I just picked up a 2013 NS Evo from my local shop on their annual "Summer Sale" event. I'm pretty stoked, I'm not a huge park person but I do dabble a bit and I'm looking forward to having this board in my quiver to play around on. I'm trying to figure out bindings for it.
I will say unapologetically, I've been a big fan of Burton bindings for 20+ years so I'm naturally leaning in that direction. I'm open to suggestions but any "Burton sucks!" type responses will be promptly ignored.
1.) Any suggestions in the Burton binding line-up? Currently I have:
- NS SL w/Burton CO2
- NS Proto w/Burton Prophecy - Of the bindings I already own, these are probably my best match to the Evo. It would mean pulling them off my Proto and then finding a good match to replace them (CO2's above? Cartels below?) Thoughts?
- Burton Cartels - These are definitely old but in near-new condition. They were on a Burton Twin (Ouija) board I scored at a garage sale for $35.00. Yeah, $35.00 for a near mint Burton Twin and Cartels. WOO! The bindings are definitely newer than the board but I don't have any idea what year the Cartels actually are. I know Cartels are great bindings and highly praised but they are also more on the stiff side, right? So I'm imagining these will not be optimum for use on the Evo.
- Burton Customs - I might have a pair in the basement somewhere. I'm hesitant to go this route as the Custom is very much an entry-level, low-cost binding and I don't want to downgrade.
2.) Any suggestions outside the Burton line-up? There is a reasonable deal online for 2013 Rome Boss 390's but are they a good freestyle binding? They look like they have canted footbeds but I do not see this in the description of the binding.
If it matters much, I ride with stiffer boots. The last few years on K2 T1's and this year I'm looking at either Burton SLX, Driver X, or Ions. At this point, the Ions are my leading choice but I'm still looking. I'm too old for soft boots, I prefer the firm support at this age!
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and opinions.