Bent Metal Transfer Binding – Jaime Lynn
Use: Freestyle/All Mountain Binding
Boot size: 11
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Binding: Jaime Lynn
Snowboards bindings were tested on: Lib Tech Dagmar
Intended Use: Snowboarding in almost every condition.
Recommended for: intermediate/advanced/expert riders
Review Date: November 2019 – March 2020 in Wyoming
Binding Specs from Bent Metal:
- Power Construction Strap
- Magnesium Fiber Drive Plate
- A versatile binding for all-terrain freestyle performance
- Medium flex handles everything from urban rails to cliff drops
- Ergonomic nylon highback balances support and flex
- Flex Control Drive Plate offers precise edge control
- Light Form straps are secure and responsive
- Forged aluminum buckles are lightweight and durable
- Revolutionary Cube gives quick forward lean adjustment
It had been about 15 years or more since I’d used a set of Bent Metal Bindings because there were so many better options out there. A few years back Mervin resurrected Bent Metal Binding Works. They completely revamped and improved on the line, coming out with some great products. I’d heard good things over the past few years and liked what I saw so I was stoked at the opportunity to review a pair.
As soon as I took the bindings out of the box, I immediately noticed the thing that makes the Transfer binding unique, the Drive Plates. The Drive Plate is the footbed your boot sits on and snaps into the baseplate. The construction is similar to that of a snowboard and like a snowboard, it varies in materials based on flex. The Transfer layers consist of magnesium fiber, shock-absorbing EVA, Eco sublimated top sheet and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. They are pressed together to make an underfoot plate that boasts just the right amount of flex and response. The Eco sublimated top sheet features artwork from various artists. The one I rode featured super cool art by Jaime Lynn.
Under the baseplate is another thin layer of EVA foam providing a bit more dampness and impact protection. The binding is secured to your board with a mini disc giving you, even more, feel of the board.
The Cube Forward Lean Adjustment on the back of the highback is super easy to use. Basically it works like a dial and allows you to choose from 10 degrees, 14 degrees, 18 degrees, or 22 degrees of lean. It would be quick and easy to switch this up at any time. To make things even better, the Transfer highback is constructed from nylon has a fair amount of torsional flex to it.
The Power Construction Ankle Straps are made up of IMVEA foam pads and a structural performance foam. They have a unique shape to them that I found to be really comfortable and avoids material in pressure points. The amount of curve was enough to add significant support, keep my boots from moving around, but not cut into my ankles at all. The Grip Form Toe Straps worked really well and stayed in place when secured. They seemed to be more supportive and secure this year with just a little more material.
Both straps are secured with forged aluminum buckles that are lightweight and functioned smoothly. Like most bindings now, the Transfer binding straps have toolless adjustments that allow you to change things up on the hill with ease.
I was really impressed with the Bent Metal Transfer Bindings. I found them to provide a lot of natural board flex and response. They had ample impact protection for hard landings off jumps and rails. The ankle and toe straps stayed put and were very comfortable. The buckles and ratchets functioned smoothly and easily all season long.
Mervin did some great things with the resurrection of Bent Metal Binding Works. The Transfer Binding is a great do it all binding providing comfort and power from park to bombing powder runs.
- Great cushioning
- Easy Toolless Adjustments
- Forward Lean Cube
- EVA foam on footbed shows wear easily
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