Switchback Fun.Kink 2016-2017 Snowboard Bindings Review

The Details:

Be advised, this one is only available as part of a package deal with the Bataleon Fun.Kink snowboard. However, so good is the deal that the two stablemate brands are offering, we expect to see quite a few pairs of these on the mountain in 2016/17.

The footbed on the Switchback Fun.Kink is integrated into the baseplate. This means less bulk, more boardfeel, and no removable pads to worry about – just screw them on and you’re good to go. The highback is free of forward lean, so those who like to crank the angle should look elsewhere, but others will enjoy its combination of support and flex. Then there’s the straps – a new, lighter toe strap works together with the dual-layer ankle strap that has foam for comfort and rubber for tension.

As with all Switchbacks, it’s fully modular and you can swap out the style of any part you choose. You can even ride without highbacks, which given the surfy all-mountain feel of the Bataleon Fun.Kink, will be worth a try at some point.

You can also change the colourways – however, given that it’s already a perfect match for the topsheet of the board it comes with, you might want to leave it as is…

Tester’s Verdict

Ed Blomfield – Whitelines

“Where many bindings feel flimsy, Switchbacks exude solid build quality. Sure, they’re all plastic, but it’s the tough stuff that’s made to last. The straps mean business too, with just the right balance of cushioning to weight and buckles you can crank hard without fear of slippage. You can tell a Kiwi designed these!

The tool-free modular system makes changing parts or removing the highback (if you’re that way inclined) super easy – you need to apply a little force at times which might make you worry about breaking something, but trust me, you won’t – these are nails. With a soft-mid flex that you can happily take from park to pow and a striking colourway, these are the perfect match for the Bataleon Fun.Kink. As part of the exclusive package deal, they’re a bargain to boot.”

“Switchbacks exude solid build quality”

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