Bent Metal Upshot 2018-2019 Women’s Snowboard Bindings Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2019/2020 Bent Metal Upshot here

Bent Metal’s return to snowboarding a couple of years ago didn’t feature a female-specific model, but they put that right in year two with the Bent Metal Upshot women’s snowboard bindings. With its freestyle-forward design, these bindings should suit any woman who favours the park above all else.

The Bent Metal Upshot has a lot in common with the Logic from the men’s range. The soft-flexing urethane highback allows for all sorts of tweakage, and is pretty much indestructible to boot. A simple cube system is there for adjusting the forward lean, should you need it.

“Ideal for intermediate-level freestyle, but robust enough to step up to bigger stuff too”

The ankle strap has been upgraded for 2018/19, and the new ‘Mobility Light’ version does what it says on the tin. When you want to move your weight laterally across the board it’s flexy enough to oblige, and it’s low on grams too.

Bent Metal’s USP is the removable Drive Plate system, which makes each model’s baseplate offer unique characteristics. In-keeping with the rest of the Upshot’s design, the ‘calcium bi-aixal’ variant shown here is fairly soft. That’s ideal for intermediate-level freestyle, where creativity and spontaneity are the order of the day, but it’s robust enough to step up to bigger stuff too.

Big-mountain chargers won’t be swayed by his, but for freestyle fans the Bent Metal Upshot is among the most impressive women’s bindings around.

Tester’s Verdict


“I had these on the Gnu Ladies Choice – what a pairing!

“They were really responsive and felt like they were so in tune with the board”

The straps are not too thick so they don’t squash down onto your foot, and instead sit perfectly over your boot. They were really responsive and felt like they were so in tune with the board – there was never any slight delay between what I wanted to happen and it happening. The highbacks were the perfect height for a mix of playfulness and responsiveness.

A lightweight option with the capacity to do absolutely anything.”


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