No other binding tested produced such a unique fit and overall ride as this one. Salomon's ShadowFit, which employs a flexible urethane heelcup infused with Kevlar, sees an overhaul this season that stiffens the package up—an update welcomed by testers, who found that not only is the Hologram adept when it comes time to tweak and press but also offers optimally unified flex between board, binding, and boot, across a spectrum of terrain. Turning is surfy, whether slashing or carving, and despite the overall soft vibe from both heelcup and highback, the Hologram somehow manages to be supportive and responsive enough to handle all-mountain demands.

Binding Features & Details

  • ShadowFit baseplate
  • Kevlar Quickwire
  • Canted footbed
  • Shadow strap
  • Hologram highback
  • MSRP $300.00

Rad: A unique, surfy ride, stiffer than years prior.

Bad: If you like a rigid and aggressive binding, this may not be for you.

A truly unique binding, Salomon’s Hologram creates a surfy, uninhibited vibe while still providing plenty of response to meet the demands of freeriding. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Through the integration of Salomon’s ShadowFit baseplate and the intuitive Kevlar Quickwire system, the Hologram proves responsive despite its soft-flexing heelcup. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Testers commended these high-performance ratchets for their precise tightening abilities. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Salomon’s Locked Up toe straps did just that—they kept us securely locked in at all times. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Canted footbeds helped with joint alignment, creating a more natural feel. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The new Shadow straps were effective in terms of comfort and response. The tool-less adjusters were a nice touch too. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

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