Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: West Chester, PA
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Ride SPI Ratchets
Hi folks, just got back from a trip to Breckenridge. Tried out my new Never Summer SL w/ Ride SPI bindings. The board is really amazing, love it. The Ride SPI bindings, not so much. The bindings gave me amazing response and the ride was great, but the ratchets wore away the plastic. The ratchets also wouldn't release leaving me trapped in my bindings repeatedly, this all happened on day one. It was a great disappointment and I had to rent a set of Burton Cartels at a local shop for the remaining 3 days of my trip. Needless to say, the Ride SPIs have to go back to the store for a refund. I have 5 days in Utah planned, and I can't deal with this crap.
I could tell a significant difference in response between the SPIs and the Cartels. I'm pretty sure I like a binding on the stiffer side, compared to the SPIs, the Cartels felt a tad mushy. Even though I do ride with a little forward lean, I don't like how the Cartels dictate that I have to ride with 7' when I have them set to 0'. The Cartels were reliable though, were considerably lighter than the SPIs and allowed me to fully enjoy the rest of my trip.
I'm just confused now. I have a great board that I love, but I still am on a hunt for a binding that will meet my needs.