Essentially looking to snatch up some bindings from end of season sales. Found a cheap pair of Contact Pros (for Europe anyway), and they look awesome
I'd rate myself still at the beginner end of the spectrum (solid on blue, ok on reds, have-a-go on blacks
), and this will be part of my first setup. I like to do a bit of everything over the mountain so I'll need bindings that will do well all over the mountain. However I do intend on doing a full season for '13/'14.
I'll be strapping a pair of 10.5 32's, and the board will be coming later (could be anything
at the moment
Question is, would something like the Contact Pros be too stiff? I've seen them rated at around 6/10 compared to the Contacts at 5/10 but I like the sound of the build quality and materials used ie magnesium ratchets/buckles and CNC heelcups.
I like the design of the Flow Fives and they seem to have mid range flex that would be suitable for someone of my skill level (5/10). Are the rear entry high backs really any better than classic entry bindings? I've also got some concerns about the steel cable "Power Triangle": are they susceptible to damage more so than traditional set ups?
When it comes to the Ride Ex, would they perhaps be too soft to be ridden for an entire season? (Assuming that I will progress haha) henceforth should I lean more towards the Revolts or something like the Rodeos?
Lastly, should canted footbeds be a priority?
Sorry for the stupidly long post and possible stupid questions haha!
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated