Hello and welcome to my NOW B-Line snowboard bindings review.
In this review, I will take a look at the B-Line as freestyle snowboard bindings (though you could also use them as casual all-mountain bindings).
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the B-Line a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other freestyle bindings.
NOTE: NOW seem to have changed the name to "Pro-Line" since the demo model. Though looks to be still called B-Line with some retailers. The NOW "Pro-Line" and "B-Line" are the same thing.
Binding: NOW B-Line 2021 (aka Pro-Line)
Flex Rating: Medium-Soft (4/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Soft (4/10)
Rating Score: 74.7/100
Compared to other Men’s Freestyle Bindings
Out of the 20 men’s freestyle bindings that I rated:
Overview of the B-Line's Specs
Check out the tables for the B-Line’s specs and available sizes.
Freestyle but would also work well as casual all-mountain and for beginners
A touch lighter than normal
2 x 4 | 4 x 4
US BOOT SIZE
EURO BOOT SIZE
UK BOOT SIZE
Who are the B-Line Most Suited To?
The B-Line is a softer flexing binding, that works best for more playful freestyle riding or casual all-mountain. And also works well as a beginner binding. Best suited to those looking for next level shock absorption.
Best matched with boards around that 3-5/10 flex range.
The B-Line in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the B-Line are capable of.
Binding: NOW B-Line 2021, M
Date: March 3, 2020
Conditions: Limited visibility. Started without snow but snowed most of the time, but pretty wet snow though.
Quite cold with wind. Think it was around -8°C (17.6°F) with wind. -2°C (28.4°F) without. My fingers were certainly feeling it. Quite windy.
Snow was pretty good for the most part. On groomer some harder spots but mostly medium. Off groomer medium with some crunchy spots.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 550mm (21.7″)
Board demoed with: Rossignol One LF
Baseplate Length: 25.4cm (10”)*
*measured on the top side of the footbed - 23.3cm (9.17") at base of baseplate
Highback Height: 19.5cm (7.7”)*
* from bottom of heel cup to top of highback
Height from top of footbed to top of highback: 26.5cm (10.4")
Weight: 860g (1lb 14oz)
* for one binding, including screws and disc. The average weight of a small sample size of around 30 bindings (2019, 2020 & 2021 models) I weighed, was 895 grams. The lightest was 760 grams and the heaviest was 1,020grams. So the B-Line is a little lighter than the average.
The B Line felt just on the softer side of medium. Around a 4/10, maybe pushing 4.5/10.
Can get into a reasonably decent carve on these for their flex, and can handle speed ot an extent. Not a binding that will help to get your carves super deep or a real bomber, and not one that's going to drive a stiffer board very well, but not too bad for it's flex either.
Good for maneuverability at slow speeds.
Average board feel. It's not terrible, but it's nothing great either.
Felt like I couldn't get as much out of my ollies with these vs my test bindings (Burton Malavita)
Heel Cup: No
Stance Width: Can run disc vertically or horizontally, so if they work as is in terms of centering your bindings across the board, then there is good stance width adjustability (i.e. when you can run the disc horizontally). However, with no heel cup movement or any gas pedal adjustments, there's less chance of getting that centering right without having to run the disc vertically.
Highback Lean: Tool-less
Ankle Strap Position: No
Toe Strap Position: No
Ankle and toe strap length: Yes tool-less
Gas pedal/toe ramp extension: No
Highback Rotation: No
Compatible with: 2 x 4 | 4 x 4 – need a separate disc for channel mounting
So overall not overly adjustable.
Also had some issues in terms of mounting them. Had to sync at least 2 screws without washers and even then one of the holes just wouldn't go with their screws and had to use another screw I had on me, which was longer. This might only be an issue with some boards, but it was a pain.
I found too, that the tool-less ankle and toe strap adjusters have quite sharp corners which made them quite painful to turn, when you're hands are cold. A small detail, but something to mention.
So good! Noticeably less chatter than with the Malavita, which have good shock absorption themselves. Didn't notice that much difference in terms of flat landings, but noticeably better for chatter.
This is an area where NOW is, IMO, ahead of the rest of the binding world. That Skate Tech, the way the bushings absorb chatter and the plush feeling footbeds make these awesome shock abosrbers.
The straps felt a bit grabby. Certainly more so than other NOW bindings I've tested. Not sure if it was just this pair for whatever reason, but they were a little sticky/grabby for me.
Overall pretty comfortable, but not super comfortable.
Ankle Strap: Not a big fan of the ankle strap, but not terrible or anything.
Toe Strap: Dito ankle strap.
Canted Footbed: No
Padded Footbed: Really nicely padded footbed, nice to stand on - and the minimal chatter nature of these bindings overall, helps with their comfort.
Highback: No padding on the highback, but didn't get any calf-bite and that's the main thing.
Decent without being great.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the B-Line is a binding for those that want a softer flexing binding with awesome shock absorption and aren't too worried about board feel/adjustability.
A good binding for the price, but there are a few things about them that I didn't like and could be improved on, IMO, mostly in terms of ease of mounting, adjustability and making the tool-less components on the straps a little more rounded on the edges.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to check out some other freestyle binding options, or if you want to compare how the B-Line compare to other freestyle bindings, then check out the next link.