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NOW Select PRO 2019-2020 Snowboard Bindings Review

  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Flex: 7
  • Entry System: Classic
  • Price: €350
  • BUY ONLINE

Here’s one for the freestyle fiends looking to get in on the Skate Tech. The NOW select pro is geared purely towards high-level park riders and, comes with a couple handy customisable options.

Skate Tech has garnered a strong reputation in freeriding circles, but arguably has as many strengths when it comes to the kicker and rail lines. Because the technology works along the same lines as a skateboard truck (in fact, the central pivot point’s design was based on a kingpin) it offers a really easy, looser ride from edge to edge. Rather than cranking up on toe straps and pushing your calves into the highbacks, the idea is to very subtly rock from edge to edge via the central hanger and deliver power directly down to the contact bushings for immediate and efficient power transfer.

“All of NOW’s contact bushings are interchangeable, but the full offerings aren’t stocked as standard apart from here”

All of NOW’s contact bushings are interchangeable, but the full offerings aren’t stocked as standard apart from here. The three different rubber densities classed as soft, medium and hard (or in NOW’s technical terminology: Softy, Mid-Chub, and Morning Missile… nice) enable you to dial in the exact response rate and cushioning you want from your binding.

An additional customisation comes in the form of the Highcup, a short, stubby sized highback that you can swap out if you want to get extra loose and tweak out every single trick. This one’s a winner for jibbers and cruisers alike, the Select Pro is already a more mellow flexing offering from NOW, but these interchangeable parts allow for infinitely more options to find your perfect surfy style.

One big change for this year comes with the all-new 3D contour toe straps. Any issues rider’s found in the past with their straps sliding off the end of the boot have been categorically resolved this year.

Anyone could get along with the Select Pros, but freestyle riders, in particular, will love these.

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, without losing 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 and want to be 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. But that’s exactly what’s on offer when you buy these ones fresh.

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

“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. But that’s exactly what’s on offer when you buy these ones fresh”

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 the ankle.

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

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