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Old 02-12-2014, 01:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Women's "specific" bindings - does it matter?

So, having read the NOW thread and thinking I'll be looking into those for my next set of bindings (whenever that will be), I noticed they don't make bindings that are supposed to be "womens specific". Whereas Rome and I think also Union do, as far as I know.

Question: does it even matter? They're just bindings... what's the difference? Just sizing and design/colors... or am I better off sticking with womens bindings, for functional reasons?
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Highback hight could be the main problem as some men's bindings have higher highbacks. Too high and it could bite your calve.

I've ridden some men's bindings with no problem at all (e.g. Burton Diode, Spark Afterburner) whereas some did bite (e.g. Rossi XV, K2 Company) even though the binding otherwise fit the boot and I'm not short.

Second thing is the width. As many brands dont have a men's S size, the M could be a bit wide, depending on your boot size. Bring your boot along when you look for bindings in a shop.

The women's specific padding is overrated (marketing) IMO. Most comfortable bindings I have are the Afterburners which is no women's "specific" binding, and the '14 Burton Escapade which has no padding at all anymore on the ankle strap and love them: comfy and responsive.
All this padding in other bindings reduces responsiveness and urged me to crank the straps even harder, squeezing off circulation. I'm not doing this with the Escapade anymore; really like the way Burton went.
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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flex and width of bindings are narrower.

the highback sometimes don't go as high up for females bindings.

smaller toe caps and straps.

easier to control going back to flex
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Like neni I have ridden men's bindings as well and have had no issues (Burton Cartel) just make sure your boot isn't too narrow that you get room on the sides because that will make them feel sloppy and unresponsive. It is also best of your boot at least fits the size of the footpad so you don't lose any leverage. Besides fit there really isn't an issue with riding men's bindings in terms of function.
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Like neni I have ridden men's bindings as well and have had no issues (Burton Cartel) just make sure your boot isn't too narrow that you get room on the sides because that will make them feel sloppy and unresponsive. It is also best of your boot at least fits the size of the footpad so you don't lose any leverage. Besides fit there really isn't an issue with riding men's bindings in terms of function.
ol Jamie Anderson just won women's slopestyle at Sochi in a pair of Men's Contacts in the small size. Smaller baseplate, shorter highback, and etc...

Fit is the key to whatever binding you choose.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies, everyone! Now I know what to look for in bindings (well it should have been obvious to me from the start to just find something that fits well, but I'm derpy that way).
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