) then there’s no reason for anything more substantial. My only gripe might be that in the space of three runs I had to adjust the toe strap twice and it worked its way off the end of my boot.

“There’s very little to fault with them, just make sure your riding style matches the easy, steezy flex on offer here”

Lastly, the cube for adjusting the forward lean is genius. So simple! I doubt you’ll find yourself changing things up that often, but it’s nice to have the option right there at your disposal.

Definitely not a binding for me, but one that I really enjoyed taking out for a spin nonetheless. There’s very little to fault with them, just make sure your riding style matches the easy, steezy flex on offer here.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Sam McMahonwhitelines.com

“I came into snowboarding from skating, and as such have never really liked stiff bindings. I like to have some freedom in my feet and feel able to move my weight around without having my calves pinned to the highbacks. It’s almost like the Bent Metal guys could see me coming when they made these with a soft, urethane highback. ‘Urethane?’ I cried. ‘But, that’s what they make skateboard wheels with!’

“I really like the way it seems to focus support on either side of your foot rather than right down on it”

Whilst the ‘Bi-Axial Calcium Fibre Drive Plate’ is a bit less comprehensible, there’s no doubt that these do have that skate feel to them. Very comfortable, and with a nice lateral flex that doesn’t impede the toe-to-heel response, they were great for absorbing trannys and getting tweaked out during slashes and airs. When paired with a reasonably stiff boot, soft bindings don’t have to mean beginner or jib – they can be a lot of fun!

There’s no padding on the ankle straps but the kind of ‘webby’ structure they use instead does a great job of molding to your boot shape, and I really like the way it seems to focus support on either side of your foot rather than right down on it. Honestly, they’re good enough that you’re not really aware of them until you have to unclip, exactly as bindings should be.

The cube is still so clever that it’s almost a shame it’s for adjusting forward lean. I could be wrong, but who does that much adjustment on the fly? If Bent Metal made a splitboard binding down the line, maybe to go with those Lib boards, then this would be a winning feature there.

All in all, if you’re into soft bindings, there’s little to fault and a lot to love about these.”

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