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NOW NxGen 2018-2019 Kids’ Snowboard Bindings Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2019/2020 NOW NxGen here

When it comes to kids’ snowboard bindings, a lot of companies are guilty of short-changing younger riders on tech. It makes sense sometimes; for very young, rapidly-growing groms that are still learning the basics, there’s no point in high specs, especially when it corresponds to a less inviting price tag.

However, for those kids who are a little more developed, both physically and in riding ability, then it can be worth shelling out a little more for a pair that has more to offer performance-wise. That’s definitely what you’re getting with the NOW NxGen kids’ snowboard bindings.

“The NOW NxGen bindings have the same ‘Skate Tech’ foundation as its adult models”

While some common-sense changes have been made, the NOW NxGen bindings have the same ‘Skate Tech’ foundation of the models in its increasingly popular adult range. If you’ve never come across it before, here’s a quick explainer. The chassis features a central kingpin, on which it can rock slightly from the toe edge to the heel edge, and rubber bushings take the brunt of the pressure each time the movement occurs.

The benefits, according to NOW, are twofold; compared to a classic baseplate design, foot fatigue is reduced and edge hold is improved. (There’s also the option to swap out the bushing for ones with different densities to adjust the dampening, although for now that option isn’t available for the kids’ model).

As for the rest of the NOW NxGen’s features, it has a similar highback to the NOW Vetta, which flexes horizontally just above the forward lean adjuster. It’s a mellow-flexing option, ideal for smaller, lighter riders – and especially those who want to progress their freestyle game.

“The Skate-Tech may not be something that your young charges notice with every turn, but our test team certainly loved the way these rode”

The single-injected EVA ankle strap has also come straight from the adult models, and its stitchless design is as resitant to wear and tear as they come. When cranked down with the user-friendly buckles (an essential feature on grom binders), they offer just enough stretch to support any boot comfortably. Adjusting them for growing feet is a piece of cake too.

The Skate-Tech in the NOW NxGen kids’ snowboard bindings may not be something that your young charges notice with every turn, but our test team certainly loved the way these rode. When brands take kids’ gear seriously, it can lead to great things.

Tester’s Verdict

Whitelines Grom Team

Ella

“I loved these bindings; I could feel the flex and movement straight away. They felt safe because I could get the board up on the edge without feeling that I was completely on my toes.”

Lightning

“I really liked these bindings, I felt a tiny bit of flexibility, not much, but they felt good. The straps were easy to use even with my big mitts on, and they were really comfortable.”

Dad’s Comments

“These have really easy tool free adjustment for straps and forward lean. You have to be careful with the rubber shims that dampen the ride thopugh, as they can fall out when the bindings aren’t bolted to the board.

But essentially the NxGen bindings have all the features of the adult NOW models, packed into a kids’ design. Highly recommend them.”

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