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Salomon Defender 2017-2018 Snowboard Bindings Review

  • Price: £220 / €280
  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Flex: 8
  • Entry System: Classic
  • salomon.com

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.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthie – whitelines.com

“I was an immediate fan of Shadowfit – for comfort and performance you really can’t fault it. It doesn’t actually venture so far away from a traditional binder that it might put some folk off; the difference is subtle, but appreciated.

“For comfort and performance you really can’t fault it”

The same goes for the new ankle strap and highback. Neither are groundbreaking, but they definitely do their jobs well and make this feel more of a charger. And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again; no-one has a better strap-adjustment system.

It costs a little more than the District, which is also a terrific binding, but those wanting a more responsive ride are justified in shelling out that bit extra for the Defender.

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