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Old 10-14-2011, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need some bindings for my new 2011 O-matic Celebrity and I have it narrowed down to these three in last years models because of my tight budget. I'm 6'1" and 240 lbs. with a size 11 boot. This will be my third season riding, having totaled probably 60 days between the last two seasons. I now spend most of my time in the park hitting smaller jumps and jibs, working on ground tricks, but I still like to ride the rest of the mountain too (hitting steeper groomers, powder, trees). The only bindings I have ever used besides various rentals are my ancient Burton Rays so I'm sure any new bindings will be a noticeable improvement. I have had one specific issue with my current bindings pinching a nerve in my foot which seemed to be caused by a pressure point from the old-style toe-strap, so I'm hoping any of these will eliminate that since they are either toe-cap or the one-piece Flow.

My original plan was to get the Flow Trilogy, but after a little research (especially here), I'm a little concerned that this model maybe a little soft for someone my size (I think Nivek mentioned it a couple times in past threads). On the other hand, I know Flow in general gets high marks for comfort and even lower-end models like this have improved. Also, while not a high priority, the fast entry would be nice since my son just got the Trilogy, my buddy we ride with has Flow Flites (which he loves, though he is much lighter than I am).

The K2 Indy definitely seems worth considering for this low price point category. I think both Nivek and BA liked it reasonably well, and I'm assuming the fact that it is a toe-cap strap will avoid my pinched nerve issue.

The Flux PR15 is perhaps a little more entry-level, but it seems Flux is pretty well-regarded for comfort and quality, and my demands aren't high. I couldn't find much in the way of reviews of this one though, only others looking for the same.

I'm probably way overthinking this, please help me decide!
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Wow. All of the ones I was looking at except for the Ride LX, they are the only ones with the aluminium base plate. I am eager to see what people say too.
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I'd avoid those low end flows anything under the M5 series you start to get into junk. The Indy is just the old Formula minus the hinge and caddy strap. I rode that binding for years and actually still have a pair. My only concern with them is you're a fucking big boy dude you might eat them alive and over flex them. You might want to look at Rides just for the rigidity.
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Thanks BA, I will definitely give Rides a look. I must admit I overlooked their stuff in my price range. Much appreciated!

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So I've decided to go with the 2011 Ride EX, but since I'm a size 11, I can go with L (8-11) or XL (11-15). I know the conventional wisdom seems to be to go with the smaller choice, but as BA pointed out I'm a "fucking big boy" so I'm wondering if I might be better off with the XL? Are larger bindings made any stronger, or is it basically strictly the size that varies?
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I know union bindings builds their bindings stiffer as the size increases. honestly though ride is some stiff stuff even their freestyle stuff is stiff. I'd say go for the large but maybe you should head to the shop with your boots and see which size they will fit.

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Thanks for the info Starter, I probably will go for the large. I also just found on Ride's website that they advise in general going with the smaller size in my situation, at least for their boots. They said to move up only if you had older, bulkier boots. I'll probably be looking for new boots at some point when I have more money anyway, so the larges are probably safer, and I don't even think my current boots are very bulky. I'll definitely try to find them locally to make sure, hopefully some of my local places still have these even though the 2012s are already out.
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