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Salomon Hologram 2018-2019 Snowboard Bindings Review

We’ll admit to being a little disappointed that the striking ribcage-esque highback of last year’s Salomon Hologram snowboard bindings has been discontinued, but the new-look design betrays no drop in quality. In fact, this already-impressive model has been souped up further still for 2018/19.

We’ll start with that highback; the considerable cut-out section makes it fairly flexible, as well as lightweight, but it’s still supportive enough for when you want to hammer fresh groomers at Mach 10. It’s also really easy to apply exactly the right amount of rotation and, if it’s your thing, forward lean.

“Sitting comfortably in the middle of the Shadowfit range, the Salomon Hologram bindings are an excellent choice for the all-rounder”

The Salomon Hologram bindings are built around the ‘Shadowfit’ system, which has a soft heelcup. Comfort is off the charts, as no matter what size or brand of boot you ride, it’ll instantly have a perfect fit with an even distribution of pressure.

Worried that an errant rider’s edge might slice through it? Don’t be; the material is pretty tough, and has a Kevlar wire running through it too. That also improves the response, so when you’re railing on your heels it’ll handle things.

The heel cup is hinged on both sides, so as your weight naturally moves from one end of the board to the other, it’s more obliging than rigid systems. This is most noticeable in powder, whether you want to really load up the tail for a slash or just make mellow, surfy turns.

“The heel cup is hinged on both sides, so as your weight naturally moves from one end of the board to the other, it’s more obliging than rigid systems”

The Salomon Hologram’s minimalist straps have been carried over from last year, and the combination of support and lightness is really impressive. Meanwhile the underfoot padding has been improved for 2018/19, with the addition of a large ‘VIBE’ insert – that’s the same stuff you’ll find in the brand’s running shoes – within a nest of industry-standard EVA.

While we’re on the subject of those footbeds, they’re canted by 2.5 degrees, which takes some of the pressure off your knee joints. It’s a subtle difference, but an effective one that also makes it easier to ollie.

Sitting comfortably in the middle of the Shadowfit range, the Salomon Hologram bindings are an excellent choice for the all-rounder. If you’ve had a conventional pair and are looking to mix things up, we’d highly recommend these.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike Brindleywhitelines.com

“Like the intangible projections they’re named after, Salomon’s Hologram binders feel like they’re barely there. Zero pressure points to be found, and enough chatter dampening to handle high speeds.

If you like the idea of riding bindingless, and want to forget you’re even strapped in at all, but don’t fancy finding yourself bailing horrendously as you try to take a corner at speed and send your board careening down the mountain, this is the right tool for you.

“They’re happy to oblige when you want to tweak, and seamlessly engage when you make your turns”

For folks who find that whole Shadowfit concept a little uncanny, be reassured that the Holograms do also offer plenty of support when you need them – it’s just that they’re happy to oblige when you want to tweak, and seamlessly engage when you make your turns.

As harmonious relationships between board, binding, boot and body go, it doesn’t get much better.”

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