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Old 03-16-2011, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ride Spi, Union Force, or Rome Targa?

I'm replacing some old equipment and have narrowed it down to these 3 choices for bindings. All 3 are within $50 give or take so price isn't too much of a consideration: (although the force and targa are a little hard to find right now)

Ride SPi
Union Force
Rome Targa

I was an AASI certified instructor for a few years so would consider myself advanced to expert level.

I mostly ride smaller east coast mountains with groomed conditions, but do make it out west about once a year.

I usually ride pretty aggressively and fast. Don't spend a lot of time in the park. Mostly freeride. I'll occasionally run through the park and hit some jumps but mainly I like to just bomb some runs. I'm leaning towards the SPi's right now but have seen a lot of people think they are way too stiff.

I like a stiff responsive high back, but how stiff are they laterally. I often go riding with begginer/intermediate riders and will mess around doing flatland stuff to keep myself entertained while I'm on the beginner slopes. Are they going to be too stiff and uncomfortable for this?

How affective is the adjustable flex strap? Does it really make that much of a difference? It would be great if I could stiffen it up for days when I'm riding by myself, the soften them up to mess around on easier slopes with friends.

Any recommendations?
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Old 03-16-2011, 01:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Go for Targas. Stiffer than Forces and a little softer than SPi's.
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, I was kind of starting to lean towards the targas, but I went to my local shop to get some hands on time and they dont have them. They also dont have the regular force bindings. Only the force sl.

Normally, I would just order online, but found out that starting tomorrow, they are having their end of season clearance sale so everything is %50 off. This means I can get the spi's for $115, or the force sl's for about $135.

So now its down to the ride spi or the union force sl.
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Meh, two bindings I don't like.

If you don't have a gripe with Ride ratchets get the SPi's.
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If they're on sale, get the SPI's bro. Union = 90% hype.

Ride's ratchets aren't the best, but their toe straps currently hold the crown. They also have comfortable footbeds especially with the wedgie cants. Ankle straps are eh... nothing special. Although like the Targas, the ankle strap on the SPI is adjustable flex wise.

The chasis and highback on the SPI's are tanks though. Super responsive for freeriding.

If you find the Targas, that's the way to go. SPI is a definite second. Force doesn't even belong in your list.
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