Binding Review: 09-10 Technine Nines
23 May, 2009
Location: Keystone, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Overcast with hardpacked groomers to a mixture of conditions.
Setup: I rode the Technine Nines with the O-matic sweet and my Rome Vamp size 8 boots.
Time to set up the binding: Average set up time.
Fit: Some space in the width of the bindings and the width of my boots that I noticed, heel was secure in the highback and straps were adjusted to fit the boots.
First Impression: Super padded and comfortable with less response
Appearance: They definitely stand out with the gold color that I was rocking. Definitely with the bulky straps you notice the lettering even more with the right binding saying TECH and the left binding saying NINE. I like the white colorway that the binding is offered in more than the gold.
Comfort: These bindings are all comfort, a lot of padding in the straps to the baseplate. The ankle strap has the bulk of the padding and covers a lot of the boot. The straps definitely look huge in regards to the boots.
Functionality: The nines feature tool-free quick adjust ladders making it easy to adjust the straps if you need to. I didn’t encounter any issues with the straps at the time, easy to get in and out of. Adjustable toe and heel ramps as well.
Flex: The nines are overall a softer flex binding which make it a more park orientated binding. The highbacks still have good support because of the height but the straps and lateral flex are softer. The response time was a little less than ideal for freeriding but it made up for that when it came time to press and butter, easy to hold without feeling like the binding was digging into you.
Response: I was taken aback by the little response that the nines offered, definitely a softer flexing binding, I had to work harder to control the board with the bindings. They were super comfortable but I wouldn’t rock them on the entire mountain.
Toe Strap: First thing I noticed was how bulky the Baltimore toe strap was but there was definitely no adjustment needed since it covered a lot of the toebox of the boot. I didn’t notice any uneven pressure coming from the toe strap when riding.
Overall Impression: Technine definitely makes some soft comfortable bindings, the Baltimore toe strap though bulky does it’s job on the mountain and offers a toe strap that can work with a variety of boots and keep you in the binding when riding. If you want a women’s park binding that is soft and comfy, this is it.
Shay’s Honesty Box: This was definitely a case of where the board and binding combo didn’t match, the extre-eco would have been better with a more responsive binding and the nines would have been better with a softer park board. But the Nines did have a lot of padding and made for a really soft comfy ride but I wouldn’t ride them everywhere on the mountain.