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Old 11-10-2011, 12:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a bit over 40, and have some meniscus damage from old injuries... yet I'm trying to advance my skills on jumps and the rails. Whatever, you only live once.

My question is: are there bindings that are notable for having extra cushioning, to help when I screw up and land a jump too flat? And/or when I hit those mid-hill invisible chattery bumps at high speed? (I definitely feel it in my bad knee when either of those happen, and it's a cumulative thing. By the end of the season I'm definitely hurting.)

If so, what's the downside to extra cushioning?

I have 2008 Burton Cartels on one board and like them, 390s on another and don't love them (don't love the straps). Just wondering if there's anything with extra cushioning protection out there...

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Try to get one with canting. It will reduce the strain on your hips and knees.
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check out the ride contraband or ride deltas, they both come with canting and alot of cushioning. I have the contrabands and I really like them.
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I'm a bit over 40, and have some meniscus damage from old injuries... yet I'm trying to advance my skills on jumps and the rails. Whatever, you only live once.

My question is: are there bindings that are notable for having extra cushioning, to help when I screw up and land a jump too flat? And/or when I hit those mid-hill invisible chattery bumps at high speed? (I definitely feel it in my bad knee when either of those happen, and it's a cumulative thing. By the end of the season I'm definitely hurting.)

If so, what's the downside to extra cushioning?

I have 2008 Burton Cartels on one board and like them, 390s on another and don't love them (don't love the straps). Just wondering if there's anything with extra cushioning protection out there...

Thanks.
Raiden Phantoms.
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Nitro: Phantom Binding 2011/2012 - YouTube

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Old 11-10-2011, 02:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Rome 390 Boss. I ride them and they absorb bumps like none other. I tore my ACL playing soccer 2 years ago so I want to keep my knees nice a healthy and pain-free, and the canting you can apply to the footbed really does work.
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check out the new Ride Rodeos - they're pretty sick
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Old 11-10-2011, 02:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Raiden Phantoms.
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Nitro: Phantom Binding 2011/2012 - YouTube

Check it out. Dual airbags and a bushing.
That two screw thing so the board can flex better is an interesting idea. I think it would be better to have a really soft and rubbery material around the sides of the bindings that would bend when the board does. That way it could still flex and you could have a stable binding plate.
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raidens are pretty nice. cant think of anything to give more cushion than air.
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Your best bet will be something from K2 with canting and Harshmellow. Check out their line.
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks this is all great info.

So is the canting more about good knee positioning, or that the canting material has extra cushioning itself?
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