Binding Review: 11-12 Ride Fame
27 Mar, 2011
Location: Winter Park, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Ride Fame bindings on the Ride Farah with my Vans Veil Boots size 8.
Time to set up the binding: Average time to set up the binding, nothing major to change and felt comfortable. I had one issue with the rear ankle strap coming loose while riding and I mentioned it to Ride at the demos. Sometimes that stuff happens on the early release of gear before the production releases come out.
Fit: I rode the women’s medium size which fit my size 8 boots snugly. The boot fit in the binding width with no extra gaps. The straps adjusted fine to my boots.
First Impression: Ride has introduced a new women’s binding for aggressive women riders and it responds to your needs and demands.
Appearance: I took out the Ride Fame’s in the coral colorway which has black ankle strap and toe strap but a coral color on the baseplate and highback. The coral wasn’t a bad color either, I actually liked the design and coloring how they did it.
Comfort: Super padded ankle strap on the fame’s and very comfortable overall on the binding. The basepads have EVA cushioning so you absorb the terrain when riding. The wedge 2.5 aligns your knees to a more comfortable position.
Functionality: The ride fames were your average binding for functionality. The fame featured forged aluminum micro-disc, built for 2×4 inserts but also can mount to a slot/channel board. Ankle and toe straps had quick adjust on them so you could adjust the straps on the fly. Ratchets were good with the exception of the rear ratchet issue as mentioned early (sometimes that stuff happens at the pre-production demos).
Flex: This was my first time trying out the new Ride slingback highback for women, it had good alignment for my boots but also offered up a stiffer highback flex for response on the mountain. The fame’s were definitely a step above the aggressive DVA’s for all aggressive riding on the mountain.
Response: My notes on the Fame/Farah combo mentioned that they were the most responsive combo and how together the bindings and board made for a quick aggressive women’s board that gave you quick response with no lag time. The baseplate and highback on the fame’s were stiffer, so any toe or heel movements gave you instant response.
Toe Strap: Hands down my favorite toe strap from any company. The 3D ThinGrip toe strap has the over molded rubber webbing that is snug on your boot and no slipping whatsoever. It’s my favorite to ride and I absolutely love the webbing, grips and is a secure ride on the mountain.
Overall Impression: The Fame’s are Ride’s newest womens binding for the high end freestyle charger. This is a hard charging aggressive binding with response and comfortable flex to match. Plus is comes with the technologies like wedge2.5 and 3D thin grip toe strap, giving it the extra boost it deserves.
Shay’s Honesty Box: For the females wanting an aggressive binding, Ride delivers. First with the DVA that I’ve recommended for years and now with the Fame’s. Responsive and comfortable but also aggressive and won’t let you down. The Fame’s were a breath of fresh air to a women’s binding market that generally skips past the aggressive women riders.
On Snow Photos
Ride Fame Description
Review Disclosure: I rode this binding at the SIA on-snow. Please be aware bindings may change, this review was done in February 2011.