Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Hakuba, Japan for the 2011/12 season
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All mountain bindings with reliable ratchets? or Step Ins?
I'm looking on some advice on a near future binding purchase.
Board: 2010, 161 NS SL
Boots: Salamon Dialogues
Existing Bindings: Salomon Relay Series
Riding: advanced all mountain more aimed at powder, charging groomers, tree runs and generally playing on the terrain. I'll play around in the
park occasionally but very much a beginner there and don't plan to
spend much time.
I'm getting tired of my ratchets jamming and being a massive pain to
undo. I'm currently running some Salomon Relay Series bindings which
feel good but after 40 days use the ratchets on my back leg binding jam
very regulary and this started after about 15-20 days. I'm tired of ruining my gloves and getting sore fingers to undo the bindings. Not to mention that the toe strap is pretty much decintegrated
Hence I'm looking for some new bindings , I'm considering going even
the quick step in option or at least to a binding that has reliable
What do you guys recommend?
For step ins are Flows the only way to go? Are the GNU or K2 versions
reliable? The 2013 Flow NXT-GT or RS with the toe cap look the goods. I could probably wait around for those especially since you can unbuckle them traditionally when stuck in powder.
Otherwise if I see a good local deal on a traditional binding I'll
probably jump on that. Im doing the season in Hakuba, Japan hence it is unlikely I will find something at a reasonable price.
So the bindings I was looking at are SF45, TT30 or Force SLs.
How are the ratchets on those bindings? I'm looking at a more
responsive binding. Any other models I should be looking at?
Or should I just wait for the 2013 Flow GT or RS
Cheers for your help