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Old 12-02-2014, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a pair of 390 bosses that are pretty beat up and I had a lot of issues with the ladders not catching last season. I really liked the 390s bosses minus the ladder issues and the Katanas seem to have some nice features. I've also read some great reviews of the Genesis. If anyone has any experience riding either of these I would love to hear any insight, but I am also open to other recommendations as well.

I ride about 50/50 park/all mountain freestyle. My current board is an Arbor Blacklist.
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From everything I've read, the Katanas are probably too stiff for park and all mountain freestyle. I haven't ridden either, but seems like the genesis are much more suited on paper.
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Katana's will take shock a little better and overall just be a bit beefier and sturdier feeling in the park. That'd be my choice. Against Cartels is a better options than Genesis though. They ride super similar but the Cartels will just be more "solid".
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Can't speak to Katanas, but I previously rode 390 Bosses (2011) and have put a few days on 2013 Genesis binders (before they cored out the strap and the new helix ladders/ratchets). Keep in mind I rode the Genesis pretty recently (twice in past couple weeks) and haven't ridden the 390s in two seasons.

I like the highback and the straps on the Genesis better than the 390s. It's significantly more comfortable. Not that the 390s are uncomfortable, just the Genesis is really comfortable. I still get some pressure points over the top of the foot (just cost of doing business for me), but I've never once felt highback bite. It's almost like they're not there, which is a little unnerving at first but I got used to it.

They're not super responsive, but they're responsive enough without feeling stiff and restrictive. A little more responsive than the 390s off memory but honestly I couldn't swear to that. Pretty comparable. If I were 100% about precision and performance I'd probably get Cartels or Malavitas instead, but the Genesis performs well enough while being insanely comfortable to a point I've never experienced with bindings.

My biggest complaint is that the stock 4-hole discs don't have nose-to-tail width adjustment, so you don't have microadjustment options on stance width. I understand Burton makes one if you call Rider Services, but they're out of stock. Thankfully I'm not super picky on my stance so I just kind of plop them down where the inserts are and don't worry about it.

I liked the Genesis enough that when I got hooked up with a Burton gift certificate after a warranty I picked up a new pair of 2015s. Looking forward to checking out that strap and the autoCANT beds.
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I have both and they are both great bindings.

What I like about the Genesis is the new straps and ladders. Quicker and easier to get in and out. Very comfortable! Plug and play out of the box.

What I like about the Katana is the canted footbeds and the toe strap just conforms to toe box very well. The binding acts and behaves differently based on the location of the ankle strap and tightness of it. So strange. Very comfortable as well. Had to do a little adjusting out of the box but not difficult.

I feel like the Katana is quicker edge to edge and just a tad more responsive than the Genesis.

Either way you win with either / or.
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Old 12-31-2014, 11:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input everyone! I ended up picking up the Katanas.
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