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Old 11-13-2012, 09:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I've just registered to pick your brains, as this seems a lot more active than the UK sites.

I'm after some new bindings to go on my new Flow Drifter board, I'm a beginner/intermediate, don't do any park riding and want a canted footbed.

Some bindings I've been looking at and things I've heard about them are:

Ride Capo, (toe straps seem to break down quite badly)
Burton Cartel, (don't like what I've been reading about the heel lift)
K2 formula/company, (straps don't look so high class as the other bindings)
Rome 390 Boss, (seem to have issues with paint chipping, ratchets sticking etc)

Does anyone have reviews of these, (I've done loads of research but wanted genuine first hand reviews from people who have used them).

Is there really a noticable difference between plastic/composite and alloy footbeds?

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Old 11-13-2012, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Here is my take.

Ride Capo, great bindings, good cant options, low-pro aluminum base. Fairly comfy. I have a few frinds that ride these, and they are on the short list this year to aquire.

Burton, make good comfortable bindings, if they fit your boot well. Think mostly "B" boots. I personally will not ride them.

Rome 390. I have a pair of these coming, I have heard good things......but time will tell. I guess sizing can be a bit wonky on these.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah should have said I've got '10/'11 ThirtyTwo lashed. I've read they're a tight fit in the Rome bindings.

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Old 11-13-2012, 10:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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K2 Company may be a good option for you. Very comparable to the others, good fit, fairly stiff, canted. Don't let people talk you away from K2, they make solid stuff, even if they are accused of being a SKI company! They have been in the game much longer than most board companies. I am old enough to have owned a original Gyrator, so I know from whence I speak.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've only tried two of those bindings, the 390 Boss (2011) and the Cartel (2009, 2011, 2012). I liked both but, out of those two I preferred my Cartels. Ratchets didn't slip as much (I heard they fixed this) and they weren't as fussy to set up.

I think Burton makes the second best bindings on the market.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I was actually going to buy the cartels until I saw a few posts on here, (which led me to do some research), about the Re:Flex system causing the heels to lift off the board quite a lot. Thats the only thing that's putting me off.

I'm not fussed on the politics of who makes what, what else they make etc, as long as the product I'm buying is good and I'm not paying over the odds for a name.

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Old 11-13-2012, 10:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I, wouldn't worry about that too much.

I, literally, never noticed any heel lift off the binding and rode them on hard pack days to days where it was dumping and hard to see. They didn't let me down.
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I was actually going to buy the cartels until I saw a few posts on here, (which led me to do some research), about the Re:Flex system causing the heels to lift off the board quite a lot. Thats the only thing that's putting me off.

I'm not fussed on the politics of who makes what, what else they make etc, as long as the product I'm buying is good and I'm not paying over the odds for a name.

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Now I'm nervous about getting some cartels now
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:02 AM   #9 (permalink)
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All the options on your short list are solid. How straps look does not necessarily correlate with how they fit or how comfortable they are, so don't let that be a detractor.
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Go Capo and don't think anymore about it.
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