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Old 01-30-2012, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Which bindings?

So I am looking at bindings for my first board (the Nitro Mystique and the k2 plush boots) and would greatly appreciate a little input. I have been looking at this site for reviews Snowboard Gear Reviews By The Good Ride which has been a really helpful. At least it tells me what is good quality for the price and what I should pass on.

I am looking at these bindings.

Burton Citizen Women's Snowboard Bindings - white - Snowboard Shop > Snowboard Bindings > Women's Snowboard Bindings

Looks like this is a good qauilty beginner binding. Just what I need right? Then this makes me question if I should get something else.
"We are pretty stoked on this binding for a beginner but if you plan on progressing quickly or riding many days during the season then go with something a little better."

Burton Stiletto Women's Snowboard Bindings - white - Snowboard Shop > Snowboard Bindings > Women's Snowboard Bindings

I am looking at these pretty much because this reviewer tends to talk down beginner bindings saying that as you progress you will outgrow them, if you only ride a few times a year they'll be okay. These are beginner/advanced which makes me think I will be able to use them longer-- but then I don't know if they would be good for me since they are a soft binding and more for free-style. (I'm more of a laid back rider, blue diamonds tops. I doubt I will ever go into the parks unless it's to watch my husband make a fool of himself) Would these be okay? Better than the others or am I reading too much into it?

other suggestions would be helpful.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Now I am looking at a set of flow bindings and am intrigued. Flow Muse Snowboard Binding - Women's from Backcountry.com They don't have then on the site I am getting my board and boots so I'd have to order them separately if I did get them but they look interesting. What are the pro and cons to these bindings?
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Old 02-01-2012, 02:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm a big fan of Flow's because i used to have foot pain from tightening straps too much. Flow's don't need to be tight to provide comfort and great response. I don't know what you're budget is, but from a quality perspective, i'd recommend you get up to at least the M9 level if you can afford it. I see alot of riders happy with the other Flow bindings, too, i'm just a firm believer in the "you get what you pay for" maxim - for any binding. Comfort is most important so look for 1) comfortable boots, 2) good bindings and 3) worry about the board last.
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Old 02-01-2012, 03:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you're not strictly looking for beginner bindings, some others to consider in addition to your list are the Rome Madison, K2 Agogos, and Flux GM30 (I considered these last season but went with the Union Milan). They might offer the flex, forgiveness, and softness you might want right now, along with the responsiveness you might want in the future (iirc, they're all considered mid flex).

Also check out shayboarder for detailed reviews.
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