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Old 07-27-2010, 09:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default All mountain binding....

I'm starting my search to replace my broken down Burton Cartels for my all mountain stick. I've gone back and forth with a bunch of different bindings but can't really decide between them. Here's what I've been looking at:

-Ride Delta MVMNT
-Flux Super Titan
-K2 Auto
-Rome Targa
-Ride RX

I really liked how my old Cartels felt; responsive, yet playful and parkable. I'm looking for something along the same lines. I'm really leaning towards the Ride or K2 bindings because of the canted footbeds (I had foot problems last season, I'm thinking the canted footbeds would relieve some pressure on the inside of my left foot).

What do you guys recommend?
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I love my Targas, and feel like they work well everywhere (though I'm admittedly a novice park rider). They have canted foot beds for 10/11.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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+1 for Targas. They've gone everywhere on the mountain for me.
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ride RX can be scratched off your list. The Ride Delta is on the softer side of Ride's bindings. If you are looking for a stiffer binding the SPI is a better choice. The SPIs are sick for all-mountain riding. I've ridden the Delta and they were also great bindings. They functioned well enough for all-mountain as well.

I hear Rome Targas are great bindings with a lot of adjustability. Since you are looking for an all-around binding, this just might be your go to binding.

I can't knock K2 Autos either. Again, I prefer the Auto Evers for all-mountain though.

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Old 07-27-2010, 01:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd go with either the Super Titans or Targas. I prefer the Flux'es myself.

I personally do not care for Ride SPi's. There is stiff and then there is SPi stiff. If you've never ridden them, I'd liken it to dipping your feet in concrete, then bolting them to your board. There, you have SPi's.
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Targas all day!!! also agree with above post, spi's are Very stiff. nice binding but I wouldnt call them all mountain. more of a freeride/bigMountain binding.
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well, I demoed the 2011 SPIs. Not sure if much has changed since last year. I loved them for all-mountain
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Ride RX can be scratched off your list. The Ride Delta is on the softer side of Ride's bindings. If you are looking for a stiffer binding the SPI is a better choice. The SPIs are sick for all-mountain riding. I've ridden the Delta and they were also great bindings. They functioned well enough for all-mountain as well.

I hear Rome Targas are great bindings with a lot of adjustability. Since you are looking for an all-around binding, this just might be your go to binding.

I can't knock K2 Autos either. Again, I prefer the Auto Evers for all-mountain though.

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I'm thinking the SPi's are gonna be too stiff for what I'm looking for (rated 8/10 on Ride's stiffness rating). The reason I'm considering the Deltas is because a Ride rep I talked to recommended them as a replacement for my Cartels since they're similar in stiffness (6/10 rating). Did you really think they were that soft though? Should I be looking at the Alphas instead?

Also, have your ridden any of the K2 Auto bindings? How well does that funky toe strap work?
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm thinking the SPi's are gonna be too stiff for what I'm looking for (rated 8/10 on Ride's stiffness rating). The reason I'm considering the Deltas is because a Ride rep I talked to recommended them as a replacement for my Cartels since they're similar in stiffness (6/10 rating). Did you really think they were that soft though? Should I be looking at the Alphas instead?

Also, have your ridden any of the K2 Auto bindings? How well does that funky toe strap work?
No, no... I was basing it on Ride's chart. They are softer for Ride bindings. Ride has a penchant for stiff products (that's what she said) lol. Even their softer rated boards are considered pretty stiff by other brand's standards.

I love the Deltas. I just personally favor the stiffer SPIs because I'm a pretty aggressive rider. Fun for bombing runs!

I've demoed the 2011 K2 Auto line so the toe straps are different from previous years. The ones I demoed were superb. You do a micro adjustment on the "Labia Lips" to fit the toe of your boot and strap in by ratcheting the heel strap.

The top lip of the toe strap goes over the tip of the toe area of your boots. The bottom lips hug the front lower part of your boot. It looks funky, but feels great. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about K2 Autos.
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I owned numerous pairs of Ride SPi's and used to love them. That said they became too stiff for my knees and lower back so I had to switch it up. The Targas which I don't own but have come close to buying a couple of different times remind me a lot of the SPi's but you can tone down the stiffness on them which is a nice touch. I'm riding Union Data's for the last couple of seasons and I love them but am probably going to switch to the K2 Auto's or Flow NXT-AT's for this season. I'm getting old and ease of entry is more important to me than ever before ;-)

Ride had the NRC's last year which were sort of a hybrid binding, mix of RX's and SPi's that I was looking into as well but they canned them for this season. I forget what the replacement is...

Not a very big fan of Flux bindings... I can't shake the cheap chinese feel of them imo. Idk, plenty of people love them and sing they're praises but I was not impressed by them the last time I tried a pair which is probably 2 seasons ago now. I'm sure they've improved by now.
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