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Carrying forward the “one-touch” concept that debuted last year, Ride Snowboards is updating and expanding their Contraband binding lineup. As many of you have seen, Ride is pioneering a new single strap/ratchet technology aimed at improving both ease-of-use and performance. With the addition of Ride’s new “V-Strap” system to the already light-weight MVMNT chassis, riders now have but one set of clicks to adjust, freeing up more time for turns.

The Ride Contraband binding setup has received mixed reviews from developers, testers, and consumers, although most riders find them quite comfortable and user-friendly when adjusted properly. Most complaints are the direct result of improper adjustment, or lack thereof, giving the rider an unbalanced perspective on the Contraband’s performance. I would HIGHLY recommend you watch Ride’s online tutorial and visit a reputable shop before making a full judgment on the Contraband binding’s capabilities. Once tweaked appropriately for their particular boot, most riders refuse another binding. Remember, it’s all in the setup.

Updates on the Ride Contraband for the 2009/2010 season include new Comfort-Flex highbacks, urethane Rollbar basepads, previously seen on the Alpha and Beta MVMNT bindings, and most noticeably, the Wedgie 2.5 footbeds. Ride now offers four levels of canted, or angled, footbeds designed to suit any riders’ style. With the 1.5, 2.5, 3.0, or 4.0 footbeds, riders can quickly and easily adjust their underfoot angle improving control, drive, and pop. These optional footbeds work particularly well for those of us who ride a wide stance and, interestingly enough, can be swapped between any binding in the lineup excluding the LX, LXh, and junior bindings.


  1. Wedgies aren’t just for dorks anymore!

  2. i put somewhere around 35 days in my pair last season and they never failed from the park to the pow and they are super fast to get in and out of.

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