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Old 12-15-2010, 07:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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whatever happened to northwave and drake bindings as a leading company in the industry? i happened to noticed a pic of allesandro boyens rocking the drake 50's on his evo..

http://neversummer.com/files/2010/10...ndroBoyens.jpg

has anyone ridden the newer models of these bindings?

I've still riding a pair of northwave decade boots and i love them.
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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iv got a set of mickey lablac Irish editions that i got from my cousin for $50!! one miss matched strap not to bad tho!!
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I just saw this post! The are still a great binding and I am not sure why people dont use them anymore. I do and a few of my buddy and they are so good, really supportive, nice toe cap and super responsive!
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My first pair of boots was a Northwave circa 1995 that were retard-soft compared to today's boots but I liked them at the time. I had a pair of Drake SuperSports that lasted me 4 or 5 seasons, comfy, and built to last.

But you're right, you don't hear much about Drake/Northwave anymore. I thought I heard they are targeting the European market and kinda scaled back in the North American market.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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a guy at a shop told me that some of the designers from Drake went to uninon. I'm not sure if it is true but the unions i have do have similar features to my drakes.
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a guy at a shop told me that some of the designers from Drake went to uninon. I'm not sure if it is true but the unions i have do have similar features to my drakes.
This is exactly what happened.
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Old 02-04-2011, 03:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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haha nice, got some solid info out of a shop guy. thats always fun.
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Used to ride 2001 Drake Podiums and they had way too many parts and options and fell apart. I paid like $300 for them and they were so uncomfortable. The early Unions were very similar to drakes just with HUGE upgrades. I bet drake is kicking themselves for not allowing the engineers to make the improvements they wanted to. C3 gave them an opportunity and it has clearly paid off.
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yeah whatever the union guys are doing it is working.
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I had top of the line Drake LTD's in 2003-2004. My girlfriend had the Drake Lady Matrix.

The head guys at Drake left and formed Union in 2004. It was downhill for Drake/Northwave from there.
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