couple of things on the contraband...
first off. i like ride. they make a great product and i can say that from personal experience so that makes me want to say that this SHOULD be a quality product.
2nd. i'm not sure how much anchor you are getting with that little plastic strap. doesnt look like it would be enough to hold the front of the boot. but i could be very wrong. its an interesting concept for sure.
3rd. i would never buy a new design/concept binding the first year out. let it go a year and wait to see what happens with it. 2nd and 3rd year models will fix any 'bugs' that were overlooked or unforseen.
i'm interested to see if any of the ride team riders will rock these bindings this year. if the team like em and will ride em they may be a legit product.
just my humble .02 cents.
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