Ride's Preston Preston EX Bindings
By Cori Jones
Over the last
several years companies have been working hard to develop the perfect
binding, Ride Snowboards, has managed to emerge as a leader with their
well designed and crafted Preston strap in bindings. The Preston binding
line-up consists of the LS, LX, EX and the Jeff Brushie pro models. All
the models feature an aluminum base plate, adjustable high backs, and
basically the same ratcheting systems. The differences come in small
things like the padding on the straps, the toe ramp and heal "shock"
pads, and color and style. When I bought my Ride Timeless the package
came with the Preston EX bindings, they are at the top of the Preston
From the first time I strapped in I have had a tough time connecting
the toe strap. The design requires some tricky strap tucking with both
sides of the toe strap, so it is definitely a two-hand job strapping
in. The ankle strap on the other hand is super easy to connect. Once
I got them on right I noticed that the ankle strap rides slightly low.
That means the pressure from the ankle strap pushes more down against
the top of my foot than back against my shin. This caused me a lot of
pain until I got used to it. The aluminum base plates are quite thin
which allows your boot to stay close to the board giving you more feel
than other thicker bindings. Because the base is aluminum, the Preston
bindings are quite rigid, this allows for instant, efficient energy
transfer from your legs and feet to the board.
After A Full Season:
I grew to love the Preston EX bindings. The more I got used to them
and the way they hold my feet the more I was able to loosen the death
grip I usually put my feet into by ratcheting the bindings down as
hard as I possibly can. As I was able to loosen the bindings my feet
became a lot more comfortable.
My one major gripe remains the difficult to use toe strap. Ride has
changed the toe strap for the 2001 model it will have the same ratchet
system on the ankle and the toe, making it a lot easier to strap in.
I have heard from others that they have had problems with their
ratchets and straps breaking. I haven't seen this happen however as
I mentioned I have been able to ride the bindings a little looser,
reducing stress on the straps.
All in all I think the Preston EX bindings are excellent bindings.
They are a reasonable deal at about $160.00 a pair. They hold your
feet well and are lightweight. I would recommend them for almost
Cori Jones is a new contributor to GearReview.com
and specializes in snownboarding and mountain biking.
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