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Salomon Mirage 2016-2017

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2017/2018 Salomon Mirage here

  • Price: £190
  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Flex: 5
  • Entry System: Classic
  • SALOMON.COM

Whether you’re a street slayer like Desiree Melancon or an Annie Boulanger-esque freerider, the Salomon Mirage binding is one worth considering. Its medium flex makes it a great all-rounder, so no style of riding is off limits with this one.

It shares a lot in features with the Salomon Defender from the men’s range – the most significant of which is the ‘ShadowFit’ baseplate. A design unique to Salomon, it incorporates a soft heelcup rather than a rigid one. It’s far from fragile, however; the rubbery material is strengthened with a Kevlar wire. Once you’ve entered the binding and cranked the straps tight, the heelcup conforms to the shape of your boot, regardless of the size or shape. No gaps, no uncomfortable pressure points – just a perfect fit every time. Comfort is maximised while riding, and the wire ensures you still get plenty of edge-to-edge performance.

“The various bits and pieces of the Salomon Mirage have been designed specifically for a woman’s boot”

The various bits and pieces of the Salomon Mirage have been designed specifically for a woman’s boot. The highback is uniquely sized, as are the ankle straps. All of the same great tech that you find in the men’s ShadowFits is here, though; the highbacks are fully rotatable with integrated forward lean adjustment, and the footbed features plenty of shock-absorbing EVA.

The Mirage also has a comfier version of the ‘Lock-In’ toe strap, and features Salomon’s Integrated Mounting System that doesn’t require you to fully unscrew your bolts when adjusting your stance. Fidgeting with screws on the hill is never fun – and losing them is a ballache – so this is a useful feature for sure. The straps also can be altered quickly and precisely with no need for a tool, making this one of the easiest bindings to adjust.

All things considered, this is unquestionably a high-performance binding that has the potential to raise your game on the hill. Blast powder all morning, crank out some carves on the way to the park, then send it skywards until the lifts close; with the Salomon Mirage, it’s all good.

Tester’s Verdict

Sarah Fish – subvertboardstore.com

This is one of the best bindings I tested this year: hella comfy, lightweight and still super responsive. If they are good enough for Jenny Jones then they are good enough for me.

“One of the best bindings I tested this year: hella comfy, lightweight and still super responsive”

The flexibility of these bindings are what makes them so comfy; they move with you rather than feeling like some hard, restrictive chassis on your foot.
More comfort from a binding means more time on your board, which means more value for money – and let’s be honest, the Salomon price is always a fair one.

Any level of rider could purchase these bindings and get along with them.

Trade Secrets

Desiree Melancon – Team Rider, Salomon

The Mirage is unique because the heelcup is really soft – you can squeeze it and flex it with your hand.

I like to compare the soft heelcup and the flex of the binding to riding a skateboard with soft trucks; at first you are a little loose, but then you realise you have a range of movement that you didn’t have before with a regular binding.

Your board and boots feel solid and responsive, but you are able to be more free and tweak your board.

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