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Old 11-08-2012, 08:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need some feedback!!! Maestro's vs Targa's

Whats up everyone, well I havent been riding in a long time (like 9 years) Ive missed it to much so I bit the bullet and bought all new gear this year except bindings. Im pretty much stuck between two 2013 Ride Maestro or 2013 Rome Targa I'm a All Mountain Freestyle Rider with the intention on trying to spend more time park riding.
Im 6'0 215lbs I have a 2013 GNU Riders Choice 162w and 2013 Ride Triad spdl any info or suggestions would be helpful....Thanx

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Old 11-08-2012, 08:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Info or suggestions on these particular bindings? Or in General?
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I havent found much for reveiws on the Maestros but Im leaning towards them I've owned Ride and trust their name, before that I was looking at the Targa I like the looks and in hand feel but have heard mixed reveiws Ive looked at Union Im not to sure, I guess what is everyones suggestions, pros, cons on these or something else close to these bindings for my needs I havent bought gear since 99-00 just looking for some genral info/experience's
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What are you doing in the park and at what skill level?

The reason I ask is because both of those bindings are stiff. The Targas being potentially the stiffest (adjustable ankle strap flex).

If you're like me and are noobing it up on boxes, I'm going to say consider softer bindings.

Ride: Rodeo

Rome: 390/Boss

Word of warning about Rome... While I love my Bosses, I went through a ton of problems before being happy with them. I had to replace the stock buckles and ladders. Rome CS was super cool about sending me all the parts I needed to make it right. Just something to keep in mind with Rome.

I just picked up a pair of Burton Genesis bindings. They are awesomely comfortable and the perfect balance of flex for me (all-mountain freestyle). Super light and very minimalistic ankle straps. Pricey though haha. Malavitas are another more affordable option. Tad stiffer, but not nearly as much as the Maestro or Targas. The Restricted Malavita has a wing which provides comfort and leverage, but is a stiffer highback than the regular Malavita.
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I would say Im not experienced when it comes to boxes,rails, ect but I have 8-10 years in all mountain freestyle
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I would seriously reconsider your choices then. Get something softer. A good pair of mid flex bindings will be great for all-mountain freestyle and park.

I'm a noob in the park and the Targas were way too aggressive for me to be freestyling on. They were awesome to carve on though with a stiff board.

The maestros are pretty stiff too.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I would say Im not experienced when it comes to boxes,rails, ect but I have 8-10 years in all mountain freestyle
Look into the Contact Pro, Atlas, and Force bindings from Union.
They're roughly in the same category as the other bindings mentioned, and they seem to be roughly in line with your riding style and what you're looking for.

The Force is a solid, mid-stiff binding. No frills, no bullshit on it. Everything you need in a snowboard binding, and nothing you don't. It's comparable to a Rome 390 or a Burton Cartel, as kind of a do anything, responsive binding.

The Atlas is a bit softer than the Force, due to having the Stage 3 baseplate, and having a totally different highback. It's still responsive, but just a touch softer, especially side-to-side. Still kills it all over the mountain, whether that's in the park or anywhere else on the mountain. I personally ride this binding, after switching from the Force two seasons back, and I really enjoy it.

The Contact Pro is the most flexible out of the 3, as the baseplate is based off the Contact tray. However, the basetray is stiffer due to some added materials, and the highback is totally different compared to the regular Contact. This is the binding Gigi Ruf put his input into, and it's a really fun, all mountain binding.

Either way, you can't go wrong with any of these 3 bindings, or any of the other bindings people have mentioned. They will all strap you to your board so you can ride it down the hill, which is the main point of snowboarding, right?
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I thought so with the Targas but with my size I thought the Maestors would be good thats why I was leaning towards them a lil more responsive then 390 Boss a lil less then Targas, So the 390 boss should be good if I dont ride the park for a day, I dont and wont live in the park maybe 25-50% park 50-75% elsewhere
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Look into the Contact Pro, Atlas, and Force bindings from Union.
They're roughly in the same category as the other bindings mentioned, and they seem to be roughly in line with your riding style and what you're looking for.
This must be more of the aforementioned "Knowledge drop" we were all to expect here.

I for one will be happy when the "contest" ends...
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This must be more of the aforementioned "Knowledge drop" we were all to expect here.

I for one will be happy when the "contest" ends...
this is fucking god's work here dude. just be happy you're getting to see the miracle at hand.


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