The NOW IPO bindings look really nice in the shelf, but how to they cope on the slopes? NOW changed a bit to make this binding even more versatile and better than last years. It comes with the unique Kingpin SkateTech technology and an incredible comfortable footbed. Is this the right binding for you?
NOW IPO BINDINGS
The NOW IPO Bindings call the whole mountain their home and come around with a really attractive price tag just over 200$. They do have their focus slightly on freestyle but really are versatile and can make you happy riding almost every terrain – made for the intermediate to advanced rider. For around 40$ you get the Kingpin Tool-less Kit, which gives you the freedom of changing your Bindings to your second board in minutes, without tools obviously 😛
The allover Flex is set to a medium-stiff 6 but the response can be adjusted with bushings to your liking. The bushings work together with the SkateTech technology and go a new way to improve riding. We will have a closer look on that further down! Also, the Highback is quite soft and combined with the exchangeable bushings and the really comfortable footbed, that leads to the focus on freestyle.
The NOW IPO is known for their quite small Highback (therefore often called lowback) which is 15mm longer than the years before. The way the binding is made still allows riding completely without the Highback which gives you more freedom and options to discover your favourite way of riding. If you end up using it? No one knows until you try but if you need extrem freedom in movement, it might be surprisingly handy!
We will have a closer look on the features next, but first lets find out if this could be right binding for you.
Who is it for?
Already mentioned, the NOW IPO basically are all-mountain bindings. The smaller Highback and medium flex make it not the right choice for freeride only, though. Other than that, they cope good on most terrain and offer adjustability.
The bindings are the right choice if:
You Feel home everywhere, but you really like parks
- Your day is filled with shredding every terrain, but carving comes second over kickers, rails and jibs
A really soft footbed is crucial for you
- That footbed is comfortable! If you need a binding to curb hits really good, thats the one
You ride two boards very often
- The Tool-less Kingpin System makes it crazy easy to change your bindings on your second board. Find out more below
Consider a different one in case:
You just started
- The NOW IPO has technology you might just not need, yet. Highback on/off, bushing soft/medium/hard? What? Go for a softer and basic all-mountain binding.
You like it very(!) responsive
- If you crank down your binding to the limit, this binding might be just not responsive enough, less that other bindings with the same FLEX.
You have always a set focus
- If you ride a specific terrain like 80% of the day, get a binding that is made for exactly that.
As always, this is just to give you an idea. If you have further questions, please drop a comment below and I will get back to you!
The features in detail
Out of the box they fit on 2×4 and 4×4 with a 50% GF Nylon disc but the Channel disc can be bought separately. Good to go for every board!
The Tool-less Kingpin system can be bought for an extra 40$ and you get two more baseplates. Without the need of tools, your binding move over to your second board in no time.
Medium response, 6, but it comes with a soft and short highback and adjustable bushing. Find out your flex here.
Let´s have a closer look on the SkateTech™ technology. Inspired by skateboard trucks, it reduces foot fatigue and board chatter, enhances board control and edge hold and let you customize response and damping.
Inspired by how easily and efficiently a skateboard turns; major components of our system mimic both the function and description of skateboard trucks. The ‘Hanger’ powerfully transfers energy input from the straps to the bushings and onto the edges of your board. The Kingpin acts as a fulcrum, magnifying this energy through leverage. Traditional bindings diminish energy transfer by the flexing and bending of their baseplate, forcing you to crank your straps down harder, ride with more forward lean, or run taller and stiffer highbacks. This all leads to more foot fatigue and pain. NOW bindings bypass the middle of the snowboard and direct your energy right onto the board’s edges. They simply transfer more power to the board with less work, meaning your feet will stay more relaxed and comfortable, longer
Check out the video to see exactly how it works:
Often called lowback since it´s significantly shorter than other highbacks, although they added 15mm compared to last years. That gives you freedom but can cost response. It is softer than the rest of the binding, pre-rotated by 10° and the forward lean can be adjusted with no tools.
You can take the highback off and with that comes one issue: The highcup, that thing that goes around your heel, has always direct contact with your boots and therefore has to fit perfectly.
The SIEVA-Straps are made out of one piece with more comfort, less weight and high durability. They can be easily adjusted without the need of tools.
The 3D minimal toe strap nicely fits over your boots toes and can not be used as a cap strap. You want to have your boots pulled tightly to the back since you need that nice and firm contact with your heelcup.
Redesigned buckles 2.0 for more durability and easy to use. Updated levers and springs let get in and out fast. Nothing really fancy here, but they do what they are supposed to do.
Upshot – A lot of freedom but not for everyone
The NOW IPO is a great binding. But I do have to say here, you either love it, or hate it. The medium flex feels relatively soft and if you want a lot of response without riding a stiff binding, it might be not the right choice for you.
I ride most of the time the 2015 model and love it! It is very playful, has an extremely comfortable footbed and offers great ways to personalize to fit your own style. Although, make sure your boots fit really good into that heelcup.
For a very reasonable prize you get a playful, all-mountain binding with the focus on freestyle. Are you looking for something more responsive? Check out my review about the Burton Genesis
If you have any questions or input, please leave a comment below! I will get back to you and I am more than happy to help you out. Do you ride this binding? Let us know!