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Salomon Defender Binding 2018

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Goofy or Regular?

First of all you need to know which foot you should have in front when riding. As a rule, your dominant leg should be in front. If your left foot is in front it is called "Regular" and if your right foot is in front it is called "goofy". There is an easy way’s to find out which is your dominant leg (If you are riding Regular or Goofy);

Ask a friend, wife, husband or a next-door neighbour to stand behind you, and then gently push you forward. - The leg you make your first step forward with is usually the dominant leg. If you want to find out by yourself you can simply run and slide along a smooth surface. Your reflex will put your dominant leg in front.

Stance

Stance

This is all down to personal preference and where on the mountain you are going to spend the most time. When you stand on your board, your feet will be spread apart. A narrower stance helps the board carve a turn better, while a wider stance will give you better stability.

Riding powder? Set them back and you will increase the length of the nose of your snowboard, which will give it float in the pow.

Playing in the park? Centre the bindings if you are planning to ride park, pipe and rails. It is a lot easier to jump and ride switch (backwards) when the bindings are centred.

Doing a little bit of everything? Set them back one step.

How wide / narrow should they be?

Step onto the board (Without bindings attached) as you would go riding. If it feels good and natural, this is where you should mount your bindings. If you can't decide then you can do it roughly as far part as your shoulders.

In the end it is all down to comfort and choice. Do not be afraid to change your stance and play around with it. There are many tool stations on the slopes where you can change your bindings. All you need is a screwdriver. You will soon find what is best for you and your riding style. Most snowboards all ready come with a recommended stance marked on the board.

What are your angles?

Angles

The most common and possibly the most versatile one is what is some times refered to as duck. The front binding registers a positive angle while the back is set to a negative. This will allow you to ride switch and regular with equal ease and delivers a stable comfortable stance.

If you are just blasting down the mountain and not even thinking about riding switch then you might prefer positive angle on both front and back foot.

Here are some angles you can try:

Freestyle: Front foot +15 with back foot -15

All Mountain: Front foot +18 with back foot -9

Freeride: Front foot +21 with back foot 0

Forward Lean

Most riders do not bother using this feature. Forward lean describes the angle at which a binding's highback is set. The Highback is there to transfer power to heel edge of the board and the greater the angle, or forward lean, on the highback the greater the responsiveness delivered to the heal edge.

If you are a beginner, I would not worry about this too much for the moment. It is down to personal preference and something you can play around with as you progress. Some instructors use this as a tool to help riders bend their knees.

Fit

Make sure your boot size is compatible with the binding size you choose. At the board basement you can select your boot size to find the binding size that is right for you, using our filters.

Entry system

Most bindings are traditional Two-strap bindings, with an ankle strap and a toe-cap strap.

Flow Bindings and SP Bindings have a reclining highback which means you can enter the bindings from behind with ease. These are referred to as Fast Entry bindings.

Ride Size UK EU US CM
Men M 4-7.5 36.5-42 5-9 23-27
L 7-10.5 40.5-46 8-12 26-30
XL 10-14 44.5-50 11-15 29-33
Women S 1.5-4.5 34-37 4-7 21-24
M 4.5-8.5 37-42.5 7-11 24-28
Youth XS 10-13 29-33.5 11-1 16-19
S 1-4 34-38 2-5 20-23
Flow Size UK EU US CM
Men M 3.5-7 36-41 4.5-8 22.5-26
L 6.5-10 40-44.5 7.5-11 25.5-29
XL 9.5-14 44-49.5 10.5-15 28.5-32.5
Women M 3.5-7 36-41 6-9.5 22.5-26
L 6.5-10 40-44.5 9-11 25.5-29
Youth XS 10-13 29.5-32 11-1 17.5-19.5
S 12-4 31.5-36 13-4.5 19-22.5
M 12-4 31.5-36 13-4.5 19-22.5
K2 Size UK EU US CM
Men S 1-3.5 33-36 2-5 20-23
M 3.5-7.5 36-40.5 5-8 23-26
L 7-10 40.5-44.5 8-11 26-29
XL 10-14 44.5-50 11-15 29-33
Women S 1-3.5 33-36 3-6 20-23
M 3.5-7.5 36-41.5 6-10 23-27
Youth XS 10-13 29-33.5 11-1 16-19
S 1-4 34-38 2-5 20-23
Union Size UK EU US CM
Men S/M 4-7.5 37-41 5-8.5 23-26.5
M/L 7-10 40.5-44 8-11 26-29
L/XL 9.5-13 43.5-48 10.5-14 28.5-32
Women S 1.5-4.5 34-37.5 3-6 21-23.5
M 4.5-7.5 37-41 5.5-9 23-26.5
Youth Y 1.5-4.5 34-37.5 2.5-5.5 21-23.5
Contact & Contact Pro Size UK EU US CM
Men S/M 1.5-4.5 34-37.5 2.5-5.5 21-23.5
M/L 7-10 40.5-44 8-11 26-29
L/XL 9.5-13 43.5-48 10.5-14 28.5-32
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Salomon Defender Binding 2018

The Salomon Defender binding delivers the custom fit, comfort, and transmission of ShadowFit Technology. Shadow fit technology is a 3 piece baseplate featuring a unique flexible heel loop and completely anatomical fit to provide intuitive mobility without sacrificing performance. Yes I said flexible, it is made from super tough Kevlar wire enabling lateral flex. The result is an ultra light binding that allows your whole kit to flex together. The 2018 model comes with the new Defender Highback for maximum control with nice asymmetric design with left and right specific highbacks for better fit. Locked Up Toe Straps and new Shadow Straps add cushion, plus a new MP Ratchet system delivering the extra leverage when you need that extra click. If you want a responsive all mountain binding which isn’t going to bite your calves and fatigue you over the course of the day then the Salomon Defender is the one for you.

Key Features
  • COMPOSITE 45% - All the benefits of polyamide material but 20% more responsive.
  • ADJUSTABLE TOE RAMP - For easy adjustability for the best transmission on toe edge.
  • SCS + FULL EVA - SCS+ Full EVA Offers the highest level of shock absorption and precise energy transmission straight to your edges.
  • MICRO MAX STRAPS ADJUSTMENTS - Fast and precise micro adjustments let you optimize the straps centering on your boot for maximum comfort and support.
  • IMS - Integrated Mounting System (IMS) is Salomon’s patented trick for keeping your disc screws in place while adjusting your bindings or swapping out boards.
  • UNIVERSAL DISC - Ultimate compatibility with all existing mounting systems on the market.
  • SHADOW FIT BASEPLATE - 3 piece baseplate featuring a unique flexible heel loop and completely anatomical fit to provide intuitive mobility without sacrificing performance. The result is an ultra light binding that allows your whole kit to flex together.
  • CANTED FOOTBED - 2.5° canted footbed, easy on the knees and no loss of board-feel.
  • LOCKED-UP TOE STRAP - Ultimate envelopment for perfect boot hold and ultra lightweight and durable.
  • KEVLAR QUICKWIRE – Felxible heel loop made from Kevlar
  • MP RATCHET - Better tightening, less ladder damage, more power and precision with each click.
  • Flex 7/10
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