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The Wildcats, a group of rowdy Canadians known for riding hard and drinking even harder, are back together and making a movie for the first time in years. In honor of this epic reunion, Now created the Wildcats IPO Limited Snowboard Binding. Members of the Wildcats crew were known for crushing everything from massive backcountry booters to gnarly urban rails (not to mention more than a few whiskey bottles), and the IPO offers the versatility needed to do all of that and more without ever switching out bindings.
The Hanger baseplate has a hinge, inspired by the dynamics of a skateboard truck, that acts as a fulcrum to quickly and efficiently transfer energy from edge to edge. This means that instead of flexing your baseplate on turns, all of your energy goes directly to the edge, ultimately reducing foot fatigue and leg pain while improving response. Bushings at the contact points between the baseplate and the board reduce chatter for a smoother ride and prevent board breakage. The IPO includes medium- and soft-density bushings that are interchangeable depending on whether you prefer more dampening or more response.
New this season is a slightly taller and stiffer Freewing highback for increased lateral support, as well as new Sieva straps, which feature spineless EVA construction for a flexible feel that locks your foot down without causing pressure points. One more addition to the IPO is new Buckles 2.0, which allow for shorter throws so you can strap in more quickly. Flushcup technology makes the highback sit above the heelcup so that the back of your boot is flush with both the highback and the heelcup, which not only improves response, but also gives you the option of riding highback-less with the Highcup insert (not included) for the ultimate surfy feeling. The IPO also includes a Channel system disc in addition to the 4X4 pattern disc so you can ride it with any major board brand on the market.