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SuCoSlayer 01-13-2014 01:19 PM

Best Binding Company
 
I used to be in the know about this during the 2000's when I lived in CO and rode about 40 days a season. I have since moved to Bama for work, picked up wakeboarding, and am a little behind on the snowboard scene. I used to swear by Technine bindings. And a bunch of my buddies wore Ride bindings. It seems T9 haven't been doing it as well as they used to, but Ride still seems to be good. I've got a pair of Ride Revolts and I like them, but they aren't quite as responsive as my old T9 Destroyers, although they are MUCH lighter (those T9s had metal heelcups). What are some good brands these days? I like slightly stiff flex and I loved the Baltimore toe strap from T9 that Ride has done ok with and some other companies have copied, too. I've heard good things about Union. Don't even mention Burton. I just don't care for them. Their stuff was never bad, but always seemed way overpriced compared to other companies.

My setup: Never Summer SL 164, Ride Revolts, and Vans Wiig boots. I love the boots. The bindings feel slightly soft for me. The board also has a bit more flex than I'd like. But I found a previous season's model at a huge discount and couldn't pass it up. I'd like to switch bindings and see how that feels before I go for a different deck.

Extremo 01-13-2014 01:58 PM

Morrow or Lamar. Don't even bother with anything else.

Poop 01-13-2014 02:06 PM

i personally like unions

poutanen 01-13-2014 03:31 PM

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Originally Posted by SuCoSlayer (Post 1431009)
Don't even mention Burton. I just don't care for them. Their stuff was never bad, but always seemed way overpriced compared to other companies.

Burton. I use diodes on everything, they're stiff, the straps are comfy and they work for me.

SuCoSlayer 01-13-2014 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Extremo (Post 1431177)
Morrow or Lamar. Don't even bother with anything else.

I can find those at Walmart, right?

snowklinger 01-13-2014 03:42 PM

top choices all have bindings tied for "snowklinger would love to ride":

burton (love my '12 'vitas to death, will probably replace out of pure love unless demo...)
salomon (wanna try hologram)
flux (unsure, very interested)

things I like: plastic unibody, footbed cushioning, trad 2 strap

things I hate: metal parts(ie frame), gimmicky non-2strap systems (excluding flow)

k2's I had felt dead, but it may have been those bindings ('11 auto uprise)

things I'm not sure/interested about: flow, union, switchback, NOW.

Rob23 01-13-2014 03:48 PM

Although Im in the same situation. Just got back into riding this year after many years off. I went for Union Flights. They are extremely light and seem medium stiffness. And I know they sell much stiffer ones if thats what your after.

SuCoSlayer 01-13-2014 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by poutanen (Post 1431449)
Burton. I use diodes on everything, they're stiff, the straps are comfy and they work for me.

Well, at least you stated WHY you like them. To each his own. I'm not as anti-Burton as I used to be. I'd actually buy a pair if I demo'd them and the price was right. Never been thrilled with paying premium prices for gear made in China or Taiwan. But Ride makes their bindings in China, too.

Speaking of manufacturing, anyone know of a good binding that's made in the USA? That's part of what I like about Never Summer. Quality boards that are made in Denver, CO. I know of multiple good board makers that build here (NS, Lib Tech, Gnu), but I don't know any domestic company that makes bindings, or boots for that matter...

jml22 01-13-2014 03:58 PM

Not really a best.... I would say Burton cartels are probably the most popular?
Good bindings are good, cheap bindings cheap.
That being said most of my friends ride Burton/Union/Flux
I ride flux SF45s, absolutely love them.

SuCoSlayer 01-13-2014 04:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Rob23 (Post 1431553)
Although Im in the same situation. Just got back into riding this year after many years off. I went for Union Flights. They are extremely light and seem medium stiffness. And I know they sell much stiffer ones if thats what your after.

Union is what I'm leaning towards right now. If I'm not able to demo something while I'm in CO next month I'll probably get a pair of Unions, probably the Factory model. I've seen some reviews that people had trouble with the ratcheting on them. But that's probably a rarity rather than the norm. Even my old trusty technines had their own particular way you had to pull the ratchets to get them to release. Once you learned the trick it was never a problem.


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