Speeding up binding evolution.
While there are manufacturers out there that claim to have designed boards and bindings that offer powerful, precise control and a flexible, playful feel, the fact remains that a stiff setup is really the only way to put true power to the snow. The Gnu Mutant Binding combines a modern, lightweight, easy-to-use design with a stiff, powerful, predictable ride and precise control for every aspect of the mountain.
The Mutant starts with Gnu's FT-2 lightweight aluminum baseplate. The hyper-cored aluminum baseplate is stiff, responsive, and extremely lightweight. The cored, ergonomic FT-3 Asym Highback is matched perfectly with the baseplate's flex, which Gnu rates an 8 on its 1 to 10 scale. The triple-damping shock-absorption system that's built into the baseplate takes the edge off big drops and flat landings. Gnu's Comprex toe and ankle straps feature a large area to spread shock and absorb binding pressure. Gnu also added its Micro Buckles, which allow you to quickly adjust strap tension.
As with all of Gnu's bindings, the Mutant is equipped with the Easy Rider Speed Entry Binding System. The highback reclines for quick entry and exit, so you only need to adjust the straps once and then you're good to go all season. If, for some reason, you do need to make some minor adjustments, it also has a micro-adjustment buckle for on-the-fly tweaks. The auto-open lever makes entry and exit even easier by opening automatically once the highback is lowered. Finally, the binding has a pressure relief button that reduces strap tension quickly on the fly for instant comfort with no hassle.
- Stiff flex (8 out of 10 on Gnu's scale)
- FT-3 mid-stiff asym highback
- FT-2 Hyper Cored lightweight aluminum baseplate
- Triple-damping baseplate
- Canted footbed
- Comprex extra-large ankle and toe straps
- Micro buckles with pressure relief button
Share your thoughts
Best reclining high back option
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I spent the first half of the season on Flow NX2-GTs. They have the best feel and control of any option available and are stiffer than the Gnu options. Read my review of them to see why I switched (back) to Gnu bindings.
These are simple, light, easy to adjust bindings. They work. I would prefer if they were a tad stiffer and if the footbed was 1 or 2 mm higher for more leverage over the board.
Gnu's customer service has been top notch for replacement parts. I am still fighting with Flow for warranty issues....
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
A very well designed binding. There are a couple of unusual but great features about this binding. First is the pressure relief button on the ankle strap. This also makes it very easy to enter the bindings as well. The toe strap is also designed well. It is preshaped and has a rubber edge to cup the toe nicely. Other nice features are the aluminum baseplate, asym high back, comfortable straps, and lightweight. The only thing missing is a canted footbed. The Backcountry.com description above states that this binding has a canted footbed, but in fact it does not. That would have made this binding exceptional. The bindings are fairly stiff but has good feel and feedback. I tried other rear entry bindings including Flow and K2 Cinch which both felt muted and unresponsive. The mutant possessed the feel and responsiveness of a regular binding. Very pleased
Can you confirm these bindings...
Can you confirm these bindings have canted footbeds? On the GNU site it does not mention that...