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Salomon Hologram 2017-2018 Snowboard Bindings Review

  • Price: £240 / €300
  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Flex: 7
  • Entry System: Classic
  • salomon.com

Like the Defender and Quantum, the Salomon Hologram is towards the higher end of the brand’s binding range. However unlike the others this one is aimed more at the freestyle fiend – one that’s not afraid to step up to the biggest features on the mountain.

Bascially, think Bode Merril-esque riding. After all, the Salomon Hologram is partly his doing. The all-round mentalist needs something supporting and responsive, but isn’t a straight-jacket for the foot.

“The Salomon Hologram is aimed at freestyle fiends who’re not afraid to step up to the biggest features on the mountain”

The solution is partially achieved with ‘Shadowfit’ tech. A soft, malleable heelcup, strengthened with a Kevlar wire, ensures that you get maximum control even at pant-wetting speeds, as well as top-drawer comfort. This year it’s also got a new ankle strap that dials back the padding without making you feel every bump on the piste.

A highback has a bit more play than the likes of the Quantum, but won’t wilt on you when you’re really cranking – and as you can see, all weight-saving measures have been taken. There’s also some amazing padding in the baseplate to help you soak up any dodgy landings.

The Salomon Hologram won’t make you ride like Bode, obviously, but it can’t help but step up your own personal freestyle game. It also comes in a women’s version for females looking to deepen their trick bag in comfort.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike Brindley – whitelines.com

“Salomon have subbed out the ankle strap on the Hologram this year, toting the ‘less is more’ mantra with minimal strap for more torsional flex; and undoubtedly there’s plenty of maneuverability around the ankle in this year’s model (aided by the flexible Shadowfit heelcup).

“This is a binder you could happily take to almost any application”

While this helps make a case for it for freestyle-focussed riders, the Hologram certainly hasn’t lost its all-rounder credentials in the process – and this is a binder you could happily take to almost any application. The strap adjustment system is handy for setting up and tweaking fit in a hurry too.”

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