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Old 04-20-2010, 12:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All,

I bought the Burton Escapade binding for my girlfriend cause they were a bargain, and other beginner bindings like the Burton Lexa were not in stock. Since then I realise the Escapade is a binding directed at Advanced Freeriders, and is very stiff and not very forgiving for beginners.

Im looking for some advice, I dont want my girl to struggle with learning on this binding. Do you guys/gals think that learning on this binding will cause problems?

Should I sell them, and purchase something more entry level, with forgiving flex? Something like the Union Cadet Lady, or Burton Lexa, or RideEX?


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Old 04-23-2010, 09:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't have any experience riding a stiff binding, so I can't really answer your question. Sorry.

It would probably depend on her athletic ability and her willingness to take risks. Is she strong? Will she pick up snowboarding easily? Will she push through difficulties? Is she interested in trying park or ground tricks?

However, a few thoughts on bindings.

The Burton Escapade is a very nice binding, but also one of the stiffest out there for women.

The Burton Lexa is not technically a beginner binding, but that's okay. It's a good binding and will be fine for a beginner to learn on. I personally think the Lexas and the Escapades are way overpriced, though, and would only buy them if they were more than 50% off.

In general, I would suggest that you stay away from the cheapest binding of any line - in my experience, they are just too hard to get in and out of, are uncomfortable, etc. If you want Union, go for the MIlan or Trilogy. If you want Ride, go for the Vxn or Dva (the RX is a men's binding). Rome also has an excellent line of women's bindings. I personally ride K2 Virtues and love them.
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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She'll be fine. What type of board does she have? As long as it's not a really stiff board she'll be good to go. A stiff binding creates more response with minimal effort. This is a problem with beginners. They tend to over-think things causing them to overcompensate. For example, they can't get a toeside turn down clean so they think pushing into it harder will work. The stiffer the binding, the less you actually have to push to get the needed response.

It's not a huge deal. In fact, it'll probably make her a better rider. It'll force her to concentrate on technique.
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Old 04-23-2010, 02:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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She's going to love those bindings and she will be able to grow skill wise into them. No way they will be stiffer then the ski boot type like set-up I learned on. (ie. ski boot with hardboot bindings)
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