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2019 HO Animal

Hey guys,

Did anyone of you get your hands on the 2019 model of the HO Animal binding?

If so, I would be interested in hearing your oppinion whether its better to stick to the 18 version or upgrade.

Thanks for your answers,



  • lakeside7455lakeside7455 Posts: 73 Baller
    I tried 2019 and didn't like it. It is just too hard to get in and out of. I didn't use the 2018 animals, so no die hard animal guy, but hated the 2019 version. I doubt if I'd like that tight style anymore. It just seems to just crush up on your feet by the end of a set. I went to 2019 Radar boa with aluminum plate, much more comfortable and seems to turn well so far.
  • DWDW Posts: 2,129 Mega Baller
    I like the ability to loosen the laces for entry / egress and to get the correct fit for me. They are hard enough to get off at the end of a set with laces particularly in cold water. I liked the transition when they added laces back in the late 90's so not sure I would like going back to the old style design. My ski partner tried a pair and had a really hard time getting them off at the end of his set.
  • OldboyIIOldboyII Posts: 588 Solid Baller
    At perfski for $34 you can buy non lace overlay for Animal 2018 and try. If you don't like it - return back to laced version.
  • MarkMMarkM Posts: 134 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    I've used an animal rear for years. I modify it by using a phantom overlay because it is stretchier and I never lace it. I also replace the plate with a carbon plate because it flexes with the ski better.
    I recently ordered the '19 model and it's terrible.
    The footbed is molded to the plate so you can't adjust the placement of the rubber boot on the plate You can't replace just the plate without losing the footbed. The new front overlay thing is a waste, but can be removed. The boot is way too tight and can't be adjusted unless you replace the overlay.
  • sunnydaysmnsunnydaysmn Posts: 41 Baller
    I have had HO animals for decades & really like them.. maybe the go back to the lace version..
  • DWDW Posts: 2,129 Mega Baller
    @MarkM - what carbon plate do you use? thx.
  • MarkMMarkM Posts: 134 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    I use a reflex rear carbon plate
  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 401 Solid Baller
    I find tfactors better made and easy in and out - and excellent support. Haven’t looked back
  • skialexskialex Posts: 1,033 Crazy Baller
    A friend of mine bought a 2019 animal, didn’t like it as much as the older version so we changed the overlays, the toe overlay and the footbed and now it is a 2018 one (or older) :):)
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