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Old 12-31-2011, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm in the market for a new pair of freeride/charging bindings. My Ride NRC's are getting fairly worn down. I loved these bindings to death, but they were unbelievably heavy compared to any bindings out there.


These will only be used for charging, I have another board dedicated for park. By charging, I'm talking speeds in excess of 55+ mph. An alpine board would be ideal for me, but I really don't want to have to buy another pair of boots.



Right now I'm between the Ride El Hefe's and the Union Force MC's. I like the adjustability and customer support that ride offers, but I haven't tried Union in years and have heard great things about the,.



I'm open to any suggestions right now. They both seem like solid bindings.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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unions are definitely top notch construction, but thier design is lacking, the toe strap and ratchets that were supposed to be redesigned still suck. also no canting which would be nice to have

the el hefe adjustability, comfort, and strap design, wins any day imo.
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I'm in the market for a new pair of freeride/charging bindings. These will only be used for charging, I have another board dedicated for park. By charging, I'm talking speeds in excess of 55+ mph. An alpine board would be ideal for me, but I really don't want to have to buy another pair of boots.

I like the adjustability

I'm open to any suggestions right now. They both seem like solid bindings.
Copied from a post I made to similar thread two days ago (search function does wonders).

Why not try the Catek Freerides, strap bindings made by a company that usually makes bindings for alpine boards. I rode a prototype back in 2003 or 2004, were too stiff/heavy for me (although they've improve the design since then, dropping the weight by like 40%).


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I have the El Hefe and really like it, my buddy has the Metafuse and I checked that out one day and the only real noticed difference was that the Metafuse had more lateral flex, and I haven't heard a lot of feedback(nor have I been able to check them out up close) on the CATEK FR2 but the general consensus is that it's pretty much the best freeride/charging binding on the market, but I think if you felt you needed something like that you should probably just get an alpine setup.
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Union SL's or the Flux DMCC would be my bindings of choice. The El Heffe from Ride looks pretty solid.
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The El Hefe's are very nice bindings. Some people do not like the aluminum chassis though.

They come with multiple flex inserts for the ankle strap and cant beds. I demoed them on a DH2 and since it was a wide (I'm only size 9.5-10), I mached with it. Hefe's were soooo responsive and damp. Very comfortable too.
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