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Old 11-04-2011, 11:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I am buying a Flow Drifter 159w sometime before dec 10. Going to need some bindings to go with it. The board will be used for all-mountain stuff, from the top to the bottom. I "think" I am looking for something with a mid to mid/stiff flex as this seems to be the way to go for all mountain gear. Hence the board (the unbelievable graphic made my decision). Canting appeals to me, I injured my left knee a long time ago so it tends to get tired and sore on a full day. The bindings will not be switching off to another board, so the dial out time isnt a big deal.

So months of looking has come up with a list. My budget would be in the 200-250 range. Anything more is one less day on the mountain.

Rome Targa - Canting, expensive, complicated
Flow NXT AT - No Canting, expensive(Max), not sure I want to enter the rear.
Salomon Cheif - Canting, Mid-price, simple
Rome 390 boss - Canting, mid-price, complicated
Flux TT30 - No canting, Cheap, painfull bad absorbtion, simple
Union Force - No Canting, Cheap, simple
K2 Formula - Canting, cheap, simple, stiff
Forum Republic - Canting, Cheap

So if anyone can put their input in on the binding, hopefully you've rode them on a similar board for a similar purpose. It would be greatly appreciated. I just need a point in the right direction.

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Old 11-04-2011, 11:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Burton Cartels are always a go-to choice for many people. I went with a pair this year and they are great so far.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Going off of your list:

Rome Targa - Great freeride/all mountain binding
Flow NXT AT - dude, don't take it in the rear
Salomon Cheif - Haven't ridden it, but Salomon's bindings are starting to come around...I wouldn't go here though
Rome 390 boss - Great option. Rides everything very well.
Flux TT30 - Good option. Flux is one of the only Nylon baseplate companies that I like their bindings. If you want stiffer (if you are a big dude you can out flex these), go SF45.
Union Force - You said it with no canting...and not as "powerful" as other stuff on your list.
K2 Formula - Great nylon binding, not a bad option.
Forum Republic - It has good vibes but that shouldn't make or break your decision...it is ok tech, but more noticeable in the softer flexing Shaka

What about the Ride Rodeo? Killer binder in your range...as you can probably tell, I am a aluminum baseplate guy.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd seriously think about a binder with canting. I ride K2 Autos, Rome Targas, and Flow AT's. All good. The K2's are the lightest; 2 straps, one buckle. The K2 folks just sent me new wedgie footbeds for my worn 2010 Evers, no questions. They're my current favorite.
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You'd probably like either Cartels, Malavitas, or Raiden Phantoms on it. Good choice by the way.

Though out of your options the Salomons for sure. They were a surprisingly well done binding.
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