Hello and welcome to my Salomon Quantum review.
In this review I will take a look at the Quantums as freeride snowboard bindings.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Quantums a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other Freeride bindings.
Bindings: Salomon Quantum Snowboard Bindings
Price: $349 (USD recommended retail)
Other Uses: All-Mountain
Flex: Stiff (8/10)
Rating Score: 86.0/100
Compared to other Men’s Freeride Bindings
Out of the 11 Men’s Freeride bindings that I rated:
- The average score was 84.9/100
- The highest score was 91.9/100
- The lowest score was 76.3/100
- The average price was $382
- The Quantums ranked 5th out of 11
Check out the table below for the available sizes for the Quantums.
|Size||Fits Men’s US Boot Sizes||Euro Boot Sizes||UK Boot Sizes|
|Medium||6.5-10.0||39.5-44.0||5.5 - 9.0|
|Large||10.0 & up||44.0 & up||9.0 & up|
Who are the Quantums Most Suited to?
The Quantums are best suited to anyone who is an advanced rider looking for quick response from their bindings.
Anyone who rides fast and aggressive will appreciate these bindings and they’re also great to give you that response you need for the backcountry, tree runs steeps etc.
Definitely a no go for beginners – too stiff and unforgiving for beginners, these are for advanced and up riders. Also not really suitable for anyone who wants to butter a lot or tweak grabs or that kind of thing.
The Quantums in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Quantums are capable of.
Bindings: Salomon Quantum 2017, size L
Date: April 9, 2016
Conditions: Hard packed with icy spots in the morning, then turning to slushy in most places in the afternoon
Bindings angles: +18/+3
Flex & Responsiveness
These bindings are pretty stiff. There not the stiffest out there but they’re on the stiff side of medium stiff or the softer side of super stiff. The baseplate and the high back are really stiff but they have a flexible heel loop that gives them a bit more forgiveness.
They respond as though they were super stiff though – and you get that little bit of forgiveness in the flex without sacrificing on response, which I thought was great.
If you’re really adept at buttering then you can definitely do it and they’re not the most un-butterable bindings I’ve ridden (thanks largely to the flexible heel loop) – but it’s not really what these bindings are made for.
You can adjust these bindings most of the ways that you would expect from modern bindings – and they’re pretty easy to adjust to. The major thing that they’re missing is forward lean adjustment. This is something I’d like to see on these bindings.
An above average level of shock absorption. They’re cushy enough to be comfortable and absorb shock from jumps etc.
The Ratchets are smooth and they’re generally pretty easy to get in and out of.
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The Quantums are comfortable. Not the most comfortable I’ve ridden but sometimes it’s hard to get both comfort and responsiveness. That said, the Quantums do a pretty good job.
They’ve got nice straps that I didn’t notice any pressure points from and they’ve got a decent amount of cushioning in the footbed.
The Quantums also now have a canted footbed which is nice to see included – a canted foobed essentially aligns your ankles, knees and hips better which I find makes the ride more comfortable – particularly towards the end of a long day.
My feet and ankles felt really supported. There’s a nice firm supportive feeling from these bindings.
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||86.0/100|
Overall the Quantums are great freeride bindings with all the response that you would expect from a good freeride binding but also pretty comfortable and shock absorbing with decent ratchets and plenty of adjustability.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in learning more about the Quantums or want to research prices and availability check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other freeride bindings or want to see how the Quantums compare to other freeride bindings, check out the next link.