Hello and welcome to my NOW Select Pro bindings review.
In this review I will take a look at the Select Pro as all-mountain snowboard bindings.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Select Pro a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other all-mountain bindings.
Bindings: NOW Select Pro 2024
Price: $379 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Medium (6/10)
Flex Feel: Medium (6/10)
Rating Score: 86.6/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain Bindings
Out of the 25 men’s all-mountain bindings that I rated:
* this is based on 2023 ratings, which the Select Pro didn't come into as we hadn't tested the 2023 or prior models. This will be updated once all the 2024 scores are compiled.
Overview of the Select Pro’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Select Pro’s specs and available sizes.
2x4 | 4x4 | Channel
US BOOT SIZE
EURO BOOT SIZE
Who are the Select Pro Most Suited To?
The Select Pro are best suited to anyone looking for a mid-flexing binding that excels at both higher speed carves and slow speed turning. And even more ideal for someone who needs/wants a lot of shock/chatter absorption.
If you're looking for high-end board feel, then they're probably not for you, IMO, but for everything else, they are very capable and fun bindings.
Too stiff to be great for beginners, but definitely intermediate and up friendly.
Best matched to boards in that 4/10 to 7/10 flex range, and most ideally suited to 5/10 to 6/10 flex boards, IMO.
The Select Pro in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Select Pro are capable of.
Bindings: NOW Select Pro 2024, Medium
Date: April 13, 2023
Overcast with occasional very light flurries of snow and occasional sun breaking through at other times.
Temperature was -3°C (27°F) and -8°C (18°F) with wind, in the morning apparently, but didn't feel that cold. -2°C (28°F) and -5°C (23°F) with wind, in the afternoon.
24 hour snow: 0" (0cm)
48 hour snow: 5" (13cm)
7 day snow: 32" (81cm)
On groomer: Soft packed with hard underneath higher up. Got a little slushy lower down, later in the day.
Off groomer: Decent higher up but icy/ crunchy lower down (slush from yesterday froze overnight, I'm guessing).
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance Width: 555mm (22”)
Board demoed with: Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker
Baseplate Length: 25.8cm (10.2”) – measured on the top of the footbed. 24.5cm (9.7") on the underside of the baseplate.
Highback Height: 20.2cm (8”)
Weight: 920 grams (2lbs)*
* for one binding, including screws and disc. The average weight of a small sample size of around 80 bindings (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024 models) I have weighed is 920 grams (2lbs). So the Select Pro is bang on average and they felt normal on snow too.
I felt like I could carve better with these bindings vs my control bindings (Malavita) but most surprisingly I found these were also better for slow speed turns - and I find the Malavita really good for slow speed turns.
Versus the NOW Drive Pro, which I also rode on the same day, they were noticeably better for slower speed riding. For higher speed carves, I felt they were a little step down, but subtly, versus the Drive Pro.
I felt there's a dead spot/stiff spot laterally and medially which makes nose to tail board feel limited. Not as easy to press or ollie as my control bindings. Not terrible, but pretty average for board feel.
I found it harder to extract pop from my board in these bindings, compared to my control bindings. Again, not terrible, but noticeable.
Heel Cup: No
Stance Width: Not a minidisc, but there’s a fairly narrow space where the screws go, so not a massive amount of stance width adjustment, but there's some.
Highback Lean: Yes - tool-less.
Ankle Strap Position: Yes, in a way, as you can swap the ankle straps between the bindings. One way up they provide more ankle support and the other way up, they give more freedom of movement.
Toe Strap Position: No
Ankle and toe strap length: Tool-less
Gas pedal/toe ramp extension: None
Highback Rotation: No
Compatible with: 2x4 | 4x4 | Channel
In addition you can also change the bushings to stiffer or softer ones.
NOW are best in the business, IMO, when it comes to shock absorption and the Select Pro are no exception. Between thick, cush padding in the footbed, to the bushings and even the Skate Tech helps with shock, these bindings do a really good job absorbing shock and chatter.
Overall nice and comfortable.
Ankle Strap: Briefly had a minor pressure point, but that went away quickly and overall very comfortable ankle strap that conformed well to my boots.
Toe Strap: No issues and felt nice and snug, but without any pressure.
Canted Footbed: Yes
Padded Footbed: Really good padding and shock absorption.
Highback: Some padding on high back and most importantly no calf-bite while riding.
Felt good. Felt normal.
The ratchets were nice and smooth. All you’d ever need them to be. But I’d say just a hair not as smooth as the Jones’ bindings I had at the same time. Same as Drive Pros.
The most interesting addition, since I last rode NOW bindings was that both the ankle straps and toe straps have hinges which allow you to sort of "fold" them out, like with Burton's flex slider - except the Select Pro have them on both the ankle and toe straps. This helps to make it easier to get in without accidentally standing on the straps.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
SLOW SPEED RESPONSE
TOTAL after normalizing
The Select Pro are so much fun to turn and carve in and they have that NOW shock absorption that makes these a really damp/smooth ride.
They lack a little in board feel, but that would be my only complaint. Everything else about these bindings is right up there.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to see how the Select Pro compares to other men’s all-mountain bindings or want to check out some other options in that category, check out the next link.