women's bindings (for BTX)
I started boarding 3 years ago with your basic beginner's setup (5150 Velour, 5150 Dynasty bindings, and the Burton Casas), but last season I really started to feel like my board isn't really suited to my body type and style of riding, so in April I went out and got the Gnu B-Street, which seems like it'll be wicked awesome (clearly haven't had a chance to test it out yet)...
(oh and my 5150 was a 148; the gnu is a 141, hopefully that works out)
I didn't buy bindings at the time because I hadn't done enough research, but I'm at the point now where I think I'm almost there -- just need a little more help.
I think my top choices would be either the Rome Madisons (or the Struts? What's the major difference?) or the Union Milans -- any other suggestions? Is one better suited to the banana tech than the other?
Also last question (sorry): would it be worth it to invest in new boots also? the casas were sweet for a while but i was feeling a lot of heel lift this past season
The B-street is my current go-to board for daily riding and I LOVE it. It's soft enough to be playful, but still stiff enough to handle the whole mountain. There is a pretty big difference between a 141 and a 148 - how much do you weigh? I weigh about 110 pounds and find the 141 to be an ideal length.
As for boots, I too started out with the Casas. They are fine for beginners, but if you have the funds, it will be worth your while to get some nicer boots. In particular, the Casas are very soft and unresponsive. They also cut off the circulation in my feet. I now ride Salomon Ivys (a mid-stiff boot) and am much happier.
As for bindings, the Madisons are solid and are well-suited for all-mountain shredding. I own a pair and my only complaint is that they are a bit big for my tiny feet: I wear a size 4 boot and they are both too wide and a smidge too long. I also own a pair of K2 Virtues, which I love. Very comfortable and comparable flex to the Madisons.
You should also consider Union Trilogy and Ride DVa. I would actually recommend finding new boots first (always try them on before buying!), then try bindings with your new boot to guarantee a good fit.
Yay for new gear! Have fun shopping! :)
Oh awesome, glad to hear a good review for the b-street (i mean, not that i expected anyone to hate it). I weigh like 115 so the first board was pretty unwieldy and I got frustrated with it a lot, so sounds like the 141 will be better.
I think I'm gonna stick with the Casas for now until they give me serious problems - I ended up buying the Madisons and my boots happened to fit them perfectly :)
The only problem now is the fact that i'm so stoked about the new gear it's gonna kill me to wait 5 months to try it out
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