Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia
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Not ridden them but have close buddies that have, they are a fairly common site down here. My friend has a set of about 2004/5 Matrix's, they would have been very light and cutting edge in their day. I helped him sort out his set up and they would have to be one of the most customizable bindings I have ever seen. You could even change the high back to an asym style - thats fucken awesome for 2004ish.
My missus had the drake Jades from about 2007, they are fairly decent bindings as well and though she rides minimally and has a limited gear knowledge (read, i had to get her a board, set it up and also do the waxing on it) she doesn't complain about them and finds them comfortable enough (which is always the best thing).
I like Drake bindings, I haven't owned a set, but I make sure I check out their site every season and will always look/hold them in a shop if I see them (the supersport a+ and reload risto are very aesthetically pleasing). I think there current line up is maybe not as cutting edge as some other brands, however, they are solid bindings and would certainly get you down the mountain and be "not something that everyone else has" state side. 2c.
Never Summer SL153 & Atomic Hatchet 159