Binding Review: 08-09 Technine Suerte
12 Mar, 2008
Location: Keystone, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Cold, overcast with hard packed groomed runs.
Setup: I rode the Technine Suerte on the DC XFB with my Vans Omni Focus boots.
Time to set up the binding: Average time
Fit: With my boot it wasn’t the best fit to the toe strap of the binding. My boot is more rounded and in the 3rd photo below you can actually see that the toe strap does not mold that well to my boot. I needed to adjust the bindings better to make it fully match up to my boot toebox.
First Impression: Wow, this is softer than I expected but really comfortable with the straps. Lets hope I can make it down without breaking the binding.
Appearance: I fully expected a band of gangster’s to surround me as I rode down the mountain. Definitely an interesting style, but doesn’t suit me at all in terms of appearance.
Comfort: The ankle strap is very comfortable with a lot of cushioning and molds fine to the boot even though it seemed bulky at first.
Functionality: Technine has the Baltimore cap strap which definitely offers comfort while keeping your boot locked into the binding without shifting. I prefer bindings with regular straps but riding the cap strap has a lot to offer as well.
Flex: The suerte’s were definitely a softer more park orientated binding offering a good amount of lateral flex as well as a softer highback with more flex.
Response: I found it too soft for freeriding but at the same time super easy to manuver into buttering and presses. Definitely if I rode park more and wanted a softer binding, I’d like it a lot.
Toe Strap: Definitely the fit was off with the toe strap but I like the new design overall. When it comes to capstrap’s having the space in the middle definitely helps grip the boot and adjust better. It just requires matching it to your boot which in my case, didn’t happen.
Overall Impression: The Suerte was a functional binding, I needed to adjust the fit better but even still, it was a softer binding than I would prefer to ride. In term of quality, every Technine binding I have rode has been very comfortable while offering a more freestyle softer binding on the market.