Binding Review: 09-10 Ride Bandita Contrabands

10 Mar, 2009

Location: Keystone, Colorado

Snow Conditions: Overcast with hardpacked groomers to a mixture of conditions.

Setup: I rode the Ride Bandita Contrabands with the Ride Crush and my Rome Vamp size 8 boots.

Time to set up the binding: The contrabands are one of those bindings you need to adjust properly to your boot…if you don’t, it’ll be a sucky ride. Luckily for me, we adjusted them to my boot so it wasn’t sucky.

Fit: My Rome vamps looked funny in them, they fit cause I didn’t move around but I see spaces where I’m not used to seeing them and that could be me not knowing the binding as well and what’s normal or just how it works. It seemed a bit wider than I needed for my boots, I bet I could have been a better fit in the smaller size.

First Impression: I was really happy that Ride finally gave us women a contraband binding and bummed that it took a year. First impression is it’s weird in a good way and I kept thinking I have camel toe on my foot.

Appearance: Polka Dots meets stripe infusion in black/white. You could match your underwear to the binding without any issues.

Comfort: This binding is comfortable in the cushioning in the wedgie footbed to the very padded ankle strap. It’s a lot of comfort rolled into one binding.

Functionality: It’s quick and easy, you just strap in your ankle strap and the toe strap comes over and holds your boot securely.

Flex: The ankle strap is sturdy and the lateral flex on the binding is a good amount, overall a soft flexing binding for women…definitely more freestyle, park specific so not much response to rely on outside on groomed runs. The ankle strap compensates for the lack of toe strap

Response: I would have liked more response from the highback and partially because the highback holds a lot of the control with these bindings. With the toe being held in and the abundance of cushioning, I didn’t think the highback was stiff enough for what the binding needed to make it responsive.

Toe Strap: It took some runs to get used to really not having anything there except around the big toe to hold in the boot.

Overall Impression: I didn’t hate them, but I wasn’t comfortable in them either. They were comfortable, pure comfort on the boots but it was a different feeling binding to adjust to which was interesting. Definitely for a park, easy quick into binding these are it…no bells and whistles other than the adjustments and supposed to be strong, I just still wonder about them. I’d definitely like to spend a whole day on them on harder runs than groomers.

Shay’s Honesty Box: Do I trust them, I don’t know honestly. I only rode them for the couple runs in the afternoon on groomers. Definitely a binding that I’d feel more confident about trying in a variety of conditions like pipe or trees, but then at the same time I’d have a fear of flying out and hitting objects I shouldn’t. I wish I had more time to really try them in light of the fear of flying.

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  1. Anonymous
    March 11, 2009

    are you going to review the crush

  2. Nose Dradamous
    March 12, 2009

    I rode these things too and felt the same way. Made a good snowboard ride like shit. And for the most part, i dig ride binders.

  3. Shayboarder
    March 22, 2009

    Yep crush review is coming!

    Yeah I like most of the ride women’s bindings, recommend them a lot and I’m on the fence with these.

  4. MelbaToasted
    September 13, 2009

    hey shay. great review as always… i was considering picking up the new Nitrane Contrabands this season and wanted to see if you could speak more on the comfort of the Contrabands you rode, specifically over the forefoot… were there any pressure points at all or did it feel like there was just nothing over your toes? would your boot move around at all while strapped in (shifting of the forefoot left to right or back to front)? and have you had a chance to ride any of the new 2010 Men’s Contrabands with the new V-Grip webbing strap over the toe? i’m thinking the webbing over the toe should do a lot to improve the grip of the strap and the feeling of security.

  5. September 14, 2009

    Thanks Melba!

    I didn’t encounter any pressure points but it was definitely an adjustment to the feeling on the binding with my boot. It more felt like nothing over the toes, which was the adjustment. I didn’t notice or feel my boot moving around during the riding, but they made sure to really dial them in so you wouldn’t have that. It was scary the first run with them, like ok if I move around, this is going to be miserable…but I never had that happen.

    I want to ride the men’s version with the webbing because i love that webbing they do and I think it’d give me more confidence in riding in them.