- Price: £225
- Sizes: S, M, L
- Flex: 6
- Entry System: Classic
Mervin Manufacturing (the US-based producers of Lib Tech and Gnu boards) have resurrected their Bent Metal binding brand in fine style. They’ve taken all they know about making quality, environmentally-conscious hardward and poured it into this: the Bent Metal Transfer.
Of the three Bent Metal bindings available in 2016/17, the Transfer is somewhere in the middle. While the Logic is flexy and the Solution is packed with stiff carbon, this one is the ideal all-rounder that’s as capable of chucking buckets in the backcountry as it is of soaring out of a halfpipe.
"The drive plates of the Bent Metal Transfer are made at Mervin’s factory in Washington State by dyed-in-the-wool snowboarders"
First off, let’s address the elephant in the room - there’s not much metal, bent or otherwise, to be found here. However, that’s no bad thing. The baseplate and highback are both made from tough, lightweight nylon, so it’ll take a beating without weighing you down.
The real selling point of the Bent Metal Transfer, however, is the ‘drive plate’. Thanks to some unique Jamie Lynn artwork it’s not hard to spot, but there’s definitely more to it than a pretty picture. The construction is similar to that of a snowboard; various layers - aluminium/boron fibreglass, shock-absorbing EVA and Mervin’s signature bio-bean topsheet material, to name just a few - are pressed together to make an underfoot plate that boasts just the right amount of flex and response. Again, the Transfer aims for something in the middle ground; you get plenty of edge-to-edge response without being too restrictive to the natural flex of your snowboard.
They’re not the cheapest binders, but considering the work that’s gone into them you can hardly say that they’re over-priced. Besides, the drive plates of the Bent Metal Transfer are made at Mervin’s factory in Washington State, so you know they’ve been produced with passion by dyed-in-the-wool snowboarders.
My first ever pair of bindings back in the ‘90s were Bent Metal, and it’s great to see them making a comeback complete with the classic forward lean ‘cube’. While some other brands over-engineer, this really is the simplest, quickest and most reliable way to adjust your highback angle.
"Carving response from the highback was rapid without being painfully rigid, so you could happily tweak tricks as well as blast the groomers in these"
Elsewhere things are a bit more plasticky than back in the day, though the construction is plenty solid enough for most riders. Plus the drive plate footbeds provide a comfy platform as well as some nice visuals courtesy of Jamie Lynn.
Carving response from the highback was rapid without being painfully rigid, so you could happily tweak tricks as well as blast the groomers in these. Both the ankle and toe straps are super lightweight; they may be lower on padding that some of their competitors, but get the ergonomics right – as Bent Metal have – and there’s zero foot pain. The Transfer’s aluminium buckles are simple to operate and seem unlikely to fail on you.
At the price, this binding might seem a little spartan, but Bent Metal have produced a reliable all-rounder here that prioritises performance over gimmicks.
Jamie Lynn - Team Rider, Bent Metal
My history with Bent Metal goes back to Day One, and I’ve watched them evolve to what they are today. I am proud to welcome them back under my feet. We did a lot of work in the development and research of the Transfer binding for this relaunch.
As far as the art goes, we make sure that it enhances the natural beauty that is already there with the Bent Metal Binding Works.