Why we chose the Armada Strive 14: Lightweight, solid, safe as houses
Weight per binding: 980g
Release Value: 5 – 14
Riser Heights: 0˚, 5˚ & 9˚
Brake Sizes: 90, 100 & 115 mm
Heel Adjustment: 30 mm
Salomon, Atomic and Armada (they all share the same technology) are at the forefront when it comes to ski bindings. The STH2 was the only binding I would use once upon a time and the Shift binding was and still is revolutionary in the backcountry / freeride world. The Amer Sports crew are truly experts when it comes to attaching your feet to your skis, and the Strive is their new best way of doing exactly that.
“The Strive looks a bit like if the Shift and STH2 had a baby”
The Strive looks a bit like if the Shift and STH2 had a baby. It’s definitely smaller but it’s equally as tough. Available in a 14 or 16, you can be sure that your skis will stay on through any terrain you wish and then some. In fact, I think you’ll be pretty hard-pressed to rip these bad boys off if that’s what you’re looking for.
When it comes to bindings, all there is to talk about is the rotational weight, stack height and how they affect the ski-to-boot interface. Salomon has improved on all of these from their previous flagship binding with a lighter, lower profile, offering to help you feel more and, consequently, be more responsive. What’s not to like?
The Strive’s toe piece has been given a new, sportier look. It is 15% lighter than the old STH2 and the ride height has stayed the same, coming in at 20mm which is about as low as it’ll ever get due to most new bindings being fitted with GripWalk technology.