- Price: £261 / €290
- Sizes: S, M, L
- Flex: 6
- Entry System: Classic
In an ever more complex world of snowboard bindings, may the gods bless Bent Metal for keeping it simple. The three models in the men’s range can be boiled down to ‘soft, medium, stiff’. The Bent Metal Transfer is the one in the middle, making it the best bet for the all-mountain rider.
The Drive Plate that sits under your foot plays a big part in the Bent Metal Transfer’s characteristics, and can be swapped for a softer or stiffer one if that’s what you fancy. If you stick with the medium-flexing version, the magnesium fibres give you enough response to blast around the mountain, but not so much that you need to give it your full concentration at all times.
"The Drive Plate that sits under your foot plays a big part in the Bent Metal Transfer’s characteristics"
The highback is supportive and just a little asymmetrical, ensuring you’re always comfy in the Bent Metal Transfer. The straps are pared-back yet do their job admirably, and the buckles are fast and easy to use.
The one seen here is the pro model of street-rail slayer Forest Bailey, who also broke out his paintbrushes to design the overall look. Like last year there’s also a Jamie Lynn version available, as well as a flame-red design that’s bound to turn a few heads.
“Having been a fan of Bent Metal bindings back in the day, I'd been keen to take a pair for a spin since Mervin relaunched them. Happily, once I strapped in to Forest Bailey's pro model Transfers I wasn't disappointed.
The Transfer features the medium Drive Plates, and while you’ve got the option to swap in the softer or stiffer ones if you want more feel or more power, I'm not sure how many stores will stock individual plates. It's worth asking though, as it would be nice to fine-tune your ride.
"Having been a fan of Bent Metal bindings back in the day, I'd been keen to take a pair for a spin"
Taken as it came, the Transfer was a great binding for tackling anything. The stiffness was as middle-of-the-road as it goes, meaning there was plenty of support and response, but they still had a bunch of feel and flexibility to them – whether you want to drop cliffs or butter on boxes, these will get the job done.
The fit was super secure and comfortable, and you can feel the benefits of the subtle asym highbacks nicely. Also have to say I'm backing Forest's colour and graphic choice!"