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Old 10-16-2010, 07:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, hoping to get some advice on buying my first pair of bindings. I've been snowboarding 8 days total, and am seriously considering buying a Never Summer Infinity 156 as my first board. I wear mens 8 K2 Raider boots.

Should I buy women's specific bindings or mens? Are easy entry bindings worthwhile? I'd prefer a light weight binding with good shock absorption and dampening if possible (bad knees).

Some bindings I've been considering:
Burton Lexa
K2 Auto Agogo
Union Force SL / Trilogy / Milan / Contacts
Rome Madison / 390
SP bindings with Fastec technology

Unfortunately I can't test ride any, and will be buying online. My "local" snowboard shops are 2hrs drive away and have limited stock. Are my boots likely to fit most bindings or is it critical to try before you buy?

Thoughts, opinions???
Thanks for your time
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not familiar with somen's bindings, but I'd go with something with a mid-flex, all-mountain design that way they won't be so stiff that every flail you make leads to your eating shit nor will they be so soft that you feel unsupported. Plus, no matter what type of riding you gravitate toward, they'll be able to get the job done.
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Follow the sizing guide that comes with each binding and you should be fine. There aren't nearly as many options for women as there are for men, so the more women purchase women-specific products, the more choices we'll have - so buy women's bindings if you can.

Cushioning and shock absorption? Rome Madisons. Done.

If those don't work, the Lexas are a good option. Also look into K2 Virtues.
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My girlfriend got the Lexa bindings for her board last season after about the same time snowboarding as you. It seems like a solid binding, decent amount of padding and a great for all mountain use.

You can pick up last season's for under $150.

If not, I agree with lilfoot on the Madisons or Virtues as other alternatives.
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Stoked that you are gearing up and are taking the time to do bindings right. Ever hear that "the board is the most important piece of gear you will buy" or "your boots are the m...."? Between board boots and bindings, there is no most important component. Your setup will only be as good as the worst piece that you buy. Women are particlarly affected by this (like lilfoot mentioned above) because there are way fewer choices.

Check out the Flow Prima SE if you get a chance. Even a few years ago bindings at this level did not exist for female riders. This is a female specific model from the ground up:

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I just picked up a pair of Union Flites, I am amazed about how much of a binding you get for $159.00. The M/L size would be perfect for a ladies size 8.
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