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Old 11-19-2012, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've just got a 2012 Flow drifter and already have 32 lashed boots, I want a binding for all mountain freestyle, (but not too much freestyle), beginner intermediate, (more towards intermediate).

I think I've narrowed my list down to these 2012 models:

Ride Capo
K2 Formula
K2 Company

Which ones are most suited to my setup and why?

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Old 11-19-2012, 02:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've just got a 2012 Flow drifter and already have 32 lashed boots, I want a binding for all mountain freestyle, (but not too much freestyle), beginner intermediate, (more towards intermediate).

I think I've narrowed my list down to these 2012 models:

Ride Capo
K2 Formula
K2 Company

Which ones are most suited to my setup and why?

Thanks
Alex B
The Capos are good bindings, I'm just not a huge fan of their footbeds at all. I had to mount a couple of them onto Ride boards at demo days last year, and I really disliked the fact that you have to take the entire footbed off the binding to adjust your stance. Add the fact that I am personally not a fan of metal bindings, and my vote goes against Ride.
I have some friends who ride the Capos and love them though.

The Formulas are good bindings, a solid choice that won't let you down. Mid-stiff binding, very similar to the Cartel or the Force.
I'm not familiar with the Companys, as I do not sell them or have ridden them.

If you're looking for more options, look at the Burton Missions, the Union Atlas, and the Union Contact Pro.
All three seem like solid choices for your style of riding.
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I started off looking at the missions and was at the point of buying, just wanted