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Old 08-13-2011, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Bindings/boots for a freeride setup

Alright, I'm getting a new board for this season, so far I've decided on the board, a Venture Storm 181. Now I need to decide on bindings. I will be doing absolutely no park stuff, a mix of some groomers, but a lot of powder when I go out west. I like a responsive ride, but also like to cruise. I asked a while back when I was unsure of what board to get and was recommended to get Rome Targas with Salomon Malamutes. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-13-2011, 01:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I won't recommend boots, try them on and decide for yourself.

Look at Ride El Hefe's, Flux DMCC's, Raiden Machines, K2 Ever's, Ride Maestro's, or Salomon Calibers.
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Old 08-13-2011, 01:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I understand on not recommending boots, but it will probably help me to have a couple pairs in mind when I go to buy a pair. Which leads to my next question, Where can I find a good snowboarding shop in NE Ohio or near Atlanta Georgia?
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Ride double agents, Burton p1.1, Union Force SL

In atl there is REI, altantaski, and rockymtn all are ok for the south.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The Raiden Machines look promising, but I can't find much about them on the internet. Can anyone give me an idea as to the general quality of Raiden bindings or specific information on the Machines?
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The Raiden Machines look promising, but I can't find much about them on the internet. Can anyone give me an idea as to the general quality of Raiden bindings or specific information on the Machines?
Hi MrOverkill,

The Machine is a very cool model. Strength is certainly emphasized. The cable reinforced ladder straps (the most commonly broken binding part) are the toughest in the industry. The dual air dampening system on the base cushions big landings (especially on ice and hardpack) which put major strain on any bindings. The 3 degree air cant is very well done (if you want a canted model). The quality is top notch and as with all Nitro products, the warranty is top rate and hassle free.



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Old 08-14-2011, 12:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Alright, that's great to hear.

So far, this is my list to look at when I go to a store, in order of my interest:

Raiden Machines
Rome Targas
K2 Evers
Rome Arsenals

Does that sound good to you guys?

Also, should I try to get a pair of bindings from last year now, or wait until Winter to get the '12s?
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I wouldn't consider the Targas a freeride binding. All-mountain, yes...but freeride, no. The highbacks aren't quite stiff enough IMO. I used a pair last season but switched to the Ride CAD instead, which has a MUCH stiffer highback. I'd second the Ride El Hefe, or last year's stiffest Ride model if you can find it, the Double Agent. The Rome Arsenal is also a good stiff binding, and very reasonably priced as too.
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'll keep those in mind. I'm going to the store tomorrow, maybe I can get a good deal on boots/bindings since it's Summer.

I'm still leaning towards the Raidens, Machines would be best, with Blackhawks a close second. The Hefes are a little out of my price range, but the Double Agents look great. I'll let you guys know what I decide either way and then update as the season hits and I get to ride.
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Best boots I've worn are Nike Kaiju, Nike Zoom Force 1, ThirtyTwo Lashed, ThirtyTwo TM2 and DC Park.

The DC's so far have been my favorite because they have awesome lace hooks and the inner liner is very simple with no sleeve/cinch to mess with. The liner also short ankle sleeve (the tongue goes all the way up) in the back which gives it a shoe like feel. Hard to describe, there's still plenty of support for landing but gives you more tweakability.
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