NOW Drive/Select vs Union Contact Pro or Burton Genesis
As is tradition this time of year, I am looking at the end of season deals and giving into temptation to pick up some new gear. To be honest, I don't need new gear, but I think its pretty fun to try out new stuff.
I've been waiting most of the year to pick up a set of the 2014 Union Contact Pro bindings. I have the previous model and really like them, but I was curious about the dampening (damping?) offered by using the mini-disc and all that eva foam. It looks super cush.
Then I recently started looking at the NOW binding lineup. It looks like a pretty cool design. At first I thought I wouldn't like that rocking motion, but after watching some videos, the rocking motion looks less dramatic because of the bushings.
So what are your thoughts on the NOW or the Contact Pro. of the NOW bindings, I'm undecided on the Select or the Drive. What I like the most about the Contact Pro I currently have is that I don't feel like I'm fighting a binding. My foot is just strapped in with no pressure points and feel like I have total control in all conditions. I'm hesitant on the Drive because its described as a Stiff binding where I have a preference for a medium stiffness binding.
One thing I just noticed about the NOW bindings is that you can't adjust the heelcup like on Burton bindings. Which is why I listed the Burton Genesis bindings in the title. I rode a pair of those in size medium this year and couldn't sell them fast enough. I think part of the problem was that I didn't like the sizing. I'd rather have a large. But overall, I just didn't feel like I could get enough pressure on my heelside turns through choppy snow. I'm a size 10 and prefer to size up to Large. Will I be swimming in the NOW Large? My Union bindings have an adjustable heelcup so I can fit the binding to my boot.
Also, just to help paint a better picture. These are going to go on a Gnu Impossible. I'm out in the PNW and I ride this board when there's not much new snow, when its icy, groomers, when its chopped up, and on the medium/small features in the park. It may see action on my Capita Ultrafear from time to time also. That would most likely be on groomers or in the park.
soooo, NOW Select/Drive or 2014 Union Contact Pro?