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Old 02-01-2012, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Bindings for next season - Freestyle/park riding

Last week the toe strap ratchet on my old bindings broke to the point where the toe strap would completely unratchet by the end of a run. I could probably try to fix it/get replacement parts, but fuck it. This is an opportunity to get new gear. As a temp, (possibly) rest of season replacement I grabbed a pair of used forum shakas from a friend of a friend for dirt cheap. They'll probably be fine for the rest of the season, but I'm also taking this as an opportunity to try to find a deal on a new pair late this season or in the off season. This means I'll be researching my options until then, so I was hoping for a little input on what I might want to check out.

I ride predominantly park/freestyle, hit rails and boxes, hit small to medium jumps (up to saaaay 35 or 40 ft), and jib off natural features around the mountain when not in the park.
Board is a stepchild reverse camber salaryman (everything sucks/powder sucks): It's a moderate soft deck, but not super noodly like a WWW or Artifact rocker... It might be considered 4/10 on some bullshit semi-meaningless flex rating chart.
Boots are Thirty-two Lashed
My last bindings were 2010 raiden pushers. I liked 'em okay, but would prefer something a little softer.

Based on these threads and other people's advice I'm thinking:
Malavita (although when I handled them in a local shop, they felt stiffer than expected)
Flux TT30
Flux DS30
Union Force (too stiff maybe?)
Union Flite (too soft maybe?)
Raiden Zero
Ride Revolt

Any other bindings that you guys would recommend I check out? Any of these that you guys would/would not recommend?
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would say DS30's, Zero's, or Flow Quattro's. Those are my favorite softer park bindings so far.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Alright, I'll check 'em out for sure. Although, for some reason, I've always been against riding Flows. Admittedly, I don't have any real reason for being anti. The entry system just seem weird to me. Although, you're not the first person I've heard speak positively about them recently. Maybe I'll try to be more open minding towards them when I try out bindings later this season.
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I did ReFlex Malavita Restricted (all mountain freestyle flex) and Flux RK30 (softer park flex) this year and am happy with both. I ride them both all over (don't do very much hard charging freeriding) an they work well. Butter smooth ratchets, both cinching and release, the straps are kush especially Burton, and just solid construction. Good stuff.
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