Reviewer: Ryan Weis
My dad and I both got a pair of these bindings, and both enjoy them. We both have wide feet, so they fit pretty well. Very comfortable, but like others have said your toes slide out a little sometimes on landings. For us this is usually corrected by simply using less boot-slime to get them on, but every once in a while it happens anyway. Another comment was on the plastic piece securing the Option 2 strap - I haven’t had the problem of it turning, but my dad has, and when I ride his board it’s annoying. I like that on these boots it has more of a clamp securing the boots to the board rather then holes on the boot’s plate for screws, seems to allow for more adjustability in foot placement. I would like to consider that I’ve got the boots wet quite a bit since I bought them in ’03, and they’re still in amazing shape. I’m very happy overall, the comfort is better than any other boot I’ve used, and that makes up for other minor problems.
Reviewer: Stacey Thompson
I am 5’8" and wear a women’s size 11, average width shoe. My’03 Belmonts are a size L, and I wouldn’t want to go with any other size. I have had a lot of problems slipping ’thru’ the front of these bindings. With much help from Performance Ski, I was able to take them apart, and tighten the lower foot portion of the boot. This has helped some, but I still slip forward with some tricks. After 2 moderate use seasons the velcro is giving out on the ankle support, water and velcro do not seem to agree with each other. Also, the laces do tend to loosen about 10 minutes into each set, so I stop, crank them hard, and start again. The footbed is extrememly comfortable, and the higher leg/ankle support is nice. Overall, due to the slippage and loosening of the laces, when I replace these, it will be with different bindings.
Reviewer: Patrick Bergin
these bindings are awesome! i love them. the only thing better is parks
Reviewer: chris not telling
I hate these bindings. THe more i wear them the more i hate them. They do not form to your feet. on hard landings they get loose. the only cool thing is they have option 2 strap.
Reviewer: Fo Shizzle
The 2003 Belmonts are made for riders with bigger feet. This is good, and bad. The design of the binding is pretty basic, with laces, a tow strap, and a thick toe pad, almost too thick. The Footbed is so high off the board that it doesn’t give as much response or hold as it should. The laces are too long, leaving you with a hanging tightening lace, which often comes loose when you’re riding. There is too much excessive room in the toe part of the binding causing your TOE/FOOT TO SLIDE FORWARDS ON LANDINGS. That is my biggest complaint, it throws you off on landings. The bindings are very cushioned, and in my opinion aren’t stiff enough. You will see a reduction in performance because of this. Overall, the bindings really don’t mold well to your feet and offer great support on edges, but are very comfortable and great for most any beginner. I’m probably taking mine back and going with a stiffer, more performance binding such as the 2003 Byler Binding.
Reviewer: Marc Poirier
Personnaly, I think these are the HYPERLITE bindings that offers the most support and comfort. The only problem I find with these bindings is the "option 2" strap. The little plastic pieces that hold the straps always turn and it drives me nut. I’ve tried the Parks and the Highbacks and found the same problem with them. Anyway, these are still fly’ass boots.
Reviewer: wake man boarder
These are very comfortable but too expensive go to buywake.com and get them cheap!!!!!!!!!1
Reviewer: Joshua Christensen
I liked these bindings alot..i ride my friends board alot with these bindings on them....I think that the Byerly is a better way to go...But if you need to fit more people than yourself in bindings get these for sure.
Reviewer: Chris Israel
I have worn the Exo’s, Parks, And the Belmont’s. By far these were the best! Your feet don’t cramp after 5 min and they feel great.A+++
Reviewer: simon rider
The lace is too long compare to other bindings.
Reviewer: Kirk Denning
These are some of the best bindings ever! Like my 131 Belmont, my bindings are brand new. I love the way they support my foot, have great entry, and cushion my foot. When they are on my feet it feels like my foot is completely strapped in. Overall these bindings ROCK. GO BIGG!!!
Reviewer: Paul Vecchione
Super soft and comfortable. The double footbed is the only way to go.
Reviewer: Clint Helander
Probably the best bindings i’ve ever ridden in. Super comfortable for those long rides. Easy to get into yet easy to get out of if you want to.
Reviewer: MOOkiE Vortex
Comfort is key to a longer set. You can adjust these bindings to just the right fit and forget about them. They lace up the front (where laces are suppose to go) like a snowboard boot. My feet have never been happier. I spent a lot of time in different bindings that gave me heal bruises and sprained ankles. The Belmonts with the extra padding on the bottom are great -- no heal bruise here. And they are sooper responsive. My binding of the year.
Reviewer: Brent Bunker
I love these bindings. They are so easy to get into and then stay tight when you have them on. They are so comfortable with the new softer footbed. Much better then the 2001 version. But it is a great binding that I recommend to anyone.
Reviewer: Anthony Hamm
these bindings are supper plush. They were just easy to get into then when tightened up were very supportive and comfy. I would recomend these bindings to anyone and everyone ... A++
Reviewer: Nate Agrin
Here’s the breakdown -
I like the footbed, super comfy and soft, but a lot of pros I’ve talked to think it’s too thick, and their feet are too far from the board. To each their own, although I do agree in that it is a bit TOO thick, and there should be an effort to get it to be a bit thinner with the same amount of impact resistance if possible.
