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Old 07-18-2011, 07:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cinch CTX or Ride Ill Eagle Contrabands?

Hi everyone, hoping someone could help clear my mind up a bit.
I do a lot of indoor snow dome time here in the UK, and then will be going away for 2-3 weeks come the new season in Europe, so looking for a quick binding to get in and out of indoors but which can hold it's own on a fast piste etc.
I was sure K2 Cinch CTX's were my answer but after a visit to my local snowboarding shop at the weekend and asking their advice they tried to steer me towards the 2012 Ride ill Eagle Contrabands. I hadn't really considered these before but they certinally look good (IMO).
I asked why he suggested these instead and he said he thought the high back on the Cinch's were VERY stiff and that the Ride's would be a better choice.
Also I figured there would be less to go wrong on the Ride's. But still think the Cinch's would be quicker to get in and out of.
The review of the 2012 Cinch's by the angrysnowboader (Link to review) also put the doubt in my mind about how good they'd be.

Now I dont want to buy both so hoping someone could help me decide which would be better! As I said I want them to help me advance with my freestyle (which I'm only just starting at) but also be good enough for some speed when I feel like getting the wind in my hood! lol

My stats:
5ft 10'' height
roughly 80kg weight.
Size 9 UK (10 US) boot

These will be my first bindings and I haven't settled on a board just yet - will be buying bindings and board at same time to demo. So I'm a bit lost as to which would be better!

Therefore I welcome all advice!

Thanks everyone!

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Old 07-18-2011, 02:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the CTX is a great binding. I use it for freeride, for park you might want something lighter. Can't beat the weight of a Contraband or similar park bindings...the K2 are great to get riding on pow faster than others. for partl ou have to sit and wait anyway...I would go with a lighter frame.
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