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Old 02-09-2011, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I see alot of threads in this section of people asking about certain bindings features. They get alot of responses about rome and ride bindings... But heres what I have concluded over the past eight years of riding... Burton in my opinion has the nicest biindings on the market.. I know flow has their rear entry deal and im not into that. But burton bindings have the smoothest ratchets, softest straps, cleanest design, and best colorways. Why is it that not many people on here share my opinion? Im just wondering if theres something im missing that isnt so good with burton bindings...
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Because its personal preference and every ones foot is different. Burtons for me are not the most comfortable... I don't really like their colors, I think there are cleaner designs, and I don't typically like their highbacks.
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Fashion... It comes and goes. I've heard nothing but good stuff about burton bindings from people who use them, but I guess they suck since they are made by the evil mainstream company called burton.
I'm getting Missions for my next pair of bindings I've heard too many good things about them, should be worth to at least try them out.
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I've owned four pairs of Burton bindings in my 11 years of riding ('01 Customs, '08 Missions, '08 Cartels, '09 CO2s) and aside from the Missions, they were all great bindings. The Missions were no doubt the worst bindings I've ever mounted to a board though. Terrible quality all around, absolutely no response at all. The Cartels were my main bindings for a couple years, but in the end they kept breaking so I replaced them with a pair of Rome Targas. The CO2s are one of my favorite mid-stiff flexing bindings as well, really comfy and supportive, great response for freeride.

I think a lot of people get into that "buck ferton" kick and hate on all their products. I probably won't ever consider any of their lower end or mid priced gear, but their higher end stuff is super legit IMO (albeit slightly overpriced sometimes).
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I have demoed plenty of Burton bindings. I have ridden many pairs of friend's Burton bindings. I just got back from a test fest where I demoed the 2012 line.

Each and every time I ride a pair, I think to myself, "I like so and so binding better."

They aren't horrible, but just aren't that good in my opinion. The toe caps don't always fit correctly even though I have Burton boots and that causes them to come loose especially during a tail press.

An EST paired on an ICS is in fact very comfortable thanks to pure cushioning underfoot rather than cushioning over plastic plates. But I don't own an ICS board so no EST for me.

I do like the new 2012 Cartels and have liked the Restricted Malavitas, but that's it. Still, as I mentioned above, I can give you a list of plenty of other bindings I rather own.

As for colors? It's all the same really. Blacks, whites, blues, crazy bright colors, mixtures of any of these, some cool graphics here and there... all companies have these things so the aesthetic argument is pretty moot.

If you like Burton bindings, rock them. I just have plenty of other preferences like the Rome 390 bosses or Targas, especially the 2012 Targas coz boy oh boy do they rock.
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^^I hate to sidetrack the thread, but Leo, how do the 2012 Targas compare to the 2011?

Ok back on track...
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Leo, Were you in stratton??
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I currently have a pair of '11 Burton Customs and think they are great. They are super comfortable and I like the fact that the toe strap goes over the front of the toes rather than on top so it forces your leg back into the highback. I'd buy them again.
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I've ridden quite a few bindings and it always comes down to personal preference of fit and feel. I've found what I like in a binding and I'm always willing to give any brand a chance.
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^^I hate to sidetrack the thread, but Leo, how do the 2012 Targas compare to the 2011?

Ok back on track...
Dude, the 2012 Targas are so sick. I don't know if you are familiar with my love of Flow bindings, but I'm actually strongly considering selling my FSE's to put towards the 2012 Targas. The new conformist 3.0 toesraps are the bomb. The highback has also changed to be more adjustable and actually, it is like the Flow NXT-FSE highbacks in the way they are adjustable.

Unfortunately, I still noticed the same paint chip issue on the chasis. Didn't see any chipping on the highbacks though which is a good sign considering these are demo bindings.

@agfracing: No, I was not in stratton.
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