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sabatoa 09-21-2012 08:07 AM

2012 K2 Formulas versus 2012 Burton Cartels
 
Hey guys.

I'm trying to figure out if there's any benefit to the 2012 Cartels versus the 2012 K2 Formulas. I like the canted footbeds and both have asymmetrical high backs.

I'm looking for a white pair from last year that will look good with my white '12 Legacy and the Cartels are more expensive so I was wondering if anyone knew if they were worth the extra simoleons.

As the Legacy suggests, my riding is all mountain freestyle. 70% groomers 30% park/kickers.

With that in mind, I'm not entirely locked in to one of those bindings if you have another 2012 model suggestion.

mitch19 09-21-2012 08:38 AM

I rate the Formulas. Started off last season with them and for some god forsaken reason I changed it up mid season. Will be buying a new pair to kick off this season with and wont be changing them this time haha :cheeky4:

david_z 09-21-2012 09:04 AM

I haven't ridden the Formulas (or at least not that I recollect) but I am a fan of the Burton Cartel, it's a good binding and quite versatile, especially since they relaxed the forward lean and shortened that highback a few seasons ago.

sabatoa 09-21-2012 09:10 AM

Does the relaxed forward lean mean that I'd have to work harder to engage heel side?

david_z 09-21-2012 10:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sabatoa (Post 520093)
Does the relaxed forward lean mean that I'd have to work harder to engage heel side?

Nah.

When I say "relaxed" i mean "compared to the 2010 & prior year's cartels, which had a super aggressive forward lean built in. Coupled with the super-tall highbacks, a lot of people thought it was waaaay too much forward lean since the height exaggerated the already aggressive forward lean.

snowklinger 09-21-2012 10:43 AM

(on the Cartels) There is still a forward lean adjustment on the highback, so you can dial some in for heel-side engagement to your liking.

The Formula is famous for a no-nonsense, stripped down economy binding -think civic; while sharing some of the same features, the Cartel is a top of the line, feature rich binding that has enjoyed the top spot for years - think BMW.

I'm not a Burton lover by any means, but the Cartel and Malavita are some nice fucking bindings.

From k2, you need to jump like 4 models, to the Company (their lineup has changed but u get the idea) before you are comparing apples to apples.

That being said everytime someone asks for a cheap binding I swear BA and Nivek both say K2 Formula.

sabatoa 09-21-2012 10:46 AM

I appreciate that information.

While I am price sensitive, I also want quality. That's why I'm looking at last year's model to get the most bang for my buck.

You guys helped.

BurtonAvenger 09-21-2012 10:47 AM

Formula is not a cheap binding you're thinking Indy which used to be the Formula, new Formula is comparable.

snowklinger 09-21-2012 11:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BurtonAvenger (Post 520113)
Formula is not a cheap binding you're thinking Indy which used to be the Formula, new Formula is comparable.

Totally I was gettin them confused. Maybe 1 step up to the Company, not 4 :D.

david_z 09-21-2012 11:10 AM

I like the company. Considering those for my next set...


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