Ride Alpha or Delta?
I am going back and forth over getting a good deal on 2011 Ride Alpha or Delta MVMNT bindings. I have been a Flow rider since 1993 when I moved from Morrow baseless bindings to Flows and never really looked back at the two strappers. This was until my last session of this season when I was in CO for business and was able to close the season out with a half day at Loveland in April. (which was still riding great BTW) Anyways, I left the top straps of my flows @ home so I'm standing there in the parking lot @ Loveland with my NS Heritage and no usable bindings on a glorious spring day cursing myself for being such a dumbass. I go to the rental shop, no Flow top straps their to use, they suggested I go to the shop and see if there are any bindings still available to demo.. Walk over there and soon enough a betty was lashing a pair of the Ride Delta's to my board. To make a long story short I freaking loved the Delta MVMNT's! Bindings have come a long way and I was shocked at how responsive these things were compared to my Flow NXT-ATSE's. (Yes they are properly set up) Anyhoo, I want some and after searching the web I stumbled across the Alpha's which seem to me to be the same binding but with a slightly different high back (Stealth RS Vs Stealth) and ankle strap and color. Those are the only differences I can make out on the web. Has anyone ridden both and care to comment?
I like the blue of the Alpha's better than the black of the Delta's and though I loved the Stealth highback if the Stealth RS is a tad stiffer I think it would suit my NS Heritage and my riding style a bit better (freeride, all-mountain) but I have to say that I was blown away by the Delta's. I can pick up either right now for about 40% off which to me is worth not waiting for the 2012's, plus I know I love the 2011 binding b/c I shredded with them half a day.
So, anyone know what the difference is between the Alpha and Delta? Is it just what I mentioned above b/c they seem very similar with just slight difference. If that is the case I am going to get the Alpha's but I want which ever is stiffer of these two Freestyle bindings. Thanks!