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Old 01-13-2011, 09:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been riding for about 5-6 years with a Burton StepIn boots/bindings. My board is a Salomon Regulate 168.

I am thinking on getting rid of the stepins, and getting some proper boots and bindings. I was initially interested in Flows, or the K2 Cinchers, as I like the easy in/out idea.. but then I ran across the Catek FR2s.

To me, most of the more common softboot bindings just seem cheap. In contrast, the FR2 Evos just seem bomb proof. I'm a big dude, 6'4", 260-270 lbs, and like to carve somewhat aggressively.

Problem is, I'm hesitant on buying the rather expensive gear without knowing whether or not they will fit my brickish feet (size 13-14). I don't have the boots selected yet, and will probably be limited to whatever I can find in the local stores.

To add to my doubt, I can't help but to have the impression that Catek is just a couple guys with access to decent machine shop, who just so happen to bang out a few nice bindings every now and then. With all due respect (again, I really want the bindings! )I'm questioning their costumer support. Judging from some posts I have read from Catek owners, these guy just seem to close up shop and disappear from time to time for weeks on end.

I would have posted this on the Catek forum, but it appears to be broken, and doesn't let me register as a user (another shadow of doubt).


Does anyone have experience with the Catek softboot binding? Could you guesstimate how large a boot they could accommodate?

I'd like a SWOARD Dual, but for now I have to keep my existing board. Does anyone see an issue with mountain the FR2 to the Salomon Regulate?

Another option I have considered is trying to find a less expensive strap binding, and trying to fit it to my Burton step-in boot. Has anyone ever heard of someone using a Step-In boot with a non-step-in binding (after removing the the ratchets/straps from the boot)?



Sorry for the erratic post. I suppose I could condense it to... big guy, big feet, looking for good, strong soft-boot bindings and boots.. hard carving and free-ride.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I know here is some FR2 users. IMO this bindings is for the people who know what for they gonna use it. You should be able to carve a regular softies, and do it well. You should have a 9/10 stiff or more boots and longer board.
I' amazied with my Ride CAD's with plates and FR2 is a step up from this.

And, my advice. Get a catek plate. (round one for this bindings. IF you gonna use it with regular(not alpine) boards this would help you to transfer power closer to the edge.
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input.

For the boot, as I have said, I currently have Burton Step-Ins, and have yet to find my next boots for the new bindings. I am hoping at finding some stiff boots, but unfortunately, my choices are somewhat limited. Toronto, Ontario isn't exactly that snowboarding capital of Canada, and I am very hesitant on buying boots online (without trying them on). Local stores tend to only carry a few types in my size, if any at all.

My current board, Salomon Regulate 168, is a relatively decent board. There aren't many boards out there that are as long and as wide, aside from a few. All things considered, I feel my current deck is adequate. If I were to upgrade, it would be for a SWOARD Dual, or perhaps a Lib Tech Skunk Ape (180). Long/wide softboot boards are also rather few and far between.

I like to carve.. and so far, believe it or not, the Burton step-ins have held their own. They just become a problem in powder, and when they get packed snow in them.

Although I am interested in Alpine, I don't feel I'm ready to make the jump just yet. Getting out of the hard shelled boots was one of the things that drew me to snowboarding over skiing. If I had some proper hills around here, I'd be in hardboots.. but for where I am currently living, it just doesn't seem sensible.

Also, the costs involved in having to buy ALL new gear is Wifey incompatible.


Anyhoo, thanks for the input. I do plan on trying to get as stiff, and as narrow a boot as possible, whatever binding I end up with.

Really do wish Catek would answer their email/phone. It really doesn't leave me feeling very confident in that company. If they don't answer my calls for 'I really want to buy your stuff', how well will they answer my support calls (if there are any)?

Big drag. I was really stoked when I ran across the FR2s. Feet are getting colder and colder though.
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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PM cifex on this site. He rides those bindings. I've seen the bindings in person and they look great and bombproof. Cifex can give you all the info you need I'm sure.

Stiff boots are hard to find...you are correct in not ordering them online. I've tried the Burton Driver X, which most people say are the stiffest boots and I hated them. I used to ride 32 forecasts, and they were super stuff. I loved those boots but of course 32 quit making them. I want to try the Northwave Domain, but can't find them anywhere to try on and as you said, I'm not ordering them without being able to try them on.

Good luck in the search of boots, it's tough to find stiff boots.

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As to the wife not being happy about buying new gear, I just buy mine jewelry and then I can buy myself pretty much anything I want.
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You can order the Catek bindings from Donek. Donek custom snowboards online snowboard shop snowboard company order buy

Good people and have been great to order boards from.
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