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Head NX Five 2018-2019 Snowboard Bindings Review

A step up in quality from the NX Three, the Head NX Five snowboard bindings are aimed squarely at the intermediate to advanced rider. Despite the deceptively low price, there’s plenty of tech on display here.

We’ll start at the ankle strap, which is pretty unique. It’s fairly rigid out of the box, but you can slacken it off a bit by taking out the removable insert. Similar tech exists in the tongues of some high-end snowboard boots, but we’re pretty sure the NX Five is the only binding to apply this feature.

“The baseplate of the Head NX Five uses several different materials – including silicon, EVA and cushioning gel – to cancel out what it can”

Which setting you choose will depend on the conditions, and on gnarlier terrain you’ll want to keep it in, so it can work in unison with the stiff highback and baseplate to ramp up the response.

In uneven terrain at high speeds, chatter can give your feet a really hard time. That’s why the baseplate of the Head NX Five uses several different materials – including silicon, EVA and cushioning gel – to cancel out what it can. The end result is healthier, happier feet that can ride for longer.

The stiffness means that they won’t be for everyone, and the look of the top-heavy highbacks may be off-putting for others, but in the right hands the Head NX Five bindings can offer excellent performance for less cash than the rest of the field.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthiewhitelines.com

“No change to the Head NX Five this year, and that’s fine – they’re still well worth a look if you want a quality binding for less, and don’t mind something that looks a bit… odd.

“I had zero comfort issues in these, and once they were strapped up I could just forget about them”

I really like the straps on these, and while the highback perhaps doesn’t need to be quite so wide at the top, it’s stiff enough to put your faith in at high speeds. I had zero comfort issues in these, and once they were strapped up I could just forget about them.

It’s worth mentioning the ‘Auto Open’ straps, that fall away to the side when your fiit is out. It makes strapping in a lot easier, and the hinges doesn’t seem to affect the ride when strapped up. A clever feature.”

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