- Price: £315 / €350 / $350
- Sizes: S, M, L
- Flex: 5-8/10
- Entry System: Classic
Why we chose the Jones Mercury Snowboard Bindings: A binding that suits all-mountain chargers as much as sidecountry surfers
You only need to cast your mind back a couple of seasons to when Jeremy had his own signature snowboard bindings from NOW. While the patented SkateTech is still present on both the Mercury and Apollo models, the finer details of his own brand’s binders are unmistakably that of the Jones school of thought. The Mercury is the most versatile, mid-flexing and all-mountain friendly of two, offering riders the choice of dialling up the freeride functionality or letting the surf-inspired tech do its thing.
If you’re already a fan of SkateTech, you can skip through to the next paragraph; for anyone who’s unfamiliar, it’s time to climb out from underneath that rock you’ve been sheltering under for the past ten seasons and embrace one of the biggest revolutions in snowboard binding history. The binding hanger is attached to a recycled carbon post, via a central kingpin. This allows for a subtle – albeit highly effective – leverage motion which transfers power directly out to the four contact bushing. The result is an immediate and efficient edge to edge response without coming at the expense of foot fatigue or vice-like buckling up when it’s time to drop in.
“The Mercury is the most versatile, mid-flexing and all-mountain friendly of two”
There’s a good amount of response to the hanger. It’s constructed with a 30% glass/nylon composite, but the key thing to note is how much less material is in contact with the snowboard as a result of the post and bushings. The result is increased natural flex of the board, improved feel and, ultimately, an enhancement in the overall performance of your setup.
As is the way with Jones, products in the line are never completely reinvented but, rather, continue to evolve and tweak from season to season. Starting with the Control Flex Highback. Here, you gain the double benefits of a stiffer spin to the highback which keep carving and edge changes super responsive, but with softer side edges for improved freestyle versatility. The asymmetric design offers a little more support on the lateral side, so you’ll be able to shift your to the back of the board on toeside turns to re-create that surf-inspired mobility.