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Old 08-15-2011, 04:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rome Targa, Flux SF45, DMCC Light, Raiden Machine - Setup Advice

Hey gearheads. I'm looking for some very specific things this season and would love some advice from those of you who might be able to help. This is a little long but I tried not to leave out any important details. Here's my specs and riding style -

I'm 5'6", 140 lbs and I have a bit of a bum leg from a severe tibial plateau fracture I earned myself 2 seasons ago when I knuckled out on a big 50 footer. I basically crushed everything at the top of my tib/fib landing flat on a sheet of ice from about 20 feet up. Gotta love those NY conditions. I had it all rebuilt with cadaver bone and metal and managed to get a full season in last year.

I still ride pretty hard despite the leg. I'm 28 years old and lived and rode in upstate NY for 15 years before I moved to Colorado last year and got in about 50 days of the most incredible riding I've ever experienced. On decent pow days I'm usualy at Vail, Breck or Beaver Creek looking for the gnarliest untouched terrain I can handle. This includes mostly everything up to about 30 ft cliffs or so. I don't really send it much bigger than that. Days without the fresh are usually spent bombing at Keystone or Breck with friends and mixing in a few park laps here and there. In the park I'm not hitting anything much better than 30 feet or so nowadays. I may try to start working my way back up a little more this year, but honestly I probably won't be in the park all that much. Maybe 5-8 laps max on days when I'm not doing anything else.

Last year I rocked a Skate Banana 152 with Targas and a cambered DH 151 with Forces. Since breaking my leg and moving out here, my style has obviously moved away from these types of boards quite a bit and therefore, I'm replacing them both. In NY I rode probably 90% park for years since that's just about the only fun you can have on those tiny little ice blocks they call mountains. In CO it's mostly backcountry powder and bombing groomers since it's so much fun and waaaay easier on the leg. The only start I have on the new setup/s is a NS Proto CT 154 I picked up just yesterday. Here's the advice I'm looking for:

Bindings for the Proto - How much of a difference will cantered beds make? I've never ridden anything with them before but it seems like they might be ideal for me. Nearly all the pain I get in the leg is from having my knee joint rattled around when bent out further than it likes to be, especially when bombing stuff like the little death cookies and torn up runs that aren't groomed. Dropping cliffs and landing on trannies is no problem at all as long as it's smooth. It's the high speed rattling and jarring that really kills it and can end my whole day after just a couple runs of it. I've already had to narrow my stance more than I'd like in order to line up my leg better to absorb jitter. Would canter help allign the joint better or allow me to widen my stance back out a little? Seems like it should. With my specific situation would this be enough difference to sway a buying decision away from something awesome that doesn't have it like Flux SF45s?

Also, which binders have a lot of dampening without sacrificing too much performance or becoming way heavy?

Top considerations right now are 2012 Targas (since I liked my last ones and they now have the cantered beds), SF45s or DMCC Lights (the DMCCs may be a little too freestyle oriented but I'm still interested because of the weight and construction), Raiden Machines (cantered again) or Phantoms. I'm also considering some Burtons, but I wouldn't be suprised to hear that even the highest end ones are overpriced and overrated. What do you guys think? Oh... and my boots are size 8 Nike Zoom Kaiju, and they are narrow. I've heard that Flux makes their bindings pretty wide. Would this be an issue at all?

Lastly, once I get out on the Proto a few times I'm going to decide if that stick is really the all mountain quiver killer it's hyped up to be. I may want to add something like a NS Heritage, SL or Premier F1 to my collection. Something super damp that will just plow through any of the rough stuff like a caddilac. Maybe even a Slayblade, BSoD or T. Rice. I'll be assesing this once the season starts so I can demo these rides, and decide if I want to ride something besides just the Proto, but any input here is also appreciated.

Thanks for the help!

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Old 08-15-2011, 07:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sound's like you'd really like Machines. Air Dampening with canting is gonna feel good. Micro disc too to get you some truer board flex. Only thing damper are probably K2's but I still like the nylon/alu combo in Raiden.

And if you want a super damp manly board look at the K2 Protohype, harhsmellow under your feet is ridiculous. Next closest I've ridden is honestly maybe a Highlife UL. Membrain and Slimewalls are no joke.
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Canted footbeds and asymetrical highbacks (rotate them also) will help you avoid pain from that leg injury (I have similar injuries).
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Thanks guys! The Raiden bindings do look ultra cushy. I definitely always rotate the highbacks. I'll look into the protohype. My cousin has a slayblade with harshmellow and loves it. Says it's super stable and damp. Only thing with that is I definitely want something that will destroy big mountain powder and I know the slayblade is flat camber. Don't know if the protohype is that way too or if it has some rocker on it for the float. I imagine the Slayblade locks into the hardpack groomers like crazy though. I'm thinking a raptor looks perfect for pow and will be super damp on the trails as well.

Anybody ridden the Raiden machines or the flux that has firsthand input?
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