The Salomon Defender binding made its debut last year, and certainly stood out from the crowd thanks to its ‘ShadowFit’ construction. Unlike most binders the heel cup is soft and malleable, which has obvious comfort advantages and a few others too.
This year the ankle strap has been made asymmetrical, meaning you can swap the left and right ones round for a different ride. As it stands they’re supportive as hell, but by swapping (and therefore flipping) them you get a looser feel that will suit those days when you’re not charging.
A layer of rubber sits inside the highback, gripping your boot firmly in a custom fit while also allowing you to ease off the buckles a little without compromising on response. The highbacks themselves are specially shaped to suit each leg, so will be comfortable and effective at all times.