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Switchback Eiki Pro 2017-2018 Snowboard Bindings Review

One of the key selling points of Switchback snowboard bindings is the ability to change the straps, highback and baseplate to suit your riding style. You can even pack a few spare bits and pieces, allowing you to change things up as conditions dictate.

For those unsure where to start, a look through the various pre-made models will do nicely – and jib fiends will probably find themselves opting for the Switchback Eiki Pro. The elder Helgason brother’s setup of choice has a decidedly freestyle focus.

“With its decidedly freestyle focus, jib fiends will probably find themselves opting for the Switchback Eiki Pro”

The Eiki Pro been around for a while, but the new AERON chassis is a sea change from last year’s version. The combination of aluminium and nylon delivers a lightweight setup that can take an absolute hammering, as well as providing a top-quality fit with any boot.

The Miller straps are a bit more malleable than the Eames, and are lighter too. They hug your boot perfectly when you’re riding around, and don’t restrict you when you’re poking out a grab. Eiki also had a hand in designing the flattened asymmetrical highback, which leaves the tweakiest tweaks on the table while still providing plenty of support when you’re railing on the heel edge.

The time may come when you want to change out one of these features, but if you spend most of your time in the park then you may want to leave the Switchback Eiki Pro to do its thing.

Tester’s Verdict

Sam McMahon – whitelines.com

“Given how chunky these feel when you hold them, I was pleasantly surprised to find that these were not the snowboarding equivalent of shoes made from bowling balls. Instead there was a decent amount of lateral flex to them, balanced well with the toe-to-heel response.

If that is down to the Aeron base or not, I don’t know, but the flatback highback did seem to be enabling the flex pretty well, and the ankle strap did live up to its promise of delivering ‘pressure point free’ lockdown-ness.

“Given how chunky these feel when you hold them, I was pleasantly surprised to find that these were not the snowboarding equivalent of shoes made from bowling balls”

Bit of a whoops though – the demo pair I was handed came with screws slightly too short, meaning they were incredibly difficult for both me and the demonstrator to lock in, and one foot still ended up coming completely loose mid-run. I’m sure this has been rectified though, and otherwise they were superb fun.”

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