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NOW Conda 2019-2020 Women’s Snowboard Bindings Review

  • Sizes: S, M
  • Flex: 7
  • Entry System: Classic
  • Price: €300
  • BUY ONLINE

While the ladies don’t get quite as much to choose from out of the NOW range, there is still a pretty versatile range on offer – even more so with the addition of the Brigada to this year’s line. The Conda bindings are the most performance-oriented, taking their design cues from the men’s Pilot binding.

Whether your time in the mountains is spent lapping the pistes or hiking a secret stash in the backcountry, NOW’s patented Skate Tech offers a unique approach to binding tech that lends itself to every style of riding. There are four contact bushing positioned at each corner of the binding’s hanger (baseplate) that the rider can directly apply pressure to via a central fulcrum point that enables a very subtle rocking between the edges. This not only provides much more direct transmission of power to the edge but also reduces vibrations underfoot that inevitably lead to foot fatigue and pain.

“Whether your time in the mountains is spent lapping the pistes or hiking a secret stash in the backcountry, NOW’s patented Skate Tech offers a unique approach to binding tech that lends itself to every style of riding”

One of this year’s upgrades for the Conda comes in the form of the all-new, super grippy 3D toe straps. Whether you choose to place this on top or over the front of your boots, they hug and conform to any shape or size and provide a solid grip that won’t have worked its way loose by the bottom of the run.

The second upgrade is the, somewhat less exciting, carbon buckles. The weight they save is pretty negligible, but they’re significantly stronger than the former version and will give your binding added durability.

This is the most freeride focussed model in the women’s line from NOW, so intermediate and advanced riders who want the most out of their bindings should go for these. Unless your completely devoted to the park, they’ll be a great option for the rest of the mountain too.

Tester’s Verdict

Corinne MayhewMayhew Snowboarding

“I’ve never used bindings as light as the Now ‘Conda’ model. Comfortable and secure, these bindings paired well with my Burton boots and I could really feel the effect of the snowboard through my feet, easily identifying exactly where I was applying pressure and the effect this had.

“I used these bindings in the backcountry, teamed with powder-specific boards, as well as in the park on my freestyle boards, and while jibbing around on piste”

The straps are fairly large and solid and the heel cup is thicker than average, but this didn’t add any weight and the whole binding felt very comfortable once I’d become used to it with absolutely no pressure points.

I used these bindings in the backcountry, teamed with powder-specific boards, as well as in the park on my freestyle boards, and while jibbing around on piste. I found them effective and extremely comfortable in every situation that I tested them in and I loved the 90s pink vibes! The Condas would be great for riders of any level who want to feel ultimate comfort while maintaining effective control. Great for everything and anything around the mountain!”

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