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Old 11-20-2011, 03:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 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.

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Old 11-20-2011, 04:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i don't know much but i think rk30s are a pretty soft binding and more for park. i am guessing the burtons are more of what you are looking for. the flux highbacks are pretty cool, they bend a lot certain directions but then are pretty stiff straight back but i still think you should go with the burtons. if you wanted flux a different modle would suit you better.
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hm okay that makes sense. Cartels seem like a proven binding anyway so I probably can't go wrong with them. Are there any other bindings like the Cartels that you would recommend (that are not quite so pricey haha).
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you like the Flux's, perhaps the SF45 would be more appropriate for what you're after. The RK30 would be far too soft, and the TT30 would be in the upper range of its stiffness.
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You'll like the Cartels on those boards.

For a little cheaper try K2 Formulas or similar $$ with better dampening Raiden Phantoms.
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