The Pilot has been designed to deliver the perfect balance of all terrain performance and freestyle mobility to deliver the optimum ride for those riders who want to ride absolutely everything on the mountain. Utilising the Skate Tech 2.0 baseplate and advanced Freestyle FLIPit strap, this really is the most versatile binding in the Now range.
Baseplate: Skate Tech Hanger 2.0 30% Fibreglass
What is SkateTech? Inspired by how easily and efficiently a skateboard turns, major components of Now's system mimic both the function and description of the skateboard trucks. The hanger powerfully transfers energy input from the straps to the bushings and onto the edges of your board. The kingpin acts as the fulcrum magnifying this energy through leverage. Traditional bindings diminish energy transfer by the flexing and bending of their baseplate, forcing you to crank your straps down harder, ride with more forward lean, or run taller and stiffer high backs. This all leads to more foot fatigue and pain. Now bindings bypass the middle of the snowboard and direct your energy right onto the boards and edges. They simply transfer more power to the board with less work meaning your feet will stay more relaxed and comfortable, longer.
Bushings: Hard (55 Shore)
Dual Injection, quick snap connection to hanger. Main contact point to board, True dampening system. Applies energy while diffusing board chatter.
Highback: Flex Hinge 2.0
Flex Hinge Technology, Higher medial side follows leg angles. Pre-rotated 10 degrees laterally, 15mm higher than the original Flex Hinge highback. Lateral hook for added support. Dampens chatter and eliminates calf bite.
Ankle Straps: Freestyle FLIPit Strap
The Now freestyle FLIPit Strap features a slightly different construction to the standard FLIPit strap but uses the same inner spine. To this Now have added two types of EVA, the first is a super cushy yet supportive, whilst the second is used to sandwich an injected spine into the stitch and turn constructed strap. This strap can be flipped between bindings to deliver either a more playful flex or a more dynamic flex.
Toe Straps: 3D Stitched
Buckles 2.0 have been redesigned with stronger levers and updated springs. These new buckles can take more abuse than ever and offers durability and peace of mind.
Dampening: EVA Footbed
This heavily cushioned pad isolates the foot from fatigue inducing vibrations meaning that not only is it more comfortable but you can ride for longer.