Getting into these things is simple, you don’t even need lube, soap, or whatever you might normally use (get your mind out of the gutter). The lace design really opens these bindings right up.
Support is good, but I find that the laces tend to give out after about ten minutes of riding, unless you lace them really tight. If you got them laced tight, these bindings will make you realize the importance of having good bindings. If you want a more responsive/supportive binding, look at Hype’s Highback binding. Those things are like supergluing your feet to the board.
Hold is also really good, again as long as you lace them pretty tight at the start of your set. I generally have to take a pretty sick fall to get pulled out of these. While riding the board feels ultra responsive, I can’t blame my bad sets on these things.
As far as comfort, these are very plush. They have the thick footbed, they lace up to fit your foot, instead of your foot fitting the binding (hopefully), etc. Not much more to say.
Release... this kind of throws me off. I generally think it’s worse to have a board release when you fall because it means your bindings are really loose which I think could result in worse injury (I’ve had my share of falls where only one leg stays in and the other still attached to the board gets twisted around and tweaks my knee). In any case, like I said these things generally hold on tight. If you are worried about release then I would say these are a bit better than just wrapped bindings because the laces, under enough pressure, will probably give out sooner and loosen to let your foot out than large wraps. I’m no expert though.
I should also say I rode the ’02 version of these bindings and the ’03’s, while not different in their general design, are much better in their material construction and provide a good deal more support when turning out onto your toeside edge. My ’02 Belmonts ripped out twice, but I stuck with them because they fit my ultra-wide feet really well (EE-EEE). That brings up my other point. If you have wide feet like mine, I highly recommend these bindings.
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Reviewer: Dustin Singletary
Really enjoy these bindings. A little more support than the 2003 Byerlys. It seems these improvements over last years are better. I have had a problem with the new heelcup hitting my ankle bones on weird landings.
Reviewer: Buck Burriss
great bindings real comfy. both overlays tore, only been ejected once thats why release is n/a, only problem is the baseplats flex real bad on mine.
Reviewer: Jon Schmidt
I had 98 Hibacks until this season and I can’t believe how much more comfortable the 2003 Belmont’s are without sacrificing support. Sometimes with my Hibacks, landings would really jolt my whole body and actually hurt my knees and/or hips. That doesn’t happen with my new Belmonts. Love em.
Reviewer: bob arnald
These bindings are awsome worth every cent you dont even need lube to put them on they relese only in hard falls but once you undo every thing they slip of without much hassle. the footbed is awsome and they feel comfier than most skate shoes when you put them on your feet. The only problem is they scratch your board alittle bit. Other than that they are perfect for all skill levals and provide very strong competition for the parks.
Reviewer: Kellen Mckim
This year I started with the new Byerly’s and they were not bad but there weak spots are the comfort and they do not get tight enough. So picked up the belmonts nd they immeditely were the fit for me, so comfortable, and very tight
Reviewer: C JB
Great binding; comfortable, easy to get into to, no problems with the feet sliping around on landings, a little tough to get out of but not bad when compared to others, definately recommended.
Reviewer: Chuck Daymude
Really nice binding but not as good as the Parks for me anyway. I rode the highbacks last year and did not like the overlay configuration and the shin strap. I like a looser feel as I come from the other board sports (snow, skate, surf) and feel like this one holds almost as much as last years highbacks which I’m glad I’m not riding any longer. The foot bed is great, the styling is solid, the ease of getting in and out is second to none, but the Parks boot is for me and allows me to be more fluid than this one when putting my run together. It all boils down to feel and this one is too restrictive for me but you might like it
Reviewer: super wake
excellent binding, compared to others bindings. u’ll know once u tried it. but a bit expensive....worth if u have money.
Reviewer: Mark Haughey
These bindings are pretty sweet. Hads down, hyperlite has been making the best bindings for a while. If you buy these bindings, you get what you pay for. the only reason i gave it a 4 overall is because the main overlay doesn’t fit the hardware thus making it hard to adjust.
Reviewer: fred dee
Best pair of boots i’ve ever used. Way too expensive though.
Reviewer: ty clifford
these bidnings r good but since i pulled the overlays down cuz a kid wore them they r making my feet burn and it drills
Reviewer: C. Thomas Eisele
I have ridden 30/60’s and several others and this pair really rocks. They are so easy to get into and really easy to get out of. I had problems with larger pairs of 30/60’s where these smaller were easier in and out. I get a little foot slide on landings but that might be me not tightening the laces enough. From a newbies perspective these are awesome. Nice to see the lacing instead of reaching behind the boot to lace and tighten.
Reviewer: Chino Fregoso
Ive ridden on Pro suctions, Byerlys, Parks, Exxo suctions and Highbacks, Belmonts are definetly the best, the easiest entry and best support, the do feel like a Snowboard boot, I have a delicate heel, belmonts really give you support. go get’em
Reviewer: joney longone