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Old 02-12-2014, 02:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Highback hight could be the main problem as some men's bindings have higher highbacks. Too high and it could bite your calve.

I've ridden some men's bindings with no problem at all (e.g. Burton Diode, Spark Afterburner) whereas some did bite (e.g. Rossi XV, K2 Company) even though the binding otherwise fit the boot and I'm not short.

Second thing is the width. As many brands dont have a men's S size, the M could be a bit wide, depending on your boot size. Bring your boot along when you look for bindings in a shop.

The women's specific padding is overrated (marketing) IMO. Most comfortable bindings I have are the Afterburners which is no women's "specific" binding, and the '14 Burton Escapade which has no padding at all anymore on the ankle strap and love them: comfy and responsive.
All this padding in other bindings reduces responsiveness and urged me to crank the straps even harder, squeezing off circulation. I'm not doing this with the Escapade anymore; really like the way Burton went.
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