A true freeride binding should provide you with the freedom to go anywhere at anytime. From the steeps of Jackson, to thigh-burning bumps in Colorado, the following collection of men’s freeride bindings were put through the entire spectrum of terrain, proving themselves worthy of all-mountain applications. If you’re looking for a sturdy offering that can comfortably go anywhere, then look no further than this season’s best.
By combining materials with multiple densities, including a rigid, forged carbon spine in a highback wrapped in softer nylon, the Falcor’s vertical stiffness provides immense edge-to-edge response, while retaining a surprisingly playful lateral flex. If these bad boys are good enough for T. Rice, then you can bet they’re good enough for you.
K2 Lien AT
With a unique adjustable pod system that allows riders to customize the overall feel of their binding, the Lien AT holds its place as the most well-rounded model in the K2 lineup. A true all-terrain binding, the Lien AT is a tad softer than advertised, featuring a medium flex pattern suitable for diverse riding styles.
Featuring a revamped asymmetrical design, Rome’s Katana not only looks sleeker than in years past but also has increased performance to match. With improved lateral flex and it’s signature, highly adjustable interface, the Katana holds its place as an ultimate all-mountain binding that will slice through a variety of terrain.
RIDE El Hefe
The El Hefe is an ultra-responsive binding ready to take charge. With a carbon highback and aluminum chassis, it’s among the stiffest and most aggressive binding available. But thanks to canted urethane in the baseplate, it was also the most chatter-free. The result is a binding that can lead through variable terrain with authority.
Salomon’s ShadowFit tech, which employs a flexible urethane heelcup infused with Kevlar, sees an overhaul this season that stiffens the package up—an update welcomed by our testers, who found that not only is the Hologram adept when it comes time to tweaking and pressing, but also offers optimally unified flex across a spectrum of terrain.