Speed Entry Bindings - again
Hey y'all, new poster here. I've checked the forum and have seen loads of posts for and against speed entry bindings. They're what I started with, so I'm inclined to stick with them. I like being able to quickly strap in standing up and get right to the slopes.
I'm coming from using the K2 cinch bindings that I bought shortly after they first came out 8 years ago.
This year I bought a new board, the arbor swoon, and I'm loving it but I want new bindings. I'm a visual arts person (work in video, photography, and graphic design) so I'm big on looks. I want white bindings to go with the board to help make the graphics pop more. My current black bindings look like shit with it and I want to pair them with my old board, since I think it'll be easier to sell together.
SO my dilemma is, stick with speed-entry bindings and have limited options or just get white traditional bindings. I'm mostly looking at the GNU B-Free, but I haven't seen a whole lot of info on them. Seems like the new cinches aren't made as well as my old ones and the Flows aren't really interesting to me with the single top piece instead of two straps.
Has anyone here used both? What's your preference? I mostly ride with my husband so we're not big on the "social" aspect at the top of the lift like I've seen many people mention here. We have the whole lift ride to chat (and if you ride real mountains, it's a looonnnnngggg ride) so I like the quick convenience of the speed entry/rear entry bindings. I've read that they aren't quite as responsive as other bindings, but since they're all I know, I doubt I'd be disappointed. The GNUs also have good responsiveness ratings.
Aaaand sorry for the novel.