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Old 01-10-2012, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Targa or Cartel??

I've read all the Targa/Cartel threads on this forum and I think I have a decent picture of the differences between the 2 bindings, but I have a couple things I need some feedback on. I just started getting back into boarding after a 8 year neglect period and picked up a set of K2 Cinch bindings which I hate. The whole "quick release" thing is only a quick and easy task maybe 80% of the time, the other 20% makes me want to shoot myself in the face. So this is what I need to know about the Targas/Cartels

- as far as pure comfort goes, which one is the king. I want a ankle strap that I can't feel, I don't want any pressure points at all...pure comfort

- ratchets? I want the best, smoothest ratchets out there

- canted footbeds.... never tried em, and I want em... but I want the best, most comfortable ones of course.

- I keep reading about the Targas having problems with the paint chipping off the highbacks, is this problem long gone? does it exist on the 2012 bindings?

- I keep reading about how customizable the Targas are, but are they too customizable? too many parts? do I need a engineering background to set these up?

These bindings are going on my 2012 T.Rice Pro 157, I doubt they will ever see a park (feel too old to hang out in the parks these days). I like going fast, I like riding in the trees, I love the powder when I can find it.

thanks... oh yeah, I need to buy these tomorrow or maybe the next day, so I need to make up my mind pretty quick.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you add the word Restricted to Cartel then those. Otherwise I would probably say Targa. The Restricted Cartel asym ankle strap is super money and by far my favorite ankle strap outside of Flow.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I was deciding between Union Atlas and Targas after a Cartel's ratchet imploded on me in a store.

I am happy with the Targas and I've only had them a week or so. They ARE very customizable and the directions were a little overwhelming but the cant, ratchets, and straps rock.

And my Targas came blemish-free. I did chip a little paint of the underside of the heelcup while waxing my board - but that was my fault. My board slid off my homemade wax-table and hit the garage floor. The chip is small - and powder-coated metal chips upon impact. It just does. I'd still rather have metal though. If the chip annoys me (which it won't) I can paint it.
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just picked up the Restricted Cartels....I looked at the Targas in-store but did not like the look or feel of the ratchets, plus the demo model on the shelf already had some paint peeling off where the highback pivots, so that wasn't selling me. The Cartels look really good and I'm looking forward to breaking them in this weekend. Thanks Nivek for the advice on the restricted ankle straps, they sold me for sure.
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