Hello and welcome to my review of the Salomon Alibi snowboard bindings.
In this review I will take a look at the Alibis as All-Mountain-Freeride snowboard bindings).
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Alibis a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other Freeride bindings.
Bindings: Salomon Alibi
Price: $229 (USD recommended retail)
Other Uses: All-Mountain, Freeride
Flex: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 76.6/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain-Freeride Bindings
Out of the 14 men’s all-mountain-freeride bindings that I rated:
- The average price was $320 (USD)
- The average score was 82.1/100
- The highest score was 94.1/100
- The lowest score was 57.4/100
- The Alibis ranked 13th out of 14
Check out the table below for the available sizes for the Alibis.
|Size||Fits Men’s US Boot Sizes||Euro Boot Sizes||UK Boot Sizes|
|S||4.5 – 7.0||35.0 – 40.0||3.5 – 6.5|
|M||6.5 – 10.0||38.5 – 43.0||6.0 – 9.5|
|L||10.0 to 15.0||43.0 to 50.0||9.5 to 14.5|
Who are the Alibis Most Suited to?
The Alibis are ideal for anyone who likes freeriding or aggressive all-mountain riding, but wants to do it on a budget. For the price these bindings are amazing given their responsiveness/flex and given the average price for this category. As you can see above the average price is well above (almost $100 more) the cost of these bindings.
They would also be a good choice choice as low cost (but still decent quality) all-mountain bindings.
Not a good choice for a beginner (too stiff) but anyone into this style of riding from high level intermediate and up they’re suitable.
The Alibis in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Alibis are capable of.
Bindings: Salomon Alibi Bindings 2017, Large
Date: April 9, 2016
Conditions: Hard packed in the morning, with icy patches. Turned quite slushy by the afternoon.
Bindings angles: +18/-6 & +18/-9
They aren’t the stiffest in the world but they ride stiffer than medium. I’d say they’re about a 7/10 in terms of stiffness (1 being the softest and 10 being the stiffest).
They have an adjustable toe ramp, toolless adjustability for the ankle and toe straps – which is standard these days but still good to have. The great thing about Salomon’s toolless adjustable straps is that they’re probably the easiest to adjust out of any that I’ve tried.
Plus they have universal base plates so that you can mount the Alibis to any snowboard on the market.
The biggest downside to the adjustability of these bindings is that you can’t adjust the forward lean.
That’s fine if you like it where it is. But if you like to adjust it – if you’re still finding what your preference is or if you like to adjust it depending on the conditions or how you want to ride that day, then you’re out of luck, unfortunately.
These bindings have a pretty unique system for shock absorption as far as bindings go. They have what’s called a dynamic suspension joint. Most bindings don’t have suspension! So that’s pretty cool. That said, they aren’t the most shock absorbing binding on the market – but they are up there.
Also they’ve cored out the heel and stuffed that with padding, which helps with shock absorption too.
The ratchet system is pretty smooth and that makes it pretty easy to get in. I found that I had a bit of trouble at first getting back out (releasing the straps was slightly different to most bindings that I was used to). But once I got used to how the release worked, they were fine.
Not the fastest/smoothest to get in and out of – but pretty decent – and this is a pretty small consideration compared to other factors.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
This video is for the 2017 model, but nothing has changed for the 2018 model. They rate these as about a 6/10 in the video in terms of flex. I felt they were slightly stiffer than a 6, which is why I rated them a 7/10.
These bindings are really comfortable. All that padding and suspension helps with that comfort as well as shock absorption.
Also the Alibis have a Canted Footbed. This helps to align the hips, knees and ankles for a more comfortable ride – particularly if you’re riding a lot.
The canting in the footbed also adds to the pop and edge control which helps with response.
In addition to that, the stiffness plays a big part in response. I found these bindings to be very responsive and helped to make the board I was riding quicker from edge to edge.
Probably the weakest part of these bindings is their board feel. They don’t really flex that well with the board. But if that’s not a big concern for you, then that’s fine. I prefer a binding with better board feel but not everyone is as concerned with this factor.
Ankle Support Support
They have quite a firm wrap around the boot – so you should feel nice and locked-in to these bindings. This is great for anyone with ankles that need more support and typically this is the feel that I like for more aggressive riding, bombing fast etc.
I don’t include price in the rating system for all-mountain-freeride bindings. But I thought it deserves a mention. These bindings have a recommended price of just $229, which is a good $92 less than the average price for the 13 all-mountain-freeride bindings I rated.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||76.6/100|
If you’re looking for freeride or all mountain-freeride bindings, but won’t to pay closer to $200 than to $300, then the Alibis are a great choice.
They’re not the most amazing all-mountain-freeride bindings I’ve ever demoed but they are one of the most responsive in that price range. So, if response, ankle support and comfort at a good price are what you’re looking for, put these on the list.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re keen to learn more about the Alibis, are ready to buy or want to research availability or current pricing, check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other freeride binding options or see how the Alibis compares to other men’s freeride bindings, check out what I rate as the top 5 freeride bindings currently on the market at the link below.