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    Posted: Jan/14/2014 at 2:23pm
Setup:
Boots: Nike Zoom Ites
Board: Thrive Accomplice
Bindings: Switchback Halldor Pro Model

Comparisons: Burton Infidel, Burton Genesis, Rome Mod Boss


Riding Style: Park and Powder

Put a few days on the switchbacks.  I had heard good things and bad things about them so I wanted to try out for myself.  I have to say, the straps are legit.  They are comfortable and they keep the ratchet strap enclosed in the outer cover.  I liked this style a lot on the Flux bindings and Switchback has an even better (in my opinion) cover.

A couple things I look for in bindings, the toe strap holds and stays in place and the ratchets are easy to tighten and loosen.  Seems simple enough but I have those issues constantly.  

Took them over some medium sized jumps and the toe straps stayed in place.  One thing I like from bindings is to not notice them while I am riding.  I want to the board to do what I want when I want and the bindings to feel non-existent.  These bindings accomplish this quite flawlessly.  The Halldor variation has a "scrub hook" style highback which is something I have come to appreciate.  I have them on my infidels and while it feels somewhat gimmicky I still prefer how it fits to my boots.  

The bindings easy to switch up and adjust.  The footbed was a pain to get out but I imagine that will change the more it's removed.  

I think there are a lot of good binding choices out there and these rank up there with them.  First time in awhile I have actually been excited by a pair of bindings.  They are a little different and stand out a bit.  They switch up extremely easily which is a bonus for making your own or replacing components.  Except for the Genesis bindings currently mounted to my barracuda I would gladly swap out my other bindings for these.  All in all I expected to be impressed and these delivered.  
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http://www.switchbackbindings.com/howto

quick vid that shows the ease of assembly and disassembly.
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  Quote )(nfinit)( Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/11/2014 at 5:36am
so an update:  have about 10-15 days on these bindings now.  They are still my favorite.  Only time they became a real pita was trying to switch through boards during SIA.  the footbed isn't the easiest to remove.   I don't switch bindings too much so it's not a deal breaker but would definitely like to see some improvement there.  

these will be my go to binding for the foreseable future.
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Do you find the customizability useful or is it just a gimmick? How do you adjust forward lean? Is this a mostly park binding or can you get stiffer components somehow. How is the construction quality?

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they are medium flex bindings but they are really comfy. but be prepare they are heavier than your average bindings on the market(you can tell by carrying the board around). it's one of the two real tool less adjustable bindings that you don't need a screw driver to adjust anything(beside flux bindings). interchangeable parts make it easy on the wallet than getting different bindings, but it lack of choice if you looking for anything softer or stiffer. overall it's really solid medium flex bindings.
as for forward lean, you'll have to get the fl highback to get it dial. it lack of highback rotation as there is just one set place to get it lock in. but i don't find it problematic even with +18/-12 angle that i have (and i rotated all my other bindings: union, flux, technine etc).

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pretty much what bataleon said.  Though they are roughly the same weight as my Rome Mod Boss.  I will be adding another pair to the collection at some point.  They are also great to work with.
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