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Old 02-17-2010, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cartels of NrCs for a SL?

I apologize if this topic has already been covered. I'm sold on getting a NS SL with my tax return. Now the only question is which bindings to put on it. I was 90% sold on putting Ride Nrcs on it, but after talking to a guy at my local shop, i'm having doubts. He said i might lose some of the versatility of the SL by putting the stiffer NrCs on it. I asked if Burton Cartels(another option i considered) would be a better fit and he absolutely agreed they would.
The price difference isn't really an issue cause i've found them pretty close to the same price. I'm a solid intermediate rider who rides everything from groomers to double blacks. I really wanna improve my groundtricks, butters, and excel in the trees. Which of the 2 bindings would any of you recommend for the SL?
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would definitely rock NRcs on an SL-R, with the adjustable stiffness anklestrap, you should be able to dial in a perfect amount of flex, they aren't that stiff either. If you want something a bit softer then go with the Deltas instead which are perfect for an allmountain freestyle deck. Not sure what bindings you currently ride, but make sure if you are considering the cartels to try them out first, I hate the excessive forward lean built in
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I have NRc's on my SL and really like them. I prefer bindings with quick response so the stiff binding doesn't scare me away. The NRc's are very adjustable, the ankle strap has inserts that can be moved or removed to customize the flex. In my opinion the highback isn't that stiff, but I'm not a jibkid. I believe the NRc's are heavier, but what's a couple ounces of binding weight in the grand scheme of your weight on the board.

Disclaimer: I prefer ride bindings and would probably be classified as a ride fanboy.
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King: Have you played with the canted footbed adjustments? That's a big reason i'm leaning toward the NrCs.

Has anyone ridden both pairs of bindings who could comment on the advantage/disadvantages of the two.(other then the forward lean on Cartels)
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Have you played with the canted footbed adjustments?
Ya I do cant the footbeds. I'm 6'4", ride a 25" stance at 12/-12, so the ability to customize the degree of canting on the footbed was a big attraction for me. I think Ride's whole 2010 lineup has the Wedgie footebeds which are canted to a set position, either 2.5 of 4 I believe. If those standard angles would work for you, some of their other bindings like the Delta mentioned above might fit the bill. I ultimately went with the NRc because I wanted the ability to dial the cant to exactly what I wanted. I ended up with the settings on the footbed at 0's on the instep, and about a 5.5 on the outside. I also have a pair of 09 SPi's, which I think have more padding/dampening than my 2010 NRc's for what its worth.
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This is somewhat of a thread hi-jack but I think that Boulder will benefit from my question. Boulder if not just boot me out of here and I can start my own thread.

I too bought the forum darling NS SL-R. I am looking for some bindings and was also considering the NRCs. I was also looking at the Rome Targas. How do these two compare in terms of stiffness? Like boulder I want a binding to compliment the SL-R and not be too stiff for playing around on the slopes but rarely in the park.
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NRCs all the way!
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NRCs all the way!
Thanks for the reply triple, can you elaborate? How do they compare in stiffness?
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I think you guys have solidified my decision...I'm going with the NrCs!
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