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Old 08-26-2014, 01:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wondering what you guys would say about the difference in riding you may have found between bindings with an "old style" toe strap (the one that goes over the toes and over the foot) vs the newer style toe strap which has been dominant for about 10-15 yrs I guess (the one that tucks in the tips of the toes or front of the foot). I rode old equipment for a long time (almost 20yrs) and got used freeriding with the old style toe strap. I've upgraded my equipment and been riding the newer straps for a couple of years but I don't get the same responsiveness or board control and wondering if the change in toe hold has something to do with it?
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Wondering what you guys would say about the difference in riding you may have found between bindings with an "old style" toe strap (the one that goes over the toes and over the foot) vs the newer style toe strap which has been dominant for about 10-15 yrs I guess (the one that tucks in the tips of the toes or front of the foot). I rode old equipment for a long time (almost 20yrs) and got used freeriding with the old style toe strap. I've upgraded my equipment and been riding the newer straps for a couple of years but I don't get the same responsiveness or board control and wondering if the change in toe hold has something to do with it?
Toe cap > toe strap by far for me
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That's odd because I feel as though I get more responsiveness with the toe caps rather than the toe straps..
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Caps are gonna be better than Straps any day of the week!!!!!

Brands like FLUX have a Toe Strap that can be used either way!!!!!

I'm guessin its probabl more to do with the style/model of ya new gear, rather than the tech, that's lost the responsiveness you're missin?????
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Ime, with old school there is less fiddlin...with new school toe caps they tend to loosen up or slip more
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Toe caps rule but they must have a hole in the middle so they bite down nice and firm on the boot.
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I've upgraded my equipment and been riding the newer straps for a couple of years but I don't get the same responsiveness or board control and wondering if the change in toe hold has something to do with it?
Toe caps are pretty awesome. Your issue could simply be with the equipment itself (the new board or bindings are just less responsive than what you had previously) or compatibility (board and binding are a poor match OR toe cap is a poor fit with your boots). There are a lot of variables obviously, but I doubt it's the toe cap unless it just doesn't fit with your boots. What was the old set up and what new equipment did you all get?
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Toe caps rule but they must have a hole in the middle so they bite down nice and firm on the boot.
I've found it depends on the boot. My old forum boots had a very rounded toe box that fit perfectly with burton's toe cap while my unions would frequently slip off. This year I switched to 32 which have a more squared off toe box (if that makes sense) which the unions "bite down" into, while the burtons don't feel quite as secure.
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I've found it depends on the boot. My old forum boots had a very rounded toe box that fit perfectly with burton's toe cap while my unions would frequently slip off. This year I switched to 32 which have a more squared off toe box (if that makes sense) which the unions "bite down" into, while the burtons don't feel quite as secure.
FLUX's FTM does a pretty good job of holdin onto pretty much any boot shape!!!!!

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Sorry for the stupid question. But what is the difference In terms of construction between them?
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