An award-winning binding from the resurgent Bent Metal Binding Works, the Transfer is an impeccably-built all-mountain machine. A mid-flex pattern, comfortable and responsive highback, and durable build solidify the Transfer as a top choice. One especially remarkable feature of the Transfer is the addition of BMBW’s Flex Control Drive Plates, which emerged from Mervin’s board-building acumen (Mervin is the umbrella brand behind BMBW, Lib-Tech, Gnu, and Roxy).
Ready for a tech overload? To make the Flex Control Drive Plates, Bent Metal sandwiches materials used in board construction, like eco-sublimated sheets and fiber modifiers between an EVA foam footbed up top and a reinforced nylon carriage down low. The plates come in three builds: a medium-soft bi-axial version, a mid-stiff magnesium model (what the Transfer comes with) and a firm carbon edition. If you want to get a little more jibby, go with bi-axial. If speed’s your bread and you don’t care about butters, go carbon. If you like to sample a bit of everything, get the Transfer, which comes primed with the magnesium plate.
The bindings are simple and straightforward. The Transfer is awesome because of that simplicity—it’s a no-frills offering, with lightweight, comfortable straps, forged aluminum buckles, and lightly-cushioned Drive Plates.
Whether you’re taking on the steeps or sliding the jib line, the Transfer’s down the middle cushioning and flex are right on the money. The asymmetrical highbacks are ideal for carving and making quick, powerful turns, but they’re not too stiff to eradicate style from your repertoire, and crush it when it comes time to hit the park.
The major quibble we have with the Bent Metal transfer is the use of their Urethane Cube forward lean adjuster. It’s a great idea, and allows you to adjust on the fly, but with only four forward lean settings it’s not nearly as customizable as other options on the market. Maybe an octagon or some whacky shape might be a better play?
Tester Quote: “Simple, responsive, and still fun to jib around on. For less technical and more fun all-mountain riding, these are sweet. If I were more interested in charging steeper lines of consequence, I’d change over to the Solution.”
Key Attribute: Flex
- Versatile binding for all-terrain freestyle performance
- Medium flex handles everything from jibs to cliff drops
- Ergonomic highback balances support and flex
- Flex Control Drive Plate for precise edge control
- Minimalist straps are secure and responsive
- Forged aluminum buckles are super sturdy
- Pivot disk increases true board flex
- Revolutionary Cube for quick forward lean adjustment
Size: S, M, L
Material: nylon and magnesium