Gear Review: Forum Journal

Journal

The Forum Jounal is probably the most comfortable binding I have ever strapped my feet into. I was a little hesitant about Forum bindings because my last pair I owned I hated. But Forum redid their bindings since I bought my last pair and they continue to kill it with a plethora of new technology that proved to hold my foot nice and snug and utterly comfy….

The very first thing I noticed about the Journals was how smooth the ratcheting system was. Getting ratcheted in and unstrapping was quite and enjoyable experience. It was probably the thing I liked the most about these bindings. With my other bindings, from a brand I will leave anonymous, I got used to having to tug extra hard and fight with my ratchet to unstrap, but the Journals were so unbelievably smooth. I loved it.

The other thing I loved about these Forum bindings were the feel of them. Which basically means I couldn’t feel them. They were so comfortable and fit so well that all I felt was my board. You know you have a good binding if you can’t tell they are there. The Journals have a baseplate that is 15% glass fibers and is mixed with high grade nylon to give them a good flex. On top of that Forum placed an EVA baseplate padding to give landings a little extra cush for comfort. The flex of the Forum Journal bindings is a 4 making them a little softer and great for a little more freestyle riding, but will still hold up for just carving around.

The straps on the Journal were my next favorite feature. They are tool free so adjusting them is a breeze. The ankle strap is what Forum likes to call the Brah Strap, which is a really nice soft foam padding and a 3D spine that gives the strap a natural contour. A precurved ankle strap like this will add extra comfort because it will eliminate bunching between the strap and boot and will fit more naturally to the shape of your ankle.  The toe strap is Forum’s Throwdown Cap which is designed to completely cover the toes. It will cinch the boot into the heel cup nice and tight and create a lot more edge control. My biggest problem with my old pair of Forum bindings was that the toe cap never stayed on my toe, but it appears Forum has solved that problem and then some.

The highbacks on the Journals are something to brag about too. They have a living hinge that is contoured to the shape of a woman’s lower calf muscle, and they have a Real Wrap EVA which will make them even more comfortable and protect against leg burn.  They have an aircraft-grade aluminum heelhoop that is also adjustable for a better and more personalized fit.

You can use the Forum Journal bindings on any board, even those darn Burton boards, because they come with the For ‘em Multi Disk that will fit a four whole pattern, three whole pattern and even a channel insert board. They will be available next season in sizes small and medium. If you don’t try these bindings out you are missing out cause they rode amazing!

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