The name seems appropriate for something this powerful. El Hefe is an ultra-responsive binding ready to take charge. With a carbon highback and aluminum chassis, testers found this to be without a doubt the stiffest and most aggressive tested, but thanks to canted urethane in the baseplate, it was also the most chatter-free. The result is a binding that can charge through chunder with confidence and lay down trench-inducing carves with the utmost ease. Be warned, if you're looking for playful forgiveness, this ain't the one for you. If power and response are what you're after, however, this boss is ready to lead the way.

Binding Features & Details

  • Carbon Slimeback
  • INFINITY chassis
  • Wedgie footbed
  • Micro-Disc
  • MSRP $400.00

Rad: Carbon infused highbacks are stiff and powerful.

Bad: Anyone but hard chargers need not apply.

Designed around RIDE’s Carbon Slimeback highbacks, the El Hefe was the stiffest and most aggressive binding tested. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

RIDE’s full aircraft-grade aluminum allow INFINITY chassis is lightweight and durable. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The reversible ankle straps feature a stiff side and a soft side, allowing you to flip them based on the desire level of response. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Testers found the toe straps to be among the grippiest and most comfortable. No pressure points here. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Wedgie footbeds feature subtle canting to properly align ankles and knees while also helping you to load those ollies. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

If you’re a hard charging individual who likes a responsive and powerful binding, then the El Hefe is certainly for you. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

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