Flux RK30 or Burton Cartel ReFlex
Before today I hadn't heard about the Flux RK30, but I did a lot of research and it came highly recommended by a bunch of you guys on here. I've been riding Ride EX bindings. They're stiff and ride well but they are getting pretty beat up. And I also realized that binding technology has changed a TON since I last looked.
So a couple days ago I went to my local shop and the guy gave me a whole talk about how the new Burton Cartel ReFlex is awesome and allows the board to flex evenly instead of being bolted down by a metal frame, and how the forward hinge maintains ergonomic position, canted footbed, etc. It seems like a cool binding, but coming from metal binding I don't know what to expect.
Then I researched on here and found that there's a lot of people recommending the Flux RK30 which I had never heard of before. There was a lot of talk about how the Urethane highback is amazing, but when I looked online it just seemed like it was a really flexible bendy highback, which seems counterintuitive.
So what would you guys recommend?
Is all this new technology better than the aluminum frames that I'm used to?
And seeing how these bindings are both $200+, is there anything cheaper that would also offer most of the benefits?
For reference, I'm an intermediate rider, 5'7". Boards I have are Ride Concept TMS 156 and Ride Timeless 156. And as for riding preference, I don't ride any park at all. I'm always running the trails.