For years snowboarders have had to deal with traditional two-strap bindings that are cumbersome and slow to get into. It has been a necessary evil that you must take extra time to tighten your strap bindings every time you get off the lift. This is even more annoying on a powder day while everyone else is poaching the fresh tracks.
Now a new binding from Swiss brand Nidecker has changed the game for snowboarders everywhere. Their new binding, the Supermatic, offers a slip-in, dual-strap entry system that makes getting in and out of snowboard bindings a breeze.
“Supermatic is a game-changer, it’s the revolution snowboarding was waiting for! An automatic binding that works like a normal two-strap. I’ve ridden it in all conditions, deep powder, park, backcountry, and had zero issues. Top!”
– Mathieu Crépel, French professional snowboarder
How does it work?
The new binding offers ease of performance, automatic operation, and a universal design that accommodates any style of snowboard boots. First, riders must adjust the binding for their boots and lock in the settings. From there, it’s easy. Users will simply slide their boot into the wide opening and stomp down on the heel to lock it in place. A heel cup roller makes it easy for the boot to slide in, no matter the snow conditions. Then they are ready to shred. A simple lever releases the binding to make getting out just as simple. You still get the locked-in feeling of straps, but you don’t have to tighten them every time.
The binding has been in development for four years and is appropriate for new riders up to professionals. It is rated mid-stiff to appeal to a wide variety of levels. It is made with the highest quality materials and backed by Nidecker’s full warranty against manufacture defects. The Supermatic is priced at $399.95.
Drop-in technology looks to be the future of snowboarding. The video below shows how easy it is to set up and use the bindings.