Testers were immediately struck by the comfort of the Flare. "Every part of this binding felt like it was sculpted to fit my boot," one tester said. The EVA tray provides the right amount of cushioning. It's forgiving and able to take impact but not too thick. Testers found these bindings to be among the stiffest in the bunch; they're responsive, acting quickly and seamlessly to even the smallest movements. The toe and ankle straps were sweet and simple—supportive without pressure points. The Flare doesn't leave much to complain about, which is why it landed near the top of the list for testers. With cat-like reflexes and amazing comfort, this binding might be your new favorite.

Binding Features & Details

  • AsymWrap technology
  • EVA SubBase Pad
  • Minimist ankle strap
  • Asym Flare highback
  • MSRP $200.00

Rad: The strap moves out of the way for easy entry into the binding.

Bad: The sizing seems to run large.

Despite being among the stiffest submissions, testers praised the Flare for its high-end comfort. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The Flare’s Minimist traps were pressure point-free, and provided uninhibited flex. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

OpenForm Toe Straps are engineered to self-adjust to any brand or model boot. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The baseplate features a dampening EVA SubBase Pad and a subtle 1.5-degree canting. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Rome’s bindings are always highly adjustable—and are easy to do so. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Featuring their unique AsymWrap Technology, the Flare is a responsive and adaptable binding that excels both in the park and out. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Tested + Approved 2019 presented by evo.com

Since its inception four years ago, Tested + Approved has swiftly and proudly established itself as snowboarding's most comprehensive and bullshit-free product test. With an endless sea of gear to choose from—bindings and boots, helmets and goggles, gloves, layers, and everything in between—it's not getting any easier to know where to spend your money when everything seems to be touted as the next great innovation in performance and technology. We set out to navigate this deep sea because, like everyone, we get bummed when something fails on its word.

We start the Tested + Approved process by reaching out to brands with reputable product offerings, asking them to submit qualifying gear across an array of categories. We then distribute this gear to insightful, diehard shredders across the country with distinguished product knowledge and an astute ability to critique it. Committed to eliminating inferior items, blown out soles, busted zippers, fogged up lenses, and gimmicky tech is sifted out. What remains is a collection of the industry’s most proven products; all of it Tested + Approved.

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