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easleyjr96 01-30-2014 04:52 PM

Bindings help. k2, flow, burton
Hey there. I have been snowboarding for about five years now and really enjoy it a ton. I decided to upgrade my gear this year, but am on a pretty tight budget. Before I had some generic board and bindings, but I made it work and had a lot of fun on it. I think just about anything is an upgrade from what I had before, and I am convinced I will enjoy just about anything that I get, but I want to maximize the time and enjoyment that I will get out of my next pair of bindings.

I bought a Burton Cruzer 164 and need some new bindings for it. I kind of like to do everything when I go out. I enjoy just riding down the hill and going fast as well as getting in the park. So I believe what I am looking for is a binding that isn't really good at a specific thing but rather something that is decent at all things and I should be able to ride with in most situations.

I would really appreciate having the convenience of the fold back bindings that flow and K2 makes in their cinch series, but I do not know about the reliability of bindings like this or if the cheaper range of bindings like this are reliable. I would rather lose this convenience and have bindings that are going to last me rather than have to buy a new pair of bindings at the end of the season because I broke them. Also, if I did go the traditional binding route rather than the fold back, I was looking at Burton bindings since I have a Burton board and it has the 3 hole pattern, but are there other binding companies that will fit this 3 hole pattern and are more reliable than Burton bindings?

My budget is around $100.

sclogger 01-30-2014 05:58 PM

K2 Formula's for $129 will be hard to beat.

2013 K2 Formula Black Large Mens Snowboard Binding | eBay

easleyjr96 01-30-2014 06:23 PM

So I found a pair of GNU Weird bindings for around $80. They are normal $210 but I was wondering how these bindings sized up to maybe some of my other options such as the K2's that were mentioned above. Is GNU a respected brand and has anybody tried this particular model? I have read ggood things about them but the info I have found on them has been very limited and I would like to get further opinion. These bindings also feature the fold back system which I would highly prefer for the convenience. Thanks for any insight on these bindings.

bseracka 01-30-2014 06:50 PM

Gnu bindings are pretty much garbage: poor quality, poor materials, poorly designed and prone to breakage

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larrytbull 01-30-2014 06:55 PM

The GNU Weird, is an interesting binding. It has the cant, and the eva footbeds. things I liked, but I was not a fan of the toe cap. I also had some issues getting them on on steeper areas, as the clip on the heelcup to close it gets in the way. I wound up going to flow.

The CTX is better beuilt and offers the side entry like the flow as well as rear entry, but the latch can be a bear to snap in or out

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