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Old 10-04-2011, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I started boarding last year- bought a 2006 Santa Cruz Gian Simmen 160 with 2007 Burton Cartels. I got in 20+ days on the slopes and I'm hooked! Anyhow- my wife is getting me a new deck and bindings for the 11/12 season. I love pow and am working more on park- I'm deciding between NS Evo/Proto.

So I don't know enough about the differences in bindings to know what would be the factors to consider. From what I've read the Cartels in general are popular- the older models have more forward tilt than most bindings. In my ignorance the bindings seem like the most unimportant component of the sb setup- I mean, it holds your boots to the board, right? (:

Since I know there is more to it than just that- can anyone point me in the right direction of what to read that explains all about high backs, stiffness, etc. I imagine the best way is to demo, but I don't have that luxury- thanks in advance. Hoping I can read and educate myself- thx!

Oh, BTW I'm 31, 5'11" 170 lbs.
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cartels would match up good with those boards/your riding style
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice pick with the board! Never Summer boards are darn fun to ride.

I've personally been riding 4 years now and been building my dream set up year by year. This year I've been looking into bindings so I'll share some of what I've learned from searching around.

As far as flex goes; bindings that are more flexible tend to make it easier to really man-handle your board in the park. Stiffer bindings tend to give you faster response edge to edge since there's less give. You'll also find that stiffer tends to mean more expensive for most brands(but not always!). Other things to keep in mind are footbeds, quality toe straps, and durable ratchets when deciding on a binding.

Having nice footbeds to cushion flat landings and give quick board response is a plus. One of my biggest peeves for bindings is having my toe strap slide up while riding hard. Each brand has a different take on the toe cap and this is where it's best to demo a pair to see if your boots mesh well with the binding. Lastly, quality ratchets is always good. Having ratchets that crank smooth, stay locked, and last for seasons makes life easier(just think about how much you're gonna strap/unstrap in a single day!).

Concerning specific bindings for you to buy, if you wanna go a bit softer than the Cartels try looking at the Rome 390's or Flux TT30's. Both bindings I've personally been looking at for this season. Burton you want to stay away from their lower end models. While their higher end models are actually pretty nice, their lower end ones are vastly overpriced for their quality(to which I can attest to). Other companies to look at are Ride, K2, and Union; although I have no experience with them. Stay away from Flow's unless you really want the strap-in convenience.
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Oakdale, eh? Do you go to Dodge Ridge?
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Yeah, I roll up to Dodge now and then- scored a season pass to Bear Valley this 11/12 year so I'll be there more. You local? We could ride up sometime..
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I'm rocking 2012 Cartels this year. They seem to fit great with my Nike boots and I really like the ratchets/straps. The highback seems a bit tall, but I'll be able to give you a better response once it snows.
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I love my cartels, but I don't ride park. You might want something with more flex, but keep them and use them on days when you want to freeride more. They are great bindings. Lots of people on here rock Rome targas for their park / freestyle riding.
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