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Bent Metal Upshot 2019-2020 Women’s Snowboard Bindings Review

For the last few years, the Upshot has been the only female specific binding found sitting within the Bent Metal line. This year however, Bent Metal have introduced another option for the ladies, the Bent Metal Metta, a binding slightly stiffer than our beloved Upshot. The Upshot does however remain one of our favourite female-specific freestyle bindings out there, and the ladies longing for a fun forgiving binding to compliment their park performance will find that it’s a worthy companion.

The Bent Metal Upshot is more or less the female version of Bent Metal’s Logic binding. With a soft flex and a bit of give to the highbacks you can be sure these bindings will give you a smooth responsive ride in any terrain. The soft flexing calcium bi-axial drive plate also helps to improve your edge-to-edge riding, while allowing for even more freestyle-friendly flex.

“Bent Metal’s signature Drive Plate gives you plenty of underfoot cushioning with minimal loss of boardfeel”

Bent Metal have decided to keep the graphics nice and simple this year. The black and white model is designed by Jen Ament, while the blue version is designed by none other than Hannah Eddy. This lady has been transferring her love for snowboarding and other action sports into art for years, so we’re stoked that she’s now left her mark on the Upshots too.

These park-specific Bent Metal Upshot bindings are light and responsive, giving you just the right amount of flex you’d crave for the perfect park performance. If you enjoy a soft fun ride, these beauties will definitely be a great addition to your set.

Tester’s Verdict

Stella PenttiWhitelines

“I’m a big fan of the Bent Metal Upshots. These things work well for whatever kind of riding, but they do have that something extra that makes your riding a bit more fun no matter what board you ride and in what conditions.

“Everything from the highbacks to the straps to the drive plate are comfortable”

All in all I think Bent Metal have done a great job with the Upshots. Everything from the highbacks to the straps to the drive plate are comfortable.

Another great plus is how easily adjustable the highbacks are. You don’t need any tools for this, nor any power, as you simply turn that little cube of the back of the binding and suddenly you’ve got twice as much forward lean than before.

If you’re looking for a pair of hardcore backcountry bindings these might not float your boat, but anyone who wants a pair of solid bindings that can tackle pretty much anything while giving you a bit more freedom will definitely love these.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Joy Dutchsnowboard-asylum.com

“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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