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Old 10-11-2012, 07:09 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Still looking around and undecided. I was looking at burton and the cobra shark seems to be the med/soft binding from them im looking for. I've have not herd a lot about them and was wondering if they were a good solid binding and not just one of Burton's cheap crap binders. Also are they canted? Are they overly soft like the union contact?
Also on the flow five how well do the mini ratchets work?
They seem to be like the Cartel of the park bindings. Meaning if your a jibby park pro that doesn't have a binding sponsor, you buy Cobra Sharks. Seem to be a killer binding if you don't mind the stock forward lean. No canting as far as I can tell.

Fives have full ratchets this year. Otherwise the mini's are alright. They will tear up the ladders if you use them a lot though.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:19 PM   #32 (permalink)
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The stock forward lean is fine with me. I run forward lean already on my Ride bindings at the fist notch. I'm going to try and make it to a shop this weekend and hopefully they have some 2012 left for me to check them out.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:45 PM   #33 (permalink)
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go with the VITAs. i just picked up a pair today, i cant really vouch for them yet, but i put them on my board and strapped in and they felt awesome. Thy are really light, the autocant im sure works, the asym superstrap is really comfy and helps lock your boot in along with the heel hammock. That shit works great. Obviously the gettagrip strap is sick, and the canted highback is sweet.

The Union's toe caps, or should i say straps, are worthless. And the ratchets obviously suck too. Don't know much about the Rodeos but i would say the Malavitas are the way to go. Good for all around with mainly park oriented guys.
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If canting is the most important thing, go Malavitas. They're not really as soft as advertised, like Nivek said. The reflex tech does lift the binding off the board, but didn't bother me enough to care.

If a softer binding is more important, go Contact Pro, they have a great lateral flex for presses a sick highback for tweaks and are really light. The baseplate is also carbon injected so it's a bit stiffer than the regular contacts, highback is much firmer/responsive too. I think they're my most versatile binding it's a 50-50 shot on what I'm going to ride or who I'm going to ride with.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:26 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I think I decided that I am going with the 2012 Burton Cobra shark then. I was wondering if I should go with the basic Cobra shark or the Cobra shark Mud shark?? I think the difference is just the winged high back. I am not a complete fan of the look but they said its rather functional.
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Winged highbacks don't make a huge difference in riding imho. I have some on my malavitas and don't really notice a difference between the stock highbacks.

So go with what color you like best.

Did you get a good price on the 'sharks?
They're not canted like the 'Vitas and they're not as tech or as light as the Contact Pros.
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I found the 2012 cobra sharks for $107. The malavita's sound a lot like the Capo's that I already have and I'm not really finding any 2012 on sale. Only est and 2011 in el noche color way. Weight isn't a huge deal unless they are overly heavy. I do want canting, but I haven't really found any with the mid mid/soft flex.
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I'm curious (still trying to make a decision) why you didn't go for the Ride Rodeos.
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I'm curious (still trying to make a decision) why you didn't go for the Ride Rodeos.
I really like Ride. I have the capo and love them and had delta's for a few years and did those also. I just want to try out some other brands and broaden my experience with other equipment.
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I really like Ride. I have the capo and love them and had delta's for a few years and did those also. I just want to try out some other brands and broaden my experience with other equipment.
I would've probably taken Cartels or Malavitas or Rodeos over the Cobrashark. The only thing that might sway me to the cobrashark is if it was a lot cheaper.
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