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Old 11-17-2012, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just picked up a new Yes-PYL and I currently have a 2010/11 Trice w/ Ride SPI bindings. Bindings for me have always been an afterthought and most of my focus has been on the board and the boots. My riding style is almost purely freeriding. I'm currently considering picking up a pair of Union Atlas or Force bindings that would be used interchangeably w/ the boards.

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on these binding or any other types of bindings that may be more suited to my riding style.

Also, I've seen a lot of reviews raving about the Now bindings and my local shop guys seem to like them. The concept doesn't make complete sense to me, b/c I feel like you're giving a little response until you really lean into the turn. Also, are they durable?

BTW my boots are size 10 Thraxis.
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Your Thraxis will do more work than either the force or the Atlas.

K2 Companies. They'll fit flawlessly with your boots, Harshmellow, canting, urethane ladders, 3 pin ratchets, and stiff enough for free riding performance.
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I just picked up a new Yes-PYL and I currently have a 2010/11 Trice w/ Ride SPI bindings. Bindings for me have always been an afterthought and most of my focus has been on the board and the boots. My riding style is almost purely freeriding. I'm currently considering picking up a pair of Union Atlas or Force bindings that would be used interchangeably w/ the boards.

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on these binding or any other types of bindings that may be more suited to my riding style.

Also, I've seen a lot of reviews raving about the Now bindings and my local shop guys seem to like them. The concept doesn't make complete sense to me, b/c I feel like you're giving a little response until you really lean into the turn. Also, are they durable?

BTW my boots are size 10 Thraxis.
Both the Forces and Atlas bindings will work for you and your riding style.

The Force is the stiffer binding out of the two, so it will give you a bit more response. I rode the Forces for a couple years prior to getting on the Atlas last year, and I loved them. I still have a pair from 6-7 years ago that my friend rides, and they're still going. Simplistic, bomb proof. Everything you need/want in a binding, and nothing you don't.

The Atlas is very, very similar to the Force. The different highback and baseplate, however, give it a softer flex than the Force, so it will be less responsive. Don't think that it's some soft ass binding though, because it isn't Like I said, I switched over to the Atlas because I wanted something a bit softer than the Force, and the Atlas fit my riding style perfectly. The Atlas still has enough response to kill it all over the mountain, I rode both bindings on the exact same board and rode all over Tahoe on them.

It just comes down to what you prefer, flex-wise. I'd go with the Force, unless you already know you want something a bit softer, then go with the Atlas.
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I missed the part where you said what was wrong with your SPi's. But, if they're just not doing it for you, and you want a stiff Union binding, go with the Chargers. What reviews there are about the NOW IPO are solid, and Jeremy Jones (big mountain, not jibber) is on their team and rides them. I'd say that makes them fairly durable, and probably pretty good for your type of riding.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Nothing really wrong w/ my SPIs. I just haven't ridden anything else in the last 6 years and thought this was a good opportunity to try something new out. I've heard great things about Unions, so thought I'd give them a try. The Chargers look sick, but they're also pretty expensive and I wonder if they may be too stiff to combo w/ my PYL. I'll probably be taking that out on deeper days and into the trees. Obviously they work for at least one very successful snowboarder...

Nivek - I don't really know much about K2 bindings so I'll definitely check them out. I guess it makes sense that their bindings would be a good fit for their boots.

Generally speaking though, I could see why a very stiff binding would be good for carving groomers and a very flexible binding would be good for freestyle, but what is the best flex for freeriding? My gut tells me you want something that is stiff, but torsionally more flexible to take all the unexpected bumps in stride.
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It's all personal preference. There are guys who rock stiff bindings in the streets, and guys who like looser bindings in the backcountry.
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