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Binding stiffness effect on riding
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10-24-2012, 05:00 PM
Join Date: Apr 2009
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I don't really rely on my high back and run the one on my cartels at zero foreword lean so maybe the softer ds30 will be ok? I am considering the tt30, ds30 and possibly the dmcc light for the westmark. Decisions decisions!!
It might be different now, but the Cartels from like two season ago had a TON a forward lean built into it, even the zero setting had a noticeable amount of forward lean (a lot of people were complaining about it and some switched Rome bindings, where zero setting was actually zero degrees forward lean).
Now let's take a step back... I think the TT30, DS30 and the DMCC light would all be good choices for the Westmark.
The caveat being that I have not personally ridden those bindings or even the Westmark. I have ridden the Neversummer Evo, to which the Westmark is compared to a lot, so I think I have a decent idea of what kind of board it is.
I just want to answer your question about what a soft binding would feel like. It is a simple fact that it is not as good at riding groomers... however based on your riding style and your personal preference... you might not find the difference that important.
Take this guy in the following video, he is not really using his highbacks and just mellow riding down some mellow groomers. If you ride like that... then you definitely won't notice softer highback (you might notice the softer baseplate though)
On the flipside... if you ride more like this... then you will probably want to use your highbacks. I hope this post helped you understand what I'm talking about.
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