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Old 10-18-2011, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

I will be embarking on a search for new bindings soon but have a limited idea of what to look out for.

My riding style, defined by early 90's carve setups, is about 80% groomed carving, some jumps thrown in (beginner), and rails only during temporary lapses of judgement. I generally have to contend with ice coast conditions, but have had the fortune of making it out West for about 6 days/year.

Up until 2 years ago, I was always looking for the stiffest setup trying to replicate the whole free carve movement, but finally saw the light and switched to a 15, -12 setup with a '10 Neversummer SL.

I am basically looking for bindings that will compliment the board as my riding has become more playful, but that still focus on quick turn carving and response. It seems to me that the issue with stiff bindings is that you need to be a lot more precise in your landings as any wrong movement transfers directly to the board and invariably your face.

I'd like to be able to visit sites and choose 1-2 bindings each before comparing them and ultimately asking you guys for the best choice among a select few. I'd appreciate any help with which features I should focus on based on my riding style.

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Old 10-19-2011, 10:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok...I guess I'll be the first to chime in. I'm sure many others will have some great suggestions, here are a few I think are worth looking at.
Burton Cartel. Does everything, does it well. I've ridden cartels for years for all types of riding and all types of conditions here on the east coast.
Flux SF 45. Havent ridden it yet...will be trying to review them as soon as there is snow. My impression is a bit more responsive than the Cartel? (someone correct me if I'm wrong!).
Union Force. Another do anything binding...very responsive. Union has a new binding out this season called the Atlas that I'm very interested in. They are calling it the "evolution of the Force" My experience w/union bindings is that they are really responsive when you push straight back into that highjack (i.e. carving) but give you a lot of fore/aft flexibility. I think the Atlas may be the binding that pulls me away from my long history of buying Cartel's.
Rome 390: Another binding I haven't ridden but people love. Another all mountain destroyer along the same lines as the others. Optional canted foot beds are a HUGE plus in my eyes. Others on the forum have more experience and will be able to give you some guidance on the Rome's.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies! I'll definitely check those out but was wondering more about what type of tech to look out for given my riding style. Do I just look at any moderately stiff bindings or is there some hiback or baseplate tech I should definitely consider?

For example, I'm trying to understand why you recommended the 390's and not the Targa's (like the canted footbed idea as well).
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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to be perfectly honest I'm not very familiar with Rome's binding line. That one I mentioned because a lot of strong riders I know seem to like the 390 for an all mountain binding. I'm sure others will chime in with much more specific thoughts on Rome's offerings. The other bindings I can give you more info on.
To be more specific about tech...for the carving side of your riding you are going to want a decently stiff/responsive highback, and responsive ankle straps. For more playful riding, you need some flexibility...which is why I wouldn't recommend completely stiff binding setups. So a binding that is very responsive heel to toe, but has some flex and room to move fore and aft is going to be the best of both worlds.
does that help clarify a bit? Where I'm coming from is as an instructor, I want equipment that can go from carving, to steeps, to trees, to park, and of course be comfortable enough to teach beginner lessons in. For me, that middle of the road category works really well. It sounds like that same type of binding might be exactly what you're looking for.
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the clarification, the fore aft movement thing sounds perfectly reasonable. I think your riding style is also something I'm trying to aspire to.
I guess this rules out flow bindings since I've read that their large straps restrict lateral movement as compared to traditional bindings.
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Hey Doron

The 390 Boss sounds like it would be a good fit for your riding style. However, the Targas may also work out for you, depending on what sort of flex you're looking for in a binding. A lot of choosing a binding, or any other snowboarding related item, is based on personal preference.

The 390 Boss is a mid-flexing binding with a super comfortable ankle strap, with a blend of a freestyle and all-mountain feeling to them. They've also got the added option of the Yes I Cant system which helps reduce knee strain, especially with a wider stance, as well as increasing overall board response.

The Targas are a more responsive binding with a stiffer AntiShock highback which helps absorb chatter and transfer more power to heelside turns. They've also got a customizable anklestrap which you can adjust for 3 different levels of response. Finally they've been outfitted with our newest, super grippy toecap called the Conformist3. It's awesome.

Definitely hit us up with any other questions via email over at ridercouncil at romesnowboards dot com.

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Hey Doron

The 390 Boss sounds like it would be a good fit for your riding style. However, the Targas may also work out for you, depending on what sort of flex you're looking for in a binding. A lot of choosing a binding, or any other snowboarding related item, is based on personal preference.

The 390 Boss is a mid-flexing binding with a super comfortable ankle strap, with a blend of a freestyle and all-mountain feeling to them. They've also got the added option of the Yes I Cant system which helps reduce knee strain, especially with a wider stance, as well as increasing overall board response.

The Targas are a more responsive binding with a stiffer AntiShock highback which helps absorb chatter and transfer more power to heelside turns. They've also got a customizable anklestrap which you can adjust for 3 different levels of response. Finally they've been outfitted with our newest, super grippy toecap called the Conformist3. It's awesome.

Definitely hit us up with any other questions via email over at ridercouncil at romesnowboards dot com.

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Any reason the Conformist 3.0 isnt on the 390 Bosses? Any definitive way to purchase them or exchange the boss toe strap for the conformist?
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It's brand new tech for 2012, so we like to release it slowly at first, gauge response, and see how it can be improved. We'll look into spreading it around in the coming years for sure.

As far as getting them separately, that's not something we're able to offer right now, unfortunately.
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from the horse's mouth! Rad when companies step in and explain their offerings.
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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from the horse's mouth! Rad when companies step in and explain their offerings.
Agreed, great way to interact with your riders!

I wanted to see if any of you thought the canting systems in some bindings really make a difference. I tore my hip cartlidge this summer and like the idea of better hip to knee alignment as I do get some swelling if I use my hips too much.. If the canting really does make a difference, I think it would be worthwhile for me to put that on top of my wish list given the injury. My stance is the default on the neversummer sl so nothing too aggressive.
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