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Old 09-28-2014, 05:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need bindings.. Give me some ideas.

Been riding some pretty old but reliable hardware the last several years but am getting a Jones Flagship this year and looking for a good binding. I have had various Ride bindings over the years and my all time favorite was the Mig Flights. Many of you may not remember them but they had an aluminum base, low profile overall, were super stiff and light with a carbon highback. Looking for something similar that is not Burton. I liked the Rides because they came in a medium and fit my size 8 boot nice perfectly. Partial to aluminum base.

I stay away from groomers as much as possible and usually only go after a big dump of fresh as my schedule is flexible. Trees, steeps, sidecountry, etc. No Park at all.

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Old 09-28-2014, 05:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sparks magneto or afterburners the stiffist...probable not what you are looking for but...they are have an aluminum base and stiff as hell

http://www.sparkrandd.com/gear/bindings/magneto/
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Imo metal baseplates are bad tech outside of the splits market.

For what you want, however, my shortlist would start and end with the Nitro Machine.
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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aluminum is not hard requirement at this point, Curious why you believe aluminum only good for splits? Any opinions on NOW bindings?
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-haven't used now
-aluminum is just as if not more fragile than modern plastic, have seen it broken on the hill plenty
-aluminum is uncomfortable by comparison
-aluminum baseplates are multiple parts that tend to wiggle loose because you have a bunch of metal on metal hardware undergoing massive temperature change along with constant vibrations/impact. I've had screws come loose on plastic bindings too, but the difference is the whole assembly will get wiggly requiring retightening and what not.
-because of design requirements, it makes sense to have aluminum bindings for backcountry

The past 4 years I've been on some Rides which I hated, K2s which were marginally better albeit very dead, and now going on my 3rd season in Malavitas, which I'm in love with, but will admittedly not suit your needs. I'm not very adventuresome with gear though. Shit that doesn't work pisses me the fuck off. Shit I like I tend to use unto destruction and replace.
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Well the ovoid seyup is Ultra Drives or whatever they're called. It's Jones's binding.

Otherwise the stiffest things on the market are the Flow NX2 GTs or Nitro Machines.
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Snowklinger, thanks for your comments. I see what you mean by metal on metal, i hace had some screws work loose over the years but have never broken any of mine and got my first aluminum binding 14 years ago so luck must be on my side.. We are alike in that i would hate shitty gear and if something doesnt suit me i will move on until i find something that does but when i find it, i have a hard time trying somethimg else. But alas, maybe its time.. Also thanks for the other recos, will look at them as well.
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Salomon Quantum could fit as well
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Salomon Quantum could fit as well
I'm really interested in these since last year, haven't seen em on sale anywhere, may actually get adventuresome with a pair this season.

edit: more interested in the Hologram or Defender actually, curious how they compare other than 1 "degree" of stiffness. Quantums for OP though.
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Well the ovoid seyup is Ultra Drives or whatever they're called. It's Jones's binding.

Otherwise the stiffest things on the market are the Flow NX2 GTs or Nitro Machines.
Now O-drive

I would totally go with those of this seasons Now Drives

all Now's prior to this season have aluminum rings, this year the IPO and Select are nylon rings.

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