When I ride, I need a binding that is going to get it done when I decide to lap the park. And straight line it down the fresh groom. And hunt for stashes out of bounds. And take on the tightest tree runs. Basically, the things that connect my boots to my board have got to perform anywhere on the mountain. The NOW IPO Bindings are the pair that gets that job done.
The problem with so many bindings out there is that power has been sacrificed in the name of flexibility in the baseplate and highback. All that lost energy is a sad story. Thankfully, the NOW IPO’s recapture that energy with the Kingpin that acts as a fulcrum for some seriously impressive power transfer. It makes getting edge to edge instantaneous so I can enjoy great responsiveness wherever I choose to point it.
With all this emphasis on response and power transfer, I expected most of the flexibility to be thrown out the window, but I was pleasantly surprised by how tweakable the NOW IPO bindings actually are. By no means are they as loosey goosey as some of the dedicated park bindings out there, but I still recognized their ability to deliver some freedom without being too rigid.
NOW IPO Snowboard Binding Video
In terms of comfort, the Foot Pillow lives up to its name as it dampens and absorbs shock like a champ. Even when I landed a little too far into the flat, my feet didn’t hate me thanks to that generous 15 mm of EVA. I liked the way the straps hugged my feet as well. After a full day, I never felt like they were digging or causing any discomfort.
The buckles have been upgraded for this year’s model and it was reasonably noticeable. New ladder straps and ratchets enhanced the experience of getting in and out for a quicker, more fluid process. There is nothing worse than crappy buckles, so I put a premium on not having to worry about that with this pair.
Overall, I love the versatility of the NOW IPO Bindings ($209). They provide a very acceptable amount of flex while delivering the responsiveness I crave in technical terrain. The IPOs will undoubtedly give you the confidence to step up your ride game so that you can dissect some super hairy lines and throw it down with authority.
NOW also has a new binding in the lineup, the Brigade. Learn more in our NOW Brigade Review.