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Old 03-02-2012, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys!

I'm thinking of getting a pair of Salomon Calibers for my NS Heritage. I found a sweet deal and it seems they are high quality and comfy.

My only concern is that they might be too stiff. I want to do some freeriding/jumping in them. From what I've read in the very few reviews I could find, they seem to be so stiff that they make the impression of a race binding.

Any experience with the Caliber? And would they make a good fit with the Heritage?

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I prefer Tuna to Salmon...

Seriously though, I'm riding stiff as shit bindings (Burton C60 EST) and stiff boots and I love it. I do a lot of freeriding/jumping etc. just no rails. In fact I thought stiff was better for jumping?

Look at the way border cross riders ride, they're on stiff boards, bindings, etc.

I got a stiffy.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I can't speak for the Calibre but I've ridden the Arcade.

What I can say is that I find the heel loop too high. Take a look closely and you'll notice Salomon designs their heel loops really high. I guess you can apply this factor across the Salomon binding line.

I also hated their permanently closed cap straps. Not only is the max extension too close, the cap design kept slipping off my boots. Very stupid design. Buckles were ok, but obviously no where close to Burton's performance.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Cool, thanks for the feedback so far!

So what bindings would you guys recommend for the Heritage? I was thinking Cartels, but I don't really like the fact that the smaller reflex baseplate makes the heelside part of the base lift. I see that happening on my Malavitas and I don't mind it in a freestlye setup, but for freeriding I'd like some more control. Canted footbeds are a must though!
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Have you tried Flux?

They're so easy to get used to.
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Have you tried Flux?

They're so easy to get used to.
Yeah, I've tried the RK30 (park binding) a while ago. I really liked the comfort of them but the lack of padding and a canted footbed is unfortunately a no go for my old and worn bones/knees . I think my only options are the Cartels or Rome Targas as I don't like Ride bindings.
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I can't speak for the Calibre but I've ridden the Arcade.

What I can say is that I find the heel loop too high. Take a look closely and you'll notice Salomon designs their heel loops really high. I guess you can apply this factor across the Salomon binding line.

I also hated their permanently closed cap straps. Not only is the max extension too close, the cap design kept slipping off my boots. Very stupid design. Buckles were ok, but obviously no where close to Burton's performance.
I'm curious what year you tried. They were absolutely abismal a few years ago, but not the toestraps are really solid.

I back Salomon bindings 100%. The Caliber might be a bit much of a binding for the Heritage, but if you like a stiff binding do it up. I was pleased with this year Chief and Arcade.
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I'm riding this year's Calibers on a Salomon Burner and love 'em. Very Responsive and comfy. Also, I've never had any problems with the permanent toe strap; unless you have size 18 feet, the toe straps extend far enough not to impede entry and exit. I've also never had any problems with them slipping off.

My previous bindings were Flux's so the only thing I don't like about these bindings is not everything is tool-less.

I freeride mostly and occasionally hit natural jumps and find them just fine. I think they'd be a good match for a heritage considering the type of riding you do.
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I can't speak for the Calibre but I've ridden the Arcade.

What I can say is that I find the heel loop too high. Take a look closely and you'll notice Salomon designs their heel loops really high. I guess you can apply this factor across the Salomon binding line.

I also hated their permanently closed cap straps. Not only is the max extension too close, the cap design kept slipping off my boots. Very stupid design. Buckles were ok, but obviously no where close to Burton's performance.
Just a few comments on this since i have this years arcades. I think the heel loop you refer to is made to mesh with salomon boots. I just got a pair of salomon boots and they have a sort of tongue and groove effect between the boot heel and the heel area of the binding. It is actually kind of nice. It makes it difficult to pull the boot out even when the buckles arent strapped up.

As for the permanently connected toe straps. I liked that feature so much i started looking around and feeling bad for people that didnt have it. Sure it only saves a few seconds but it is really convenient. Im that lazy. In roughly 20 visits to the hill this year my toe cap only slipped off twice and it was probably user error.

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Just a few comments this since i have this years arcades. I think the heel loop you refer to is made to mesh with salomon boots. I just got a pair of salomon boots and they have a sort of tongue and groove effect between the boot heel and the heel area of the binding. It is actually kind of nice. It makes it difficult to pull the boot out even when the buckles arent strapped up.

As for the permanently connected toe straps. I liked that feature so much i started looking around and feeling bad for people that didnt have it. Sure it only saves a few seconds but it is really convenient. Im that lazy. In roughly 20 visits to the hill this year my toe cap only slipped off twice and it was probably user error.
Yeah it definitely depends on the boots for sure. If you pair it with Salomon it'll be ideal.

In essence, if you had Burton's like I did the heelcup will feel really high.
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