Ride 2011 Optimo Contraband Review
I got my first glimpse of the Optimo Contraband back at the begining of January when I was in Seattle and swung by the Ride office to say hi and take a little tour of the facilities. So, I was lucky as I immediately got to look at everything and play with it rather then just see it in a catalog.
I decided to ride this binding on every Ride board I took out at the Snowbasin demo and even threw them on a DC board since they didn't have any binders.
New features that I love!
*New Highback Rotation. It's simple easy to do and you can micro adjust it instead of just having three holes!
*New Tray. You can make every adjustment you need to the binding while it's attached to your board! So you can adjust the new AeroGrip V-Strap, heelcup/toe ramp adjustment without taking it off your board. But, you should spend some time getting it centered to your boot before you put it on your board and then make micro adjustments to the heelcup or toeramp after mounting.
*New Highback. Now, I've been riding the 11' Nitrane for 2 months now, which has the same highback as the Optimo. I was a bit skeptical when I first saw it but I absolutely love it. The new design allows the highback to torsionally flex from top to bottom (all the way down to the heelcup). When you rotate them to be parallel to your heelside edge and start pushing up them to turn hard and spin you notice a huge difference, but at the same time don't feel the highback at all.
*AeroGrip V-Strap. Super Easy to adjust and get centered on your boot. The new system is dialed and took me a matter of a couple of minutes in the tent to get dialed into my insanos.
*Micro Disc. The binding tray has a very reduced "foot print" including a smaller disc to improve flex under foot. I wouldn't say I noticed some MEGA difference in flex, but the tray is comfortable, damp and felt great on every deck I had it on.
This WILL be the binding I ride next season. It takes everything I love about the contraband series, improves upon the little complaints that some people have had and gives you a solid binding that will perform anywhere on the mountain. If you've been a fan of the contraband the last couple of seasons, you should upgrade. If you have been hesitant about getting on the contrabands thus far, now is the time to pull the trigger as the Optimo takes care of all those little things that have made you hesitant in jumping on them.
Feel free to fire off any questions you may have, as I'm sure you probably have them.
I'm on summer vacation, I'll be back when Ride launches their new 13/14 website.