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Old 12-01-2011, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Please help, Womens Ride or Burton bindings?

Hi there, I am looking at purchasing Ride LXh bindings or the Burton Stiletto. I know the Ride bindings are less weight and more stiff which helps with control, and I have also read that Burton bindings often break. I am fairly new and I have trouble carving. When I start to get it, I topple over on my knees. I am a small woman only 5ft tall 115 pounds so I just purchased a light weight Arbor board to help with control. Is there anyone that can help me decide?

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For those of you interested the Arbor board I got is the Arbor Element RX Mini 140 which is a major step up from my no name board I have had for 8 years now. I have Silence bindings on my old set up which are crazy light but I am looking to replace them because I got to the top of Blackcomb and a clip broke, plus I have been looking at all the new bindings with toe caps which I think would be a better fit for my small feet. I was also told to look at the Rome SDS Strut but I have only looked at Burton and Ride bindings in the store and I like to see things in the store before I but thenm.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This is more of a bump than an answer to your question, as I don't have personal experience with the bindings you mentioned. Hopefully someone will chime in.

As for the toppling over your knees..maybe it has something to do with your highback adjustment (too much forward lean?) and/or technique. Might want to post that question in the Tips, Tricks, Instruction forum if it's technique related.

Based on the very general, basic info I know of the three bindings you listed, Rome is definitely one to check out.

I get that you'd like to see and purchase the bindings in person...what other brands does your shop carry? You mentioned you have small feet. There's a female member here (lilfoot) with small feet, too. She can most likely help you with that more than I can.

Anyway, good luck!
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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well as I'm not sure on the Ride LXH's I had purchased my wife some Ride DVA's and when we received them the first thing both of us noticed was how crappy the ratchets felt and were extremely difficult to release. Other than that though the binding seemed fine. We ended up switching them out for some Rome Madison's. I would take a look at the Rome SDS struts if you can.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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IMO the ride LXs are better value and better bindings than the burtons. Many people on here agree that the lower end burton bindings are terrible. I say go with the rides.
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I had the same issue the DVAs at first but theres a trick to releasing them so they don't catch anymore. I've had pretty bad experience with burton bindings and I'd definately say I love my Rides more and they're lighter. On a side note, I have heard that many other ride bindings don't have any issues with the ratchets so it might just be the DVAs.

Personally, I'd say go with ride
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If you are toppling over in a turn, you need to take a lesson - it's not your bindings.

I think Burton bindings are expensive for the quality. Ride bindings are a better deal, but all models have a reputation of having sticky ratchets. Love my Rome Madisons. Also check out the K2 Autos.
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Thanks for all the input, I do think that a lesson will help me out, rather than my friends all telling me something different
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I had the same issue the DVAs at first but theres a trick to releasing them so they don't catch anymore. I've had pretty bad experience with burton bindings and I'd definately say I love my Rides more and they're lighter. On a side note, I have heard that many other ride bindings don't have any issues with the ratchets so it might just be the DVAs.

Personally, I'd say go with ride
I have DVAs too, and I have a hard time with releasing them. Would you please share the trick? It's no fun to sit down at the end of a run and wrestle my boot out of the binding. Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:24 AM   #9 (permalink)
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My GF got the Stilettos and my son the LX (can't possibly differ that much from the LXh...)

The LX feel lighter and possibly stronger (aluminum) that the Stilettos. I prefer the ratchets on the Stilettos, but the toe strap of the LX will probably conform better to most boots.

My GF is on her 2nd season and has no complains about her bindings. You can look at last year's stuff, you'll find some good deals.

Where are you located?
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