Binding Review: 11-12 Technine Jib
27 May, 2011
Location: Winter Park, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Technine Jibs on the Unity Reverse with my Vans Veil Boots size 8.
Time to set up the binding: Average time to set up since I grabbed the bindings from Technine and took them to Unity to mount up.
Fit: The Technine Jibs make my boots look small with the ankle strap and baltimore toe strap but the overall fit is there with the width/length of the binding and the straps worked with my boots just fine.
First Impression: The jibs don’t really mesh with the unity reverse but they are bright, soft and playful.
Appearance: If you like 80′s rock, bright colors and crazy fun designs, these are the bindings for you. They even say “acid washed perfection” in the catalog so you know these are bright spunky bindings you are rocking on your feet. I rocked the orchid colorway but the black colorway is my favorite of the two, it’s more blue, purple and green than pink, orange and purple.
Comfort: The Technine jibs are a really comfortable, forgiving park binding for the females. I thought the ankle straps and toe straps were locked into my boots so much that I barely felt them (which can be good and bad). For overall comfort, they were top-notch. Padding in the EVA techbed that help absorb bumps.
Functionality: Technine bindings are built to come apart and be customizeable if you want them to. The women’s pro geomtetry takes the designs of the men’s bindings and creates them to be functional and designed for women. They feature the baltimore toe strap designed to pull the boot down and into the heelcup, the ankle strap is the comfort king II dual density EVA ankle strap (same as men but designed for women). The bindings are tool free quick adjust and totally adjustable. If you don’t want the highback, you don’t need it.
Flex: The jibs stick to their name and are a softer flex binding designed for the park. I still found I could ride with them while freeriding but they were on the softer more forgiving end so less responsive overall when riding.
Response: When you tone down the softness and flexibility, you lose some responsiveness in the binding. The jibs were less responsive but also more forgiving of a ride. It required more effort to ride but if I made a mistake, it wouldn’t punish me on the slopes either.
Toe Strap: I’ve used the Baltimore toe strap many times from Technine and it’s definitely a cupping toe strap that keeps your boot locked into the binding. I find it has more stability than others and you feel locked in.
Overall Impression: The jibs are that softer very comfortable Technine binding meant for park destroying and easy riding. They are comfortable, forgiving and let you enjoy the ride down the hill.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The bindings weren’t a good match for the Unity Reverse I rode it with but definitely a softer park board would have been more fun to play with them on.
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On Snow Photos
Technine Jib 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.