Bent Metal Logic

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If there’s one thing that is undeniable about the engineers at Bent Metal, it’s that they think outside the box. The Logic has some really cool innovations that make for a binding that is both flexible and responsive, and feels great in just about all conditions. The most apparent innovation is the Flex Control Drive Plate baseplate and footbed layering system, constructed with the same material matrix as a snowboard, so testers felt a similar, familiar underfoot flex from their bindings. The Logic’s drive plate flex is soft and playful yet responsive. Power is transferred from the toe and heel edge without feeling any dead spots or losing energy transfer.

Testers were fans of the highback’s forward-lean adjustment, which utilizes a urethane cube that can be turned to any degree for a completely customized lean angle. The highback itself has lots of lateral flex, but when it came time to crank down the leverage on heelside turns, it was right there to support deep digging. The buckles are as snappy as a new skate deck, and the tool-less adjustment of the straps was easy to use, even with gloves on. Both the ankle and toe straps were comfortable and testers felt no pinch points, although more ankle strap cushion wouldn’t hurt. The Logic provided a comfortable ride all day long. The idea that there’s always a better way to do something in the binding world is proven in Bent Metal’s new binding lineup. It’s lab rat meets park rat in the best possible way.

Price: $240.00
Brand Name

Bent Metal

Product Type

Bindings

Style

Freestyle Bindings

Gender

Mens

Manufacturers URL

http://www.bentmetal.com

Rad-Bad

RAD: Drive plate flex matches individual board flexes, with no dead zones. BAD: Ankle straps could use more padding.

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

Yes

Good Wood

No

Bang For Your Buck

No

Guide Year

2017

RAD: Drive plate flex matches individual board flexes, with no dead zones. BAD: Ankle straps could use more padding.

Tested And Approved 2017 Presented by evo.com

Best snowboard gear of 2016-2017? We've got you covered. Going into winter, we want to know what gear can be trusted when put through the wringer. But testing over 500 boots, bindings, goggles, gloves, helmets, splitboards and powder boards, and other backcountry gear and accessories in every snowy corner of the country was a massive undertaking that the TransWorld staff couldn't handle alone. So we sent the latest developments in snowboarding goods to our team of testers spread across the country. With so many unique features in the lineup and different opinions from each tester—both compliments and complaints—there was plenty worth discussing. Some gear broke. Other pieces spoke volumes to functionality and durability. So here you have it: the most inclusive, all-encompassing gear test in snowboarding. If it's in here, it's been beat up and bent every which way – and tested, and approved.

Meet Our Testers:

Adam Broderick

As Gear Editor at TransWorld SNOWboarding, Broderick spent last season directing tests around the country when he wasn't testing gear himself. He administered the Good Wood board test, powder board test, and backcountry test, while leading the glove test and coordinating the others, plus editing all Gear Guide text. He is the point of contact for all things gear-related at TWSNOW.

Mike Horn

Mike Horn's first backcountry pack had bungee cords for snowboard straps. That's a far cry from the innovative gear he tested in his Crested Butte backyard this winter. Mike's been writing about snowboarding for a decade-plus, and he tends to get crusty when reviewing gear that's not quite up to snuff.

Devin Silverthorne-Lillie

A New Hampshire transplant, Devin's Ice Coast roots provide superior edge awareness, and with Breckenridge's Park Lane in her backyard, she practically falls from bed to her board. She put freestyle bindings on trial in and out of bounds—from frozen mornings to spring slush, backyard rail jams to sidecountry booter sessions.

Billy Brown

Billy Brown covered new tech for this year's guide. The California native grew up riding the terrain parks in South Lake Tahoe, but for the past few years his career as a freelance editor has allowed him to snowboard around the world—from heliboarding in Whistler to riding post-storm powder in Valle Nevado, Chile.

Alex Showerman

A freelance writer based in Vermont, Alex took his powder hunt on the road last winter. He schlepped freeride boots, backcountry boots—and enough shells, puffies, and base layers to open a small gear store—around the globe in search of snow in locales like Vermont, Wyoming, Colorado, and Iceland.

Morgan Tilton

Reared in the San Juans of Southwest Colorado, as soon as Morgan could walk her dad strapped her in, and Telluride Ski Resort became her babysitter. Over the past 13 years, snowboarding has taken her through Wolf Creek's whimsical powder days, USASA Slopestyle Nationals, and the cliff-riddled backcountry of Colorado and Wyoming.

Heather Hendricks

From the jagged peaks of Jackson Hole and the Canadian Rockies to the overt opulence of Aspen, the steeps of Alaska, and the striking faces of the La Sals, our contributing editor spent the season traveling to summits near and far. Heather toted along a bin full of boots and tested them all along the way.

Chris Brunstetter

From loitering shop kid to 22-year industry insider, Chris has spent most of his life in the snow and skate industries in Utah, even experiencing firsthand the rise and fall (and second rise and fall) of Forum. He tested freestyle boots and bindings in the man-made and natural parks at Brighton, Snowbird, and Jackson Hole.