Yesterday we were reviewing the Works bindings from Rossignol Snowboards. They are really performant but quite classical. Today we want to focus on two innovations that can be found on bindings this season. Let’s have a look at the new back entry system on the Apo Espresso and the soft heel cup found on the Salomon Relay bindings.

salomonrelay.JPGThe Relay system looks set to revolutionise what we have come to expect from a soft binding. The cornerstone of the Relay system is the ankle harness. This is based around a heel loop made from flexible material; this gives a 3D tightening around the boot whilst promoting more naturally smooth ankle movements. Allied to this is a Tensor System which is a sliding rod and wire construction that transfers 100% of riding energy on heelside turns direct to the edge. To top off the advanced construction of the Relay the baseplate is constructed of two independent parts. The first part carries the structural elements of the binding, whilst the second part carries the foot. The Relay might be the future of snowboard bindings. Check out the website dedicated to the Relay here.

apoespresso.jpgThe Apo Expresso bindings offer a new back entry system. Like Flow bindings they have a folding spoiler. However they also offer a classic two straps design.
The spoiler is released by strapping down a tensor system which then opens up the heel cup like a saloon door!
The binding is light, quite responsive and the feeling is not different from riding with ‘regular bindings’.