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Old 12-14-2013, 05:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I haven't bought anything new since 2007, so hoping for some tips here. I currently have 2007 Rome Arsenals. But I'm looking to get a new board and bindings. I already got some new Ride Lasso boots.

I ride a bit of all mountain and park jumps (not as much on rails though, so I'm not really looking for a super soft "park" setup). Pretty experienced, with like 10 years of riding.

Anyway, I've just been looking at reviews on The Good Ride | A Snowboard Gear Buying Guide and wanted some feedback to narrow down my list. I'm looking for something responsive but also comfortable/shock absorbent. I'd like enough adjustability to rotate the highbacks to my stance, and tool-less adjustment of straps is nice. Here's the list (somewhat in order of what I'm leaning toward).

K2 Company
Ride Rodeo
Union Contact Pro
K2 Formula
Salomon Chief
Union Force
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Union Contact Pro or Union Force!
Or Burton MalaVita!
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Union Contact Pro or Union Force!
Or Burton MalaVita!
Thanks! Any reason why these ones? Can you compare them to the other bindings, or are these just bindings you've personally liked?

Also, I read that the Union's aren't very adjustable. Is that true? I guess I don't need a lot of adjustment, so it's probably fine.
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've owned the Contact Pro's and I loved them. They have a little bit of adjustment.
I currently own the MalaVita's, and I LOVE them, more than any binding I've owned.
I only recommended the ones I've owned. I can't speak for the rest. But definitely look into those 2!
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I have the Ride Rodeo (which i'm selling) and the Union Force (which I'm selling). The rodeo has a soft highback. The force is a comfortable durable responsive binding. Salomon makes quality bindings, I have the hologram. No experience with K2 binding and just don't care for them. I've also had the Cartel which was a really good binding but too stiff for my style of riding.
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This thread will be interesting. The NS fanboyism has been consistent, but the binding jumps bandwagons every couple of years on here. First Union, then Flux, now seems to be going over to Now.
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I have the Ride Rodeo (which i'm selling) and the Union Force (which I'm selling). The rodeo has a soft highback. The force is a comfortable durable responsive binding. Salomon makes quality bindings, I have the hologram. No experience with K2 binding and just don't care for them. I've also had the Cartel which was a really good binding but too stiff for my style of riding.
How do you like to Holograms? That's the next binding I'm looking into! Good response? Good feel?
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How do you like to Holograms? That's the next binding I'm looking into! Good response? Good feel?
You really have to want a skate surf feel. Took a little getting use to but I'm hooked now. They really cup around the heel and hold it down and have excellent heel toe response. But they freed up my boot from tip to tail so I had to change my technique a little for butters and presses, but now that I'm use to it I love it. My ollies feel alot more like a skate board now due to how it freed up my boot, which feels smoother and better to me now.

I can see how its not for everyone. It all depends on your style and preference.
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Okay, need to buy these by the end of the year. And I'm getting a new board in 2014.

So I guess my Arsenal's are a stiff binding (I really haven't compared them with anything though, been riding them for a long time now). But I think something a bit softer would be more comfortable, especially on landings. I just don't want to give up too much responsiveness.

So I'm thinking sort of in this order:
Union Contact Pro - As long as these aren't too soft compared to what I'm used to
Salomon Chief- If I want to go with something stiffer
Union Force - Another option for something a bit stiffer

If it helps, I don't know what board I'll get, but I'm looking at the Lib Tech Hot Knife, Lib Tech TRS, K2 Happy Hour, and Rome Mod.

Any last minute tips are appreciated before I pull the trigger.
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