Burton Custom X 2014 bindings - Cartel vs Diode
I've been researching what bindings to get for my new 2014 Burton Custom X. This is my first real charger board so I want to choose wisely. I'm a Burton man and I've only ridden Burton boards. My current setup is a 2009/10 Burton Guru + 2010 Mission bindings.
I've narrowed my picks to only two candidates. The Diode EST and the Cartels EST.
Riding style: I don't do parks, only groomers and some backcountry as well. I've been riding since I was kid (I'm 26 now) here in Iceland. However, I would only say i'm somewhere in between intermediate and expert. I want my new setup to help me develop my style and held me gain more confidence at high speeds.
My question is: Can I justify the difference between the Cartels EST (249$) to the Diode (399$) at my level? Will the Diode be "too difficult" and if not, worth the price?