Ride El Hefe Snowboard Binding
Originally, the purpose of a binding was to hold your foot to a board—literally a board during the early days of the sport. Decades later, we are looking at the Ride El Hefe Snowboard Binding as a the prime example that the binding has moved well beyond 'holding a foot to a board.' Everything is re-thought, re-tooled, and tested over and over by some of today's heavy hitters.
- Infinity chassis is super light, flexible for freestyle fun, and features the adjustability of Micro-Disc mounting
- Urethane Rollbar basepad provides dampening and cushioning required for stepping up to big park features
- Includes 2.5-, 4.0-, and 5.0-degree canted footbeds to dial in your preferred amount of canting to match your stance and riding style
- Eclipse RS highback maximizes response and reduces weight with the use of Ride's top-secret alloy material
- Lightweight, minimalist Thin Flex ankle strap comes pre-contoured for the best fit and uses pre-formed neoprene in place of thick padding
- 3D ThinGrip tool-less toe strap provides the best fit and grip possible with none of the pressure
- Flipside mount strap design flips and holds the ankle strap open for easier entry
- AstroGlyde LT ratchets are constructed from lightweight aluminum with a minimalist aesthetic
- Forged aluminum Microdisc is 30% lighter than the standard disc and is compatible with 2x4 insert patterns as well as the channel
- Included zippered soft case features dedicated compartments for bindings, Wedgie footbeds, Microdiscs, and hardware
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5 days ago
Not sure why the other reviews are focused on complaining about last year's model. Just bought my second set of 2012-13 El Hefe's. I've ridden a variety of bindings going back over 20 years, searching for a combo with my boots that isn't uncomfortable. Found it here. My top impressions:
1. Stiff, responsive yet forgiving.
2. Straps feel like they're not even there. Some of this could be attributable to the boots, but these straps are the most comfortable I've ever come across. Ankle strap distributes pressure so evenly, you may be fooled into over-tightening. Toe strap is incredibly secure.
3. Chassis is highly adjustable and low profile. All the excess material used on Burtons and the like is unnecessary here.
4. Wedgie footbeds are great. I used cant pads/blocks in the early 90s and wondered where in hell they went in the 00s. Allows for a more natural and powerful position. Tuck that rear knee for legit carves.
5. Well engineered and produced.
6. People seem drawn to the Spectrachrome.
7. Any hints of moronic camouflage have been removed.
what a let down
November 4, 2012
I've had a few pairs of these, last years i loved the bases but i'd chew threw ladder straps every day, sometimes just buckling up loosely in the lift line they would chew.( the previous pair would last a few weeks, then need to be replaced). I contacted ride and they said they have never heard of this problem before.
well long story short, i exchanged emails with them all winter. they questioned my snowboard knowledge constantly( riding 24 years), asking if i knew how to downsize my boot( 14s riding in 12s). they sent me a bunch of replacement parts and finally admitted that i wasn't the only one having the problem. But just throwing inferior parts at it did not resolve the problem. I felt the ankle strap was too long, asked for a shorter one, said i was wrong.
went union, never looked back, never had an issue. what do you know the union straps lock in super tight, no chewing straps, and are shorter?!?!?!
Research out-of-stock versions:
- Eclipse RS
- Ankle Strap:
- Toe Strap:
- 3D ThinGrip
- Infinity (aluminium)
- Baseplate Padding:
- Wedgie 2.5, Wedgie 4.0, Wedgie 5.0, Urethane Rollbar
- Ratchet Type:
- AstroGlyde LT (cored aluminium)
- medium-stiff (8 of 10 on Ride's scale)
- 4-hole, channel