- Price: £220 / €280
- Sizes: S, M, L
- Flex: 8
- Entry System: Classic
For 2017/18 the Salmon Defender has has been upgraded rather than overhauled. It already did so many things right, so we’re pleased to see the core features remain.
First among these is the ‘Shadowfit’ baseplate complete with soft heelcup. If that seems like it might be fragile, reassurance comes via the durable Kevlar wire that runs through it. When you’re relying in it to hold a strong edge, it won’t let you down, and for obvious reasons will give you unparalleled fit with your boot no matter which brand you favour.
“If you enjoy bombing the whole mountain and want all-day comfort while you do it, the Salomon Defender handles it with ease”
It’s still got a canted footbed that eases unwanted pressure at your knees, and what might be the quickest, easiest strap adjustment system out there. The toe strap is almost impossibly light, and designed to ensure you get just as good a fit with the front of your boot as you do with the back.
Moving on to what’s new, the differences in the highback are mostly cosmetic, but with the ankle strap it’s a different story. Salomon’s new ‘Shadowstrap’ features only on their higher-end bindings, and the pared-back design – light, supportive and responsive – will meet the approval of any confident rider.
If you enjoy bombing the whole mountain and need something that guarantees all-day comfort while you do it, the Salomon Defender handles both with ease.