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Old 11-15-2013, 12:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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First impression, not a full review.
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I rode the IPO's last year and really liked them. The pivot concept is awesome and really works to direct your board control under your feet. From my information the Drives are an IPO with a stiffer more laterally supportive highback. Yep. That pretty much covers it.

A note, the heelcup is very narrow. I got a good amount of pinching in my K2's and I was on the small side of size range.

Overall impression: If you already know NOW's fit your boot and were hoping for a stiffer version of the IPO, boom. This is it. For boots with a narrower heel area these are the tits on a stiffer all mountain or freeride deck.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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NOW all ya gotta do is try out the Selects rocking the heel cup and tell me how awesome those are...
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Does snow ever get caught under the pivot system?? I've been looking at the NOW bindings because of all the great reviews
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Does snow ever get caught under the pivot system?? I've been looking at the NOW bindings because of all the great reviews
No it doesn't
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I ride the Drives in large with my '14 DC Travis Rice boots in size 13 and they fit me fine.

Did I mention they're rad?
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Super rad.

IPOs with my 12.5 malamutes are fine as well... and I had to join the cool kids and get a set of Drives
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I got some drives today from my wife. Took em up to the hill this afternoon. Wow. Went from contact pro to the drives and my life was changed today. Just riding groomers, but straight out of the box, 11.5 malamutes on the size large, and riding those guys was like nothing I have ever experienced on a snowboard.
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Can anyone tell me how big a difference the harder bushings make in this binding?

I just spent a couple days on a demo pair, but only had the medium bushings. I found that while I really liked a lot of what the pivot system does, the more aggressively I rode the less confidence I had in them. Basically as the terrain got steeper and edges pressured harder, I never felt like I knew when the edge was going to really engage, or really let go. The stiffer the board, the more I felt like this was a problem. Would going for the stiffer bushings make a significant difference in edge control and feel? I'm 6'5", around 210 lbs. Boards used were a 166 NS Heritage-X and 169 NS Raptor-X, my sz 11 Ride Insano boots fit with plenty of room all around.

I'm planning on another demo with the other bushings next time I ride, mostly because I really liked some aspects of these and would like to give them their best shot to earn my complete trust. But also a little bit becuase the girl who I talked to about all this when I returned them was really cute and I haven't had a restraining order imposed on me in a while...
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But also a little bit becuase the girl who I talked to about all this when I returned them was really cute and I haven't had a restraining order imposed on me in a while...
Finally someone around here understands what to "look for" in a binding!
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Can anyone tell me how big a difference the harder bushings make in this binding?

I just spent a couple days on a demo pair, but only had the medium bushings. I found that while I really liked a lot of what the pivot system does, the more aggressively I rode the less confidence I had in them. Basically as the terrain got steeper and edges pressured harder, I never felt like I knew when the edge was going to really engage, or really let go. The stiffer the board, the more I felt like this was a problem. Would going for the stiffer bushings make a significant difference in edge control and feel? I'm 6'5", around 210 lbs. Boards used were a 166 NS Heritage-X and 169 NS Raptor-X, my sz 11 Ride Insano boots fit with plenty of room all around.

I'm planning on another demo with the other bushings next time I ride, mostly because I really liked some aspects of these and would like to give them their best shot to earn my complete trust. But also a little bit becuase the girl who I talked to about all this when I returned them was really cute and I haven't had a restraining order imposed on me in a while...
whats your angles?
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