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Old 12-23-2013, 09:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just picked up a Cobra X 163, and I'm looking for some bindings that complement it. I was riding a Rome Flag before, which is a lead sled so i had some really stiff bindings on it (Rome Arsenals). I took the board for a test run this weekend with the Arsenals, and it rode like a dream but i can tell that I'm going to want some bindings with a bit more flex.
So any recommendations? I've been eyeballing these:

Rome 390 Boss
Rome Targas
Burton Cartels
Now IPOs

I plan on using the board for exactly what it was designed for, romping through the pow, tree runs, and steep mogul runs, so Im looking for a binding design that best fits this (I'm guessing thats a mid-flex profile). The now bindings are more of a curiosity to me, anybody tried these out yet?
Also, my boots are thirtytwo TM twos.

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Old 12-23-2013, 10:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would pair it with Now Drive bindings. I've got them paired with my camber Smokin Superpark and I primarily ride trees and moguls. They are pretty amazing. The edge to edge control is super good. It makes a camber 162w board feel as quick and agile as my 157w rocker board.
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I put 390 bosses on mine. But if I had to choose, I'd go Cartel. I just liked the Malavitas I had better than the 390 boss. A lot of people liked the Bosses, just not me.

Nitro Blackhawks/Phantoms are also good choices IMO. The Cobra is not a stiff board.
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I've switched from 390 Boss to cartel on my SL. I'm happy with the Rome's but they keep breaking and I've now been waiting 2 weeks for a replacement part (which is the second time i've been without them in this situation). I also prefer the extra response from the Cartels and especially would on the Cobra which I found less playful than the SL by a noticeable margin. The Romes are very comfy though When they work) and would be ok on the Cobra. I'll keep them on my Evo, if I ever get the part
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Old 12-23-2013, 04:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice! I think I'm going to hold off on the Now bindings, they look realy awesome and I like the concept, but if it is going to change up the way I control the board significantly, I want to demo them first. Maybe next year...
Most likely going to pick up the Cartels. My Rome Arsenals have great response and are comfortable, but they are definitely prone to wear and malfunction. The highback adjuster is absolute garbage and constantly comes loose mid-run (although they have addressed the issue in 2014 models... I hope the change fixes it.)
I'm going to check the cartels and the 390s at my local shop and see what i think of the 2014 updates to the Rome line and how each set matches up to my boots. Leaning towards Cartels though.

Thanks again everybody.
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I've got 2013 Cartels on mine. Seems like a pretty nice combo.
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Old 12-24-2013, 01:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Honestly any of the 4 on your list would work. I've run all but the Targa on my Cobra, and have no complaints on any of them. Will be trying out the Now Drive on it this season too.
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