I actually tried the Maestro's but they were the mediums which didn't really fit my boots so well so i can't really give an objective view of them because that was really annoying to deal with. The wedgie footbeds did make it really comfortable to ride with the canting. Do the Union SL's have any sort of canting built in? Because I didn't ready anything like that in their description.
I've heard mostly good about the Cartels but it sounds like they tend to chew the back of your boots up quite a bit.
I was reading this as well so that is definitely a hit against getting those. Im not rolling in dough so anything that beats up my boots is gonna be a hard choice.
I second the Raiden Phantoms. I haven't used the Phantoms in particular but I have the Raiden Zeros and am really high on them right now. I think the Phantoms would be a killer binding.
Your now the 3rd person to recommend these bindings to me. I talked to someone in person at a shop who said the same thing. I searched on the internet real fast and found the 2013's for 208 dollars which is well below the price of my other 3 options. Is there something I'm missing why such a great binding would be priced so low? I would obviously love to save the 50 or so dollars if they are really all that but I'm willing to splurge a little more if I'm really gonna get what i pay for.
Yeah, the park is where I think the SL's excel. The baseplete flex is mid stiff, so its strong enough to stomp big landings, the assym highback allows good torsional flex and lateral movement, and the dampening isn't too soft so you can really feel the jibs under your feet. It's billed as an 'all-mountain freestyle' binding but to me it's got a perfect aggressve park flex. I'm surprised they're not in the line next year.
They seem like a pretty badass binding from what your saying. I do a lot of hard charging stuff so need to have that all mountain versatility and super response for ducking in and out of trees which requires every second of response I can get. If your really saying these have the great response and feel yet excel in the the park they sound like exactly what I'm looking for in respect to that perfect all mountain binding. Are you more of a park rider or have you used these pretty extensively in the all mountain setting as well?