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Old 11-08-2010, 08:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK I am old with a little money to spend, no more than $250. I am thinking I need something stiff and responsive (I am old enough few things are stiff or responsive anymore). I have a NS Heritage 155 and ride hard but not in the park. I like POW and jumps when they are at my level. I think I am partial to canted beds (rode P1.1 last year and loved them), but could be talked out of them. I don't mind last years model or used. My goal is a binding that goes well with my board and riding style. Anyone?
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ride SPi would be a great option.....
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ride SPi Snowboard Bindings - '09/'10 at REI.com

A steal, and they do have canted (Wedgie) footbeds.
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I got 09-10 Ride CAD from geartrade.com for $120 or about. they're used a couple times, but it's ok for me(for that price. Canted footbeds, customizable ankle strap, super resposive. Gonna give em a try soon.
Try to find ride NRC. They're not so stiff as CAD, but got canted footbeds also.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm 41 and consider myself a super carver. This is what I've been riding for three years now. No issues what so ever. The base plates have a lifetime warranty, and any Dealer can service the buckles and straps. In three years, I've only had one buckle get jammed up and needed replacing. I think it was from salt and dirt as it happened in the spring time on the last day of the season.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ride SPi would be a great option.....
I would agree. I rode SPIs last winter and they are light, tight and responsive, although this year I'm switching to K2 ctxs which on the carpet are a little more lateral flex and are so easy to get in and out of with the rear entry. hard and stiff though (at least referring to boards and bindings :-) is not always better in my book. I went from a stiff board to a med flex board and it is so much more fun to ride all over the mountain (gnu carbon credit). actually i am an old fart too but will never be too old for snowboarding unless something physically totally gives out.. I switched from skiing about 5 years ago and find it to be way easier on my knees.
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Union Force is definitely NOT gonna do it for him. I think best options in your price range are Rome Arsenal and Ride Double Agent. The latter is actually a 9 on the Ride's chart, while the SPi is an 8. Both will be comfy, stiff/responsive, and not super expensive.
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Look at the Forum Republic binding, both last year and this year's model. The binding has a flex of 7/10 so it is a stiff binding, and the price is not gonna put you in the hole. You can probably find a pair of last year's model for $150.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The only binding I have found for my size 9.5 boot in last years binding are the c60's. I can get a NEW pair for $200. Any advice? I looked at the SPI's. All I could find was mediums. I can't find a shop around that carries much for me to get my hands on. Suburban Blend, can you tell me if it would be advantageous in your mind to look at force sl over the force?

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Suburban Blend, can you tell me if it would be advantageous in your mind to look at force sl over the force?
$279 vs $199 The SL will be more responsive and lighter that the Standard Force.
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