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Old 01-26-2012, 02:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Rear entries are great if your in and out of your bindings frequently but being out west where I may only strap in and out 10-12 times a day and am primarily riding steeps+powder or lots of side\backcountry I'd satay away from rear entry beyond that go for it if you have the cash check out the new flows that have more a clamshell approach rather than just a fold down high back.
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Rome...buttery...but to the point of releasing when you dont want them too! Burton rachets are probably the best in the business imo (haters are gonna hate). Smooth in and out...no releasing issues. I find the spring in the rachets are strong too. I find myself going back to burton bindings b/c of the rachets...cause like the OP...i hate un-smooth rachets.
I've charged some pretty hard stuff with Targas and 390s and have never had a Rome ratchet release. I'm 180lbs also so not a twig. Albeit these are pre 09, not sure about the new stuff
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I've charged some pretty hard stuff with Targas and 390s and have never had a Rome ratchet release. I'm 180lbs also so not a twig. Albeit these are pre 09, not sure about the new stuff
I think you said the magic term..."pre 09". My buddy too has like 07 or 08 targas..burly to say the least. Taken a beating...and his rachets are pretty solid. Mine, not so much...plus a couple of guys that I've talked to in lift lines with the newer models find the same issue.
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Burton rachets are probably the best in the business imo (haters are gonna hate). Smooth in and out...no releasing issues. I find the spring in the rachets are strong too. I find myself going back to burton bindings b/c of the rachets...cause like the OP...i hate un-smooth rachets.
This is exactly why I keep coming back to Burton after trying others. I've been teaching the past couple of seasons and haven't found any other brand that's faster and easier than Burton when you strap in frequently. I'm riding Missions and Cartels this year and loving both of them.
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This is exactly why I keep coming back to Burton after trying others. I've been teaching the past couple of seasons and haven't found any other brand that's faster and easier than Burton when you strap in frequently. I'm riding Missions and Cartels this year and loving both of them.

I switched from Burton Customs to Flux Sf45's this year. The Flux bindings are more comfortable in general (could be due to them being a higher end binding) but the ratchets on the Customs was like butter.
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I switched from Burton Customs to Flux Sf45's this year. The Flux bindings are more comfortable in general (could be due to them being a higher end binding) but the ratchets on the Customs was like butter.
I tried Flux last season and I agree that they were comfy, they were just not nearly as smooth as the Burtons for getting in and out often. I also had issues with the durability of the Flux bindings and their customer service.
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I think you said the magic term..."pre 09". My buddy too has like 07 or 08 targas..burly to say the least. Taken a beating...and his rachets are pretty solid. Mine, not so much...plus a couple of guys that I've talked to in lift lines with the newer models find the same issue.

I have current model Targas and the only issues I've had are cosmetic. I love the straps and the ratchets. They are the best binding I've ever ridden.

To each his own, I guess.
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2012 Cartels have been awesome for me all mountain.
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I've been riding Burton Freestyles, and the ratchets are complete butter! I've heard that Burton has the best ratchets, but other companies (like Union) have better overall bindings. I think the SL's are a good bet, but I have yet to try rear-entries.

And honestly, I know Freestlyes probably suck (badly,) but they work well for all-mountain and the toe strap is both a cap/toe strap. They are very comfortable, too.
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Best ratchets I've come across is by Union. Ratcheting better than Burton Cartel's, Flux, Technine's, and Drake's.

I'd go with the Union Atlas.
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