Binding Review: 08-09 Salomon Relay-Elite
14 Nov, 2008
Location: Loveland, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Snowing with hardpacked groomers to icy groomers to fresh snow on the runs.
Setup: I rode the Salomon relay-elite bindings on the Salomon Sick Stick and Salomon Sanchez with my Vans Omni Focus boots.
Time to set up the binding: Average time
Fit: The ankle strap was centered and adjusted to my boot. The toe strap when I took it out with the Sanchez kept slipping over my toe no matter how tight I got it. I adjusted the toe strap to the inner hole when I took out the Sick Stick which made it better and not slipping during riding. However the toe strap really doesn’t fit my boots that well.
First Impression: The toe strap and me hate each other.
Appearance: Kind of reminded me of curtains that my grandma would like. They aren’t bad looking, I just think they have more flare than they need.
Comfort: The ankle strap is pretty bulky but a good soft flexing strap against the boot. The highback fit my boot shape and the baseplate cover offers padding beneath the toes and heels making it a very comfortable ride down the slopes.
Functionality: Despite some extra flare on the binding that you didn’t need, the functionality has gotten better. It offers tool free strap adjustment but I didn’t mess around with the adjustment except on the toe strap I needed to move it to the inner hole to make it fit my boot better.
Flex: The women’s relay-e had a stiffer highback offering stable flex and hold when riding on heel edge…that was my favorite part of the bindings was being able to drive onto my heels and hold it. It had a softer lateral flex which I liked so I could lean and drive into turns.
Response: Quicker response with the highback and relay system which really was nice when riding. I had no problems driving onto my heels into the turns and holding it without washing out. Whether it was pressing on the toes or heels, I’d have instant response for turning.
Toe Strap: I really had to crank it down and I didn’t feel confident that it fit my boot at all. It surprises me cause the toe strap is pretty big and so for it not to fit is surprising. Somehow with my Vans Omni focus boots…it wasn’t the best fit to my boot and the only binding that I really struggled with to get it to work.
Overall Impression: I liked the padding on the toe and heel of the baseplate, very comfortable to ride on and absorbed the chattery bumps. They are a comfortable binding, the ankle strap reminds me of flux, rather bulky but with good comfortable support. I’ve been warming up to the relay system, definitely some plusses but unfortunately that toe strap just hates me.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The toe strap frustrated me and it shouldn’t. Whether I rocked it as cap or over…it just didn’t work with my boots. Either I need to sit down and spend more time to adjust them or just move on. Definitely something I think could be improved.
Salomon Women’s Relay-Elite Description