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NOW Select 2019-2020 Snowboard Bindings Review

  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Flex: 7
  • Entry System: Classic
  • Price: €330
  • BUY ONLINE

NOW’s Select bindings are the same as their Pro counterparts in every way. Well, except for all the extra goodies that come inside the box. You can still buy the additional components to tweak and customise the bindings if you change your mind but, fundamentally, you still get the exact same high performance, freestyle focussed binding here.

These are as freestyle as bindings come. Skate Tech is equally at home on the kicker lines as it is putting in lines out in the backcountry. The system works by having the baseplate hanger pivot around a central fulcrum point to slightly rock out towards contact bushing on all four corners of the bindings. For park riders with a looser, more skate and surf-inspired approach to their riding, these things will feel like they were made for you.

“These are as freestyle as bindings come. Skate Tech is equally at home on the kicker lines as it is putting in lines out in the backcountry”

The FM Highback offers plenty of bend and forgiveness for styling out grabs and can be swapped out to the nearly non-existent high cups (an additional purchase) to more or less eliminate the highback altogether.

This year, NOW have addressed a concern raised from previous seasons and upgraded to the new 3d Contour toe straps. Wear them on top or on the ends of your boots, and tweak and butter-like you’re trying to break free from them, it makes no odds, these things will never work their way loose. The heelside straps stick with the Hyperfuse II option, the toughest and lightest available in the line. When it comes to your next freestyle binding, this may well be the only one you need to select.

Tester’s Verdict

Paul WoolProfessor

“NOW are on some shit. The quality of their bindings is evident in your hands, everything looks polished and feels dialled. Clearly they’ve put some decent materials into the full 2020 line-up this year.

The Select Bindings are no different, they are a solid looking rig. I got on a pair of these for a full day in overcast conditions, but I was able to churn up a wide range of terrain.

Overall I’d say the NOW Select is an exceptional binding. It is really comfortable and supportive around your foot. The straps and ratchets are impeccable, it feels like you could tighten up your foot until it breaks – I like this – there is nothing worse than a binding that won’t tighten hard enough. The straps have good ankle and toe coverage, and there is no pinching. The ratchets didn’t mess up, jam or come loose.

On snow, they’re really nice. Now say they are a freestyle / all-mountain binding and I’d agree. They are somewhat of a mid flex, seemingly ideal for a wide range of riding styles. The Highback has a solid spine, but with nice torsional flex at the sides, this means you can get strong support for carving and turning fast with solid heel and toe support, but you’ve still got the tail to toe body movement for freestyle flexibility.

“I think this is where the Skate Tech really comes into play, allowing a greater focus of your foot to the key areas on the binding’s base. This needs to be tested to be believed, for me it is what makes NOW truly exceptional.”

NOW’s exclusive Skate Tech has a divisive reputation as being totally loved or totally hated. Personally I really like it, but I wouldn’t say I’m a die-hard fan. I don’t think it makes enough impact to be so conflicting. It’s good, but I think I can live without it.

The bushings and footpads are decent, somehow creating great shock absorption without the board feeling totally dead underfoot. They’re not too soft and cushion-like, great if you really like to feel your edges, transferring power efficiently. I think this is where the Skate Tech really comes into play, allowing a greater focus of your foot to the key areas on the binding’s base. This needs to be tested to be believed, for me it is what makes NOW truly exceptional.

Overall the Select is a great binding, packed with tech, and clearly made to last. I’d say it would suit a freestyle minded all-mountain rider, somewhere in the intermediate to expert category. Nice work NOW.”

Tester’s Verdict

Rhys JonesTDC Snowboarding

“I hadn’t ridden NOW bindings before and I was really keen to check them out, I’d heard a lot about the SkateTech technology and I liked the way it gives you a looser feeling to your riding. I would like to try different bushings under the binding to compare the feel of them, which comes as standard in the PRO versions”

They were pretty light without feeling cheap, and really quite stiff for a mid-flex binding.

“Definitely for the more advanced intermediate rider looking to hoon around in the park or hit the streets”

No issues to install these on my board. Standard buckle/ratchet system which locks you in nicely, they have included the 3D contour toe strap which hugs your toes to give extra hold.

Overall, really comfortable to ride. Enjoyed jibbing and flat ground tricks on these. Really manoeuvrable without losing edge control. High performance for a mid-stiff binding. The heel cup was higher than previous bindings I’d ridden and I quite liked the way they felt around your ankle.

Definitely for the more advanced intermediate rider looking to hoon around in the park or hit the streets.”

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