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Old 02-13-2011, 01:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone know what improvements/modifications have been made to this binding over the years given? I have found the 2009's new for $110, and the 2011s for $130. I have picked these bindings based on what I have read as far as being a great budget binding. I do mostly groomed trails, a little bit of small jumps. No terrain park stuff, at least yet. I plan on purchasing these bindings and putting them on a K2 Raygun board.

Difference is only $20, so the obvious seems to go with the newer ones. However sometimes "improvements" = cost reductions and a lesser product. Input would be great, looking to buy tomorrow as that is when the sale ends on the board and the bindings.

Another option, should I wait and pick up a better binding in the next couple months? However, seeing that a decent 2009 binding is still going for $110, how much could I really gain?

Right now I have the K2 Raygun paired with 2011 Ride EX coming to about $400 shipped.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just got a set of '09 or '10 Ride EX for $105 from my local store(they had the '11 for $140). The newer model has wedged footbeds and mine don't. The tool-less adjustment for the straps is kinda cheap, the levers like to pop loose on the toe strap when I land a bigger jump. The ratchets seem good and I havnt had a problem with them yet, always release easily. Now that I've got them set how I want I just wrapped some electrical tape around the lever for the toe strap so it can't come loose and I havnt had any more problems.

I'd go with the newer ones just for the wedged footbeds and hope they improved the lock/levers for the tool-less strap adjusters. I went for the cheaper ones because I like my foot directly on the board, no foam in the way to take away from the feel....and because I'm a cheap a$$ and was buying boots at the same time
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