Need some advise on bindings and maybe boots
I'm a skier, but son is a boarder and is turning 14 in a few weeks. Right now he is riding a burton custom flying V, with mission bindings, and Burton Moto boots. He's rapidly become a very good backcountry/big mountian boarder, we get out 70+ days a year. We tend to stay out of the park. For his birthday he wants new bindings, and being a skier I know nothing about board bindings and would like to see what you guys recommend and why. Also when we are on super steep stuff all day the outside of his foward foot up by the balls of his feet hurt and develope a large calus. Is this something new bindings would help or is it a boot problem?
Burton Cartel bindings would be an awesome match with the Custom FV.
I'm not sure about the foot problem. A lot of people on here swear by high end aftermarket insoles such as Superfeet. Most insoles that come with boots are pretty low quality. Also, the auto-cant on the cartels might help. Just guessing here though. Others can chime in.
Wow, 70+ days a year! Amazing.
The Burton Moto is a soft boot and with that much riding I suspect he needs new boots. Calluses form due to pressure points or friction. If it's from friction usually blisters form before calluses. Do the boots look like they are falling apart? Maybe pull the liner out of the boot and inspect it for excessive wear.
The other issue you might face is that your son may soon have a growth spurt from puberty and might need entirely new gear after a year. But since you go out 70+ days a year, I'm guessing money isn't too much of a concern, also you can sell the gear he outgrows.
As for bindings I recommend Burton Cartels EST. I have their 2012 non-EST model and it's a solid binding. It's med/stiff, comfortable, and kind of like a do-it-all "middle of the road" binding. I think it would compliment the Flying V nicely. That being said, Union makes decent bindings too that have conversion kits compatible with the channel board system. Not sure if other binding companies have conversion kits. But a little research will tell you. There are a lot of great bindings out there.
If you decide to get the Cartels there are a couple gripes I have have about the 2012 Cartels: it likes to chew up the Achilles area of the boot. Burton claims they solved this problem in the newer model Cartels. I fixed my problem by applying Freesole Urethane Shoe repair to that area of the boots. The other gripe I have is that the odd time I land a jump off a natural feature the toe strap loosens a tiny bit and slips slightly out of position. It doesn't happen all the time but I do notice it from time to time when I'm unstrapping at the bottom of the run.
I've never had a pair, but from everyone I've talked to, and a lot of people on here, Burton has bindings pretty dialed. The Cartel in particular seems to be a good choice. I have used the same type of toe strap Burton uses, the cap strap. I love that strap. It pulls the boot back in place as well as holds the toe down, and it never causes discomfort since it cups over the entire top/front of the boot.
If I were to buy a new set of bindings right now, it would be the Cartels or the Union Factory.
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