It does not always have to be the top-notch! Sometimes we have to rethink what we actually need and if it´s worth spending a lot of money. Don´t get me wrong, bindings have their prices for a reason, but how many days do you actually spend on the snow? If your answer is “a few”, or you possible want a cheap, second binding for the terrain park, than keep reading and check out this Salomon Rhythm Bindings Review.
A price tag of not even 140$ with a name like Salomon on it – that sounds like a good deal. With the Salomon Rhythm they put together a solid binding for the beginner to intermediate casual snowboarder. What you need is consistency and it´s hard to get that on rental gear. The Rhythm is perfect for everyone who is ready to spend some money on their own stuff after mastering the first turns.
Or maybe you´re just committed enough to start snowboarding with your personal gear. That´s a good choice! If you can ride the same set up every time, that is definitely having a positive impact on your learning curve. Consistency! 🙂
Salomon Rhythm Bindings Review
The Salomon Rhythm has a soft flexibility of 2. That makes it really forgiving, great for starters or park focused riders. I am quite surprised how many features Salomon put into the 2018 version of the Rhythm while keeping it at such an attractive price tag. We will take a closer look on what you get further down.
Tons of features, small price tag
Many would call them just “not as fancy” and that is about right. For such a price you don´t get super high-strength materials and just basic, but essential features like an adjustable forward lean. I can´t stress enough that such features are the ones you really need and end up using.
There are stronger, better, more comfortable bindings packed with more tech out there, but like I already mentioned, how many days do you actually ride and do you really need such gear? Maybe not and the money you save here, is well spent somewhere else – like another day pass in your favourite resort!
…Who is it for?
It´s called an all-mountain freestyle binding and therefore goes well with everyone who rides a more mellow style and needs room for failure.
It can be for you if
you Don´t want any more rental
- The Rhythm is perfect to call it your very first binding. Consistency is key to improve your riding and thats hard to get on rental. And by the way, the price of renting gear adds up pretty quickly.
you Need a cheap binding for the park
- It´s really soft, therefore gives you room for failure and is easy on your wallet. If you want two sets of bindings, there your are. It has a lot of adjustments, too.
It probably has the best price / features Ratio
- You really do get a lot for what you pay, so if you´re on a budget, that one definitely is a good choice. Take closer look on the features further down, but to name two for now: the canted footbed and a asymmetrical highback!
Consider a different one if you
Need really good performance
- If you go fast, you´re also going to need something stiffer. I would not take the Rhythm free riding, actually I would spend more dollars in general on something more durable for that.
Your idea is to stick with your binding for a looong time
- You might consider the Rhythm as your first binding, but are you also hoping it is the last one you will have to buy in the next years? In that case, I encourage you to shake out some extra bucks and go for something overall nicer and maybe a medium flex. Just to ensure that it keeps you happy for a long time.
If that doesn´t help you, please leave a comment below with some more information about yourself and I am more than happy to help you pick the right binding!
Features in detail
Fits on 2×2, 4×4 and the channel. Find out more about mounting systems here.
Soft FLEX at about 2. Makes it forgiving and good to manoeuvre at slow speeds. The result is a mellow ride and a good tweak ability.
The Rhythm does have a lot of features. Just the base plate alone comes with a
- 2.5° canted foot bed – a more natural stance and therefore easy on your knees! More pop as well. Usually only found on higher priced bindings.
- adjustable toe-ramp – the right fit is crucial and small adjustments can sometimes be necessary to nicely fit your boot into the binding.
- EVA-padding – cushioned from heel to toe for good comfort.
- Salomon´s IMS (integrated mounting system). Sounds really fancy but it simply keeps your screws locked in the base plate so they don´t get lost. Quite handy! 🙂
Just like on higher priced bindings, the Rhythm´s highback is asymmetrical. That gives your more support and less fatigue since they follow the natural stance of your legs.
Salomon´s very own vibration filter is on board as well, called HB-filter. Less vibrations means more comfort and more riding! Together with the tool-less adjustable forward lean, there is not much you are going to miss.
Freshly made for 2018, the 3D shaped straps provide a great fit and are fully cushioned for more comfort. The toe-strap is re-designed as well and lock´s in your boots. It can´t be used as a cap strap, though!
You also get tool-less adjustability on your straps. Make sure they always sit centred over your boots for the best control and comfort.
Easy to use and they close pretty quick what´s handy and comfortable. Less cranking and solid construction. Nothing fancy but all you need!
– Upshot –
a lot in the box for your dollars
The Rhythm is made for people who don´t hit the slopes every day. You get a forgivable binding for a mellow ride, suitable for a lot of terrain. It´s packed with essentials features and some extras as well, which you are going to appreciate. They are solid, reliable and far better than any worn-out rental bindings you might get on your next trip. Don´t go too hard on them and you end up having great bindings until you feel like something new and maybe more responsive.
Like I said, totally suitable as a second binding on your skate banana or whatever you ride in the park.
Get a quick overview again by the guys from Absolute Snow
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As always, let me know if you need further assistance! Bindings can be overwhelming and I am happy to help you find the perfect one for your style! Any experience with the Rhythm or Salomon bindings at all? Let us know!
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