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Old 01-02-2015, 11:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Stiff Bindings, Bigger Guy

Hi guys, I was hoping for advice. I need to replace my 2009 Ride SPI bindings. I like the stiffness, it seems to move me (230 lbs), my size 11.5 US boots, and larger boards well (162 and 166). My riding style is mostly bombing groomers and some tree, but no park. I jump just to remember I am 36 years old and then don't do it anymore.

I'm mostly riding my 2013 Gnu Billy Goat, but I think I want to pick up a 2014 Billy Goat to go back to camber dominant riding (i like the board, but its a bit floaty). My boots are Salomon Malamutes 11.5 US

Anyway, there are so many good bindings. Here are some of the interesting things I see.

Flux SF
Burton Malvita
Union Factory

I thought about the Ride Capos too since I like the stiff aluminum, but I read they were sloppy feeling on the boot and that is the one thing that I don't like about the Ride SPI is how loose they feel on my Malamute boots.

Any thoughts? I live in the flatland, so there is no where around I can try them on. Thanks so much.
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Old 01-02-2015, 11:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How stiff are you looking for? Now Drive or O-Drive? Haven't tried them myself but seem to read only good things about them. Probably going to pick up a pair of the IPO next season.
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i am 42 and ride a 2013/14 Billy Goat (last years model). I have Burton Genesis bindings which work nicely. You can't go wrong with Burton Bindings. If you like a really stiff setup, go for the Burton Diodes. Lots of parts, great warranty, bombproof. I didn't like the IPO's but many do. I cannot comment on the Malavitas - can only say I will be picking up a pair if and when they go on sale for the quiver.
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Old 01-03-2015, 01:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've ridden the capo and factory on my 166 and in my mind that the factory blew the capo out of the water in every category. I ride mostly the same as you. Of course I'm sure others might disagree but we have a lot in common, I'm 34 6'5" 260+ and like the ride similar terrain on similarly sized boards as you. So take that for what it is worth. I think you'd be very happy on the factory. I've got somewhere around 45 or 50 days on mine.

If we ever hooked up and rode together sometime I could let you try my factories for a few laps. I'm in Michigan as well.
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Old 01-03-2015, 01:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Flux SF would be my pick. Had the Factory and didn't much care for them, SF is more responsive and more comfortable. The Malavitas aren't all that stiff, certainly not when compared to the SFs or those old school SPIs you've been riding.
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Old 01-03-2015, 02:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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make sure you dont buy the old diodes with the carbon highback (they are still floating around on ebay etc), they are anything but bomb proof.
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Another vote for flux sf's, paired with a stiff board and its a bulldozer of a set up
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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So many great recommendations. I am having some overload here .

Flux SF: Do you think my BillyGoat 2013 162 (C2BTX) is stiff enough? Also, the predominant complaint seems to be the complete lack of damping in these bindings. Does that bug you?

Now Drive: These look pretty cool, nice reviews. I think these would be a big departure from the stiff responsive feel I am used to, but maybe I need to adapt to this brave new world.

Questions: Are canted footbeds as great as they seem? My knees are pretty good, but I am getting older. Why isn't every binding canted if they are so excellent?
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I can answer the canted footbed question. I think they have made a huge difference in the end of day fatigue factor. I have the cants on my Rome 390 boss bindings. At first i started with the lowest degree and now i am riding the 3 degree cants and love it.

I have never had problems with my knees but the canting just makes me feel that much better at the end of my riding day.
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Old 01-06-2015, 07:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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+1 on the rome 390 boss with canting. I do have a bad knee and at the end of the day feels fine.
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