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Looking for a new medium to mid-stiff binding, suggestions?

My old Burton Triads are getting pretty beat up these days and I'm looking to get some new medium to mid-stiff bindings to put on my 157 Capita DBX.

Bindings I'm considering in no particular order:

Salomon Defender - shadow fit intrigues me
Burton Deathfalcon - dig the winged highback and they seem super cushy
Union Contact Pro - like the greatly reduced board contact, but stiff enough?
Union/Capita Stay Badass colab - Force baseplate with Team highback seems like a winner, plus appeals to my Capita fanboydom
Flux SF - I'm a Flux fanboy, but these may be stiffer than what I'm looking for

Any input? Any other suggestions?

Probably gonna head down the hill and pull the trigger on something on Wednesday.

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My old Burton Triads are getting pretty beat up these days and I'm looking to get some new medium to mid-stiff bindings to put on my 157 Capita DBX.

Bindings I'm considering in no particular order:

Salomon Defender - shadow fit intrigues me
Burton Deathfalcon - dig the winged highback and they seem super cushy
Union Contact Pro - like the greatly reduced board contact, but stiff enough?
Union/Capita Stay Badass colab - Force baseplate with Team highback seems like a winner, plus appeals to my Capita fanboydom
Flux SF - I'm a Flux fanboy, but these may be stiffer than what I'm looking for

Any input? Any other suggestions?

Probably gonna head down the hill and pull the trigger on something on Wednesday.
Check out the Flite Pro. It's probably in the stiffness range you're looking for, and the price can't be beat.

Or just go full Brisse, and get the Force.
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I liked shadow fit on park boards but wasnt crazy about it when I tried holograms on the man's board, defenders might be different though.

Love my c pros but I've only had them on my villain so far. Plenty responsive on that board at least.

Vitas are still my favorite mid stiff binding and they were a good match with the dbx. I like the atlas as well but found vitas more comfortable.

If youre l8oking to try new tech shadow fit was really cool for more freestyle riding, also tried a buddies now ipos which were crazy fun to carve with but werent confidence inspiring when I got in the air.
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I got a pair of 12 vitas in great shape that would probably pair nicely.

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Alright, kinda down to Burton Cartel vs. Burton Malavita.

Snowklinger, I ain't taking your old Vitas. Everybody needs a good backup.

With all due respect to Union, I tried the Factories in the past and they just didn't work for me. They felt clunky and gave me some vicious calf bite. Nothing against Union as a company, they just didn't do it for me personally and I'm honestly not sure why I was considering them from the get-go here. A lot of people will disagree with me here and that doesn't necessarily make them wrong. Different strokes for different folks.

Now... back to this Vita/Cartel situation...

What is the real flex difference between the Cartel and the Malavita? I see the Malavita uses a 30% glass base compared to the Cartel's 45% glass base. Using the good old completely unreliable highback flex in the store test, the highbacks seem roughly equal.

This is going on a 157 Capita DBX which is rated by Capita as a 7/10 on the stiffness scale and that seems about right to me. In the future if that board gets retired, these will be put on a similar board.

One last question... any difference between last year's Vita and this year's? Same thing with the Cartel. I can get last year's models for roughly $50 cheaper.

Fire away...
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I can only comment on the 2013 models but I thought the vitas were a bit more responsive. Id call the cartels more of a true medium flex, they were my go to on the dbx last year. Only time I wanted a little more out of them was when I would be hauling ass in the trees or really throwing my weight into the highback on a hard heelside turn. I thought the vita highback felt more solid but I only got to ride those a few days at my home hill in WI so I didnt get to put them through the wringer like I did the cartels which I rode for a week out west.
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I agree with this 100%. Curious though, what boots were you in when you rode the Factory?
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I agree with this 100%. Curious though, what boots were you in when you rode the Factory?
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I have no idea about that boot.

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