Vimana Scando 2019-2020 Snowboard Bindings Review

  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Flex: 6
  • Entry System: Classic
  • Price: £179 / €199

Why we chose the Vimana Scando Snowboard Bindings: Simple, Stylish, Sick.

The culture of Hygge runs deep in Scandinavia and Vimana’s Scando bindings epitomise this perfectly: comfort, quality and simplicity all neatly bundled up into one package. It’s about as close as snowboarding comes to sticking on a warm pair of woollen socks and putting your feet up in front of a woodburning stove.

There are no real changes for this year’s Scando, but that’s exactly why we love them. Everything you need from a high-quality binding comes in this stripped-down, super lightweight package.

“There are no real changes for this year’s Scando, but that’s exactly why we love them”

Vimana have opted for a construction made purely from urethane and responsive tri-ax fibres. Often, urethane is the go-to material for creating softer flexing, park specific bindings. In the case of the Scando, it has been used instead to drastically shave off any unnecessary weight, but keeps the edge to edge response surprisingly high.

There’s still plenty of room to flex between the nose and tail of the board. The baseplate is pre-curved so as not to hinder the board’s natural flex, while the upgraded and virtually indestructible team straps ensure there’s ample mobility to tweak out your methods without ever feeling disconnected or unsupported.

The words lightweight and minimal often have connotations of a product that skimps on comfort. While the straps are stripped down to the bare minimum, you still get cushioning and dampening where you need it most – along the high backs and underneath the feet. The Scando swallows up heavy landings in the park and chatters on the pistes before your ankles ever need to take the brunt.

You don’t get all the components to tweak and tinker with the fit that are commonplace in more premium binders, but you really shouldn’t find yourself needing such features anyway. With tool free strap and forward lean adjustments you’ve got more than enough scope to lock in the right fit and focus the rest of your time dialling in your run through the park.

“The Scando swallows up heavy landings in the park and chatters on the piste before your ankles ever need to take the brunt”

The Scando comes in small, medium and large sizes, with both black and white colourways in either stock or signature designs from Brage Richenberg and Enni Rukajärvi. It’s about as clean and stylish an interface you could ever want between the board and boots, and leaves nothing to be desired in the performance department either. Strapped to a pair of the Scando’s you’ll soon find yourself wondering why you ever felt the need for anything more.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike BrindleyWhitelines

“Sweet simplicity from the Scandi shredders. The Vimana Scando had all the response and comfort I’ve found in bindings nearly twice the cost with an added bonus of weighing next to nothing.

I rode the Scandos for a couple of days in Tignes last winter on a film shoot. They underwent a fair bit of abuse, as I was frequently stepping in and out of them without too much grace as I had my camera bag strapped to my back. The straps and buckles felt really durable, even when I was stomping all over them they instantly snapped back to their original position.

“Impossible to fault – especially at that price”

I’m not usually one for tinkering about with all the components – if the boot fits I want to just get going and ride whatever the mountain chucks my way. The Scandos have proper all-mountain versatility. On the laps when I rode without my bag, I could properly dial up the intensity and felt that highback hold me steady through the heelside carves.

They’re still surprisingly flexible between the nose and tail, though. Jibbers and park riders won’t have any issues getting their tweak on, and still have ample cushioning on the landing. A really, really, solid all-rounder. Impossible to fault – especially at that price.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19


“The first thing I noticed about the Vimana Scando bindings is that they’re damn light. Being made out of urethane from the baseplate to the straps, with fat trimmed wherever possible, has delivered a featherweight feel. It means that the Scando is both hard-wearing and gives a smooth ride, whether you’re in pow or on churned up groomers.

“Effectively the same as last winter, these roll with the mantra ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’”

There was certainly enough flex to tweak out grabs and press butters with no drama, yet there was still enough responsiveness to ensure Eurocarves and transition management was on point. Effectively the same binding that they produced last winter, these roll with the mantra ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’. The Scando remains a great choice for riders not wanting to break the bank, yet in need of something that performs.”


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