Bent Metal Transfer

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There’s a lot to like about Bent Metal’s re-entry into the binding market. For example: Who else would build their baseplates with the same layering as a snowboard, right down to the Jamie Lynn artwork on the mini topsheet? Bent Metal’s Flex Control Drive Plates (the mini snowboards between your boots and the board) are made at the Mervin factory and come in three different composites and flex levels: calcium bi-ax (medium soft), aluminum/boron (medium), and carbon fiber (firm). We tested the Transfer bindings with the aluminum/boron drive plate. Testers said the Transfer earned a top spot in the all-mountain category for its responsiveness, comfort, versatility, and style.

The upper highback wraps the upper boot for added support and response; overall the highback has a mid-level flex and isn’t as stiff as it looks. To adjust forward lean, spin a cube-shaped block of urethane to four different heights. The urethane has the dual benefit of durability and dampening vibration. The drive plates feature excellent dampening ability as well. Testers railed turns through chop and refrozen snow, praising the binding’s precise, smooth heel-to-toe response even in the nastiest conditions. The ankle and toe straps contribute to that response, too. Wide and supportive, the ankle strap is strong and secure and contoured just right over a number of different testers’ boots. Likewise, the toe strap is more supportive than many of the flossy versions out there these days. The aluminum buckles have great action and seem built to last. For all its durable features, you’d expect the Transfer to be heavyweight, but it rode surprisingly light underfoot.

Price: $290.00
Brand Name

Bent Metal

Product Type

Bindings

Style

Freeride Bindings

Gender

Mens

Manufacturers URL

http://www.bentmetal.com

Rad-Bad

RAD: Killer combination of response and comfort turned the entire mountain into a park. BAD: Heel cup doesn’t adjust, limiting customization.

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

Yes

Good Wood

No

Bang For Your Buck

No

Guide Year

2017

Hot

Yes

RAD: Killer combination of response and comfort turned the entire mountain into a park. BAD: Heel cup doesn’t adjust, limiting customization.

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.