New bindings for the BF
So my boyfriends birthday is coming up, and I want to get him a new pair of bindings. We went to the shop today to browse a little, but both sales reps were total idiots and had no idea what they were talking about so we didn't get very far.
My boyfriend rides mostly free ride, but wants to start hitting the park. He wants something responsive, but the major issue with his last bindings was that the bindings got too loose during and at the end of runs. So the new bindings need to be responsive but secure, great for free riding but something that will let him progress into the park. I'd say he's a mid level intermediate rider. He wears a size 12 boot.
My price ceiling is around $230.
A few years ago I got him a starter set up so he could come riding with me (serious beginner stuff, morrow siphon board, lamar bindings and head boots) every holiday i've been trying to upgrade his setup one piece at a time, and last christmas I got him some really nice DC boots which he loves. So at this point he needs new bindings and new board. Would it be better just to throw the $230 towards a new board or upgrade the bindings for this season and worry about the board this summer when deals are cheap?
Any recommendations or insight is greatly appreciated.