- Sizes: XS-M, M-XL
- Flex: 5
- Entry System: Classic
- Price: £249 / €289
Switchback bindings are a bit like cocktails – if you change one ingredient, you can give it a whole new name. The Switchback Halldor Pro snowboard bindings share a lot of the same DNA as the Switchback Session, but the Helgason design tweak isn’t hard to spot.
It’s all in the highback; Halldor favours a winged version (otherwise known as a ‘wrapback’) that goes further around your calf than a conventional one would. The idea is to give you more support when pressing on park features, and if you’ve never tried it then you’ll love how effective it can be.
“These share a lot of the same DNA as the Switchback Session, but the Helgason design tweak isn’t hard to spot”
That does mean more material, but weight has been saved wherever possible via the two cut-outs. These also increase the binding’s overall flex, which will come in handy when you’re tweaking hard.
Elsewhere the Switchback Halldor Pro features the high-end AERON base, strengthened with aluminium and cushioned with EVA padding. As for the straps, the freestyle-friendly ‘Eames’ versions are a bit on the chunky side aesthetically, but there’s no questioning their support and comfort. The ratchets are buttery smooth too.
The whole thing is finished off with a graphic that pairs with the Lobster Halldor Pro snowboard. ‘Die When You Die’ – that’s good advice for all of us, right?