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Old 01-16-2011, 03:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just recently decided to buy my first snowboard and gear and with the help of another thread i decided on getting the K2 Darkstar. But now I need some help on deciding what kind of binds would go well with the darkstar.

I already have size 10 Burton Hail boots. And I will probably be getting a 155 Cm Darkstar with a waist width of 247 mm. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for bindings that would go well with this board.

Budget: <250
Riding style: All mountain, but will start getting into park and freestyling

Some bindings im looking at are,

Union Contacts : Union Contact Snowboard Bindings Reviews & Sale | trusnow.com

Union Forces : Union Force Snowboard Bindings Reviews & Sale | trusnow.com

Burton Missions: Mission Binding | Burton Snowboards

Burton Cartels: Cartel Binding | Burton Snowboards

Any advice and recommendations will be greatly appreciated
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would check out Rome's 390 boss which runs around $230. It's what I use on my Never Summer Legacy and works great for all mountain. It comes with insert pads for different canting options. The toe strap is great and doesn't move around. The ankle strap is really padded and with high back, it has some decent flex for park but stiff enough to carve the steeps.
I almost got the forces, however read some stuff about the toe strap and went with Romes. I cant comment on the Missions, but the Cartels in the past felt pretty stiff if you are looking into park riding.
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would the 390 bosses be compatible with the k2 darkstar?
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I'm riding Burton Hail boots and Cartel bindings on my Parkstar and like the setup a lot. Should also work pretty good on a Darkstar.
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Yes they are compatible. K2 has the same bolt pattern as my never summer it looks like. The bindings go on easy.
The only thing to point out if you get these or any rome binding is at first when I installed mine, it seemed that the screws were too small. The trick I used (which was posted on another thread here) was to put 3 of the screws in first with no washers. Then screw the fourth one in with the washer. Then you will go back around and add the washers to the other 3. Reason being is because pad on the base of the binding needs to compress a little for the binding to be installed properly.
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You can't go wrong with Union stuff. Too bad this year I haven't able to find any good sales like previous years.
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