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Old 10-16-2011, 03:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I went to my local shop to check out some bindings and outer wear. Mainly the Cartels. But a guy at the shop said I would probably like the malavita more. The shop was closing so didn't really think much of it till now and didn't compare them. So whats the difference between these other that the obvious appearance the high backs and heel strap. Im getting a Lib Tech T.rice pro HP 2012 so which one should I get for hitting big jumps and having fun on odd pow days I go pretty big but spend alot of time at rabbit hill (local mountain(actualy its a hill)which only has a descent size terrain park which I hit jumps in and the odd rails when competing with friends basicaly fool around and have fun showing off)the rest of the time Im at Marmot Basin, Sunshine Village, Lake Louis, Norquay, Fernie, White Fish and usually get around to big white maybe even Whistler you get the point I travel around and like to charge hard go big or go home, basically go really fast but I still need freestyle maneuverability I previously rode ride nitrain contraband's and because of the freezing weather in alberta the toe(contraband) strap would literally brake every 4 riding days if I was pushing it (dumb ass engineering with the web on the toe) and the straps wore down to the point where if I tighted my bindings I COULDN'T DE LATCH THEM. They where great in warm weather but not alot of that so they where basically destroyed, but I want something new and All ways wanted the buton toe cap. The point Im getting at is I rode the contrabands with a medium hard flex (rides adjustable heel strap) and to compare rome 390s are definitely way to soft. So which of these are better for me also the restricted cartels have the wide strap so thats an option. Im thinking that these bindings are the same, the malavita just with extra bells and whistles but Im bord and would like some advice on this.

Tell me what you think, Thanks in advance.

If it matters (dont think it does) Im just about 5'9" I have size 9 feet and Im working on getting to 145 lbs Im approximately 130 -135 but I think in a month I can buff up an extra 10.
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Old 10-16-2011, 01:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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At you're weight, go for the cheaper one? The Malavitas will be softer. The wings on the Restricteds wont do much (wings work better on the inside suprisingly and the assym makes flipping unlikely to work). The Cartels are a solid all mountain freestyle/freeride binding. I suspect he was pushing the Malavitas for the "extras" and the extra $$.
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Old 10-16-2011, 04:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Isn't rabbit hill in Edmonton? I saw that once and promised myself I'd never move there. I feel kind of sorry for the locals.
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would go Cartel on the T. Rice all the way.
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Kwanzaa - Between the oil and gas industry running our provincal government, our city being the closest major metropolitan area to the tar sands, 6 hour wait periods in hospital waiting rooms, and crumbling infrastructure, The fact that one of our local ski areas is on the side of a 100 M river embankment is the least of our city's problems. (however if you're willing to put in the time we're relatively close to the Canadian Rockies and BC's infamous powder hwy, but Calgary would be the better bet for sure)

OP - I'd go with the the Cartels. They may have stiffened the Malavita's for this year, but they come from park binding lineage. I went with the Cartels for that exact same set-up only because i couldn't find a new set of last year's Co2. The cartels will give you the response and still be playful enough for jibbing the odd rail. And believe it or not, I find Rabbit hill's park to be better than Jasper's. You have to work your way into that lower area to get to the 35' jumps
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah rabbit hills terrain park is way better than any albertan terrain park, well other that cop and Norquay. Yeah Edmonton sucks totally moveing to Calgary when I'm 18 till then I love riding the rab lab it's got a 35 and nearly 50 with an endless landing AWESOME! Going to hit cop alot this year too.

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Old 10-17-2011, 08:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Kwanzaa View Post
Isn't rabbit hill in Edmonton? I saw that once and promised myself I'd never move there. I feel kind of sorry for the locals.
I think your thinking of snow valley because rabbit hill though small is actually really secluded. If your thinking of the one in the city by the high way that's snow valley and its about 1/3 of the size of rabbit. Basically snow valley is where all the really bad snowboarders and skiers that are lazy and not committed go. My high school has a snowboarding club "which I actually really wanted to join to find some friends who where actually good" but when I heard you need a snow valley pass I think I threw up lol. Wish rab lab still had a half pipe though that was pretty awesome I hear but the cutter broke
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