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Old 09-26-2011, 05:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, so when I bought my gear in late 2009 I wasn't the most educated and probably got suckered into buying specific stuff for reasons other than functionality. I bought the 2010 burton cartel bindings, and everytime I've boarded with them, I've gotten bruises on the bottom of my calves, generally found them too stiff and have gotten sore ankles etc (might also be due to riding styles...).

Going to look to buy a new set before this season in Canada, just seeing what suggestions are? I want generally all rounder bindings, but I'm also going to try to move into a bit more park this season, so something good for that. Mostly jibbing and small jumps/rails/boxes I guess, no real interest in massive jumps at this stage.

Board is: 2009 Ride Agenda
Boots: pretty sure 2009 Vans BFB size 9.5

Any suggestions would be great I've noticed that this year Burton have set the forward lean to 0, but still worried about stiffness and the highback. Thought I'd get some hopefully good advice before I buy a new set.

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Old 09-30-2011, 03:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This year will be my third season riding and by the end of last season i had started hitting the practice park staying on beginner rails and boxes. I ride a 2010 ride crush with 2010 flow quattro bindings like them. The quattro is one of the less expensive models but good for all around riding. I found the single strap to be a stiff and at first, and required a bit of fine tuning, but after they got worn in they were fine. I am getting new bindings for this season though. Because i am selling my old ones to a friend so it's a good opportunity for an upgrade, not because i am dissatisfied with them. Right now I'm leaning towards the 2012 GNU Mutants or GNU Aggros. GNU also makes rear entry bindings but they have two straps, one being a toecap strap, as opposed to flow's single strap design. also, they have a quick release latch on the upper strap to release tension from your ankle while on the chairlift. This also prevents the need to readjust your top strap every time you strap in. While GNU has been using this system for a few years now and falling a little short, apparently they are stepping their game up this year...
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the problem on the old Cartel for most people is stiffness (although it is moderately stiff) it's mostly due to the height. The Team Skyback II was (and probably still is) the tallest highback that anyone made, and unfortunately it was too big for most people. If you're getting bruising on your calves, the binding doesn't fit you right.

Definitely look for something with a smaller highback. If you are also looking for something softer check out Flux bindings.
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