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Old 10-17-2011, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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No clue on what brands are good or bad. I'm new to the sport and I was curious what the best type of binding out there for a beginner was?
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What kind of riding do you intend on doing? Hitting up the park (I.E. jumps, rails, etc.) or all mountain "normal" riding? What's your budget? Try a little Googling too.
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i guess all of it... is that even possible?
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I can say with a fair amount of certainty that, as a beginner, you will stay out of the park for a while until you get more acquainted with riding.

Is this your first time on a board? If so, I would suggest going with rentals until you get better at understanding what your needs are. It makes sense to go with a medium stiffness binding as it's not stiff enough to translate every little movement straight into the board, and not soft enough to make turning difficult. People on this forum with more experience than I can give you more specific advice on this.

As for brands, I think Burton, Ride, Union, Flux, Targa, and a few others make quality products that will last you a while.

Also, make sure you start with picking the boot before moving on to the bindings, and google "how to pick bindings" for some good advice. Check out thegoodride.com as well for a good starting point. Just take it all with a grain of salt, there are instructors and experienced users on this forum that can give you first hand advice better than any site.
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As for brands, I think Burton, Ride, Union, Flux, Targa, and a few others make quality products that will last you a while.
^This, particularly Burton. They make a good all around binding, especially for beginners. Once your riding advances, you may choose to go for a binding brand that might seem to lean (no pun) towards a particular style. For instance, Rome SDS seems to be a *bit* more park based brand.

And definitely concentrate on your boots and board more than the bindings. Believe it or not, they're probably the least important of all the three. Get a boot that doesn't fit you right, and it's going to be a bad day. Don't order online based off shoe size, go into a store and try them on. You'll regret it if you don't, trust me.

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No clue on what brands are good or bad. I'm new to the sport and I was curious what the best type of binding out there for a beginner was?
Budget? Just a basic all mountain binding would be good. You won't know anyway until you get better.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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well since i'm a beginner i don't want to spend an arm and a leg. whats a good cheap one?
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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first off,are you a beginner as you have snowboarded already last season using rentals or a friends gear? or you are just starting this season?if you are starting this season,either rent for the season or check out pawn shops cuz they normally sell boards with bindings.if you want your own gear because you already KINDDA know what you want then online shopping deals would be a good place to start.craiglist too would be a good place to check,other riders would sell their old ones cuz either they have a new board/bindings or will be buying a newer stuff. hope this helps.
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If you're pretty sure that you'll stick with snowboarding I'd recommend going up a step or two from the cheapest beginner bindings. You'll spend less in the long run if you invest in something that you won't outgrow halfway through the season. I bought Burton Cartels before I could link turns and I'm still using them on one of my boards. If I had bought a cheap, entry level binding they would have long ago been gathering dust in the garage.
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check out geartrade. com, it has some cheap stuff that is near new, bargins to be had for sure
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