Arbor is a newcomer to the binding game and even newer to the women's side. Despite their adolescent presence, testers were impressed with the result. Upon ratcheting in, the ankle and toe straps hug your boot, while the footbeds elicit a feeling like stepping on little pillows. The comfort factor is all-time. With a fun, forgiving, and slight surfy feel, they remain responsive enough for most riders. Whether tackling groomers, park, or steeps, this binding seemed to increase the probability of a good time. The Sequoia provides ultimate versatility for all-around riders.

Binding Features & Details

  • System X Baseplate
  • Women’s Specific Asymmetrical Highback
  • Bow-Strap Adjusters
  • Cast aluminum buckles
  • MSRP $200.00

Rad: You can take these puppies anywhere.

Bad: One of the heavier bindings tested.

Testers commended the Sequoia for its go-anywhere versatility. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Arbor bindings feature their patented Bow-Strap Adjuster, allowing the strap to swing out of the way for easy entry and exit. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Cast aluminum buckles are new this season, and prove to be lightweight and durable. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Beneath the EVA footbed is Arbor’s signature System X Baseplate atop a 50A Durometer Outsole, which provided impressive dampening qualities. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

No tools required to adjust these sleek looking straps. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

From the park to the groomers, Arbor’s Sequoia proved to be a versatile binding for riding all over the resort. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

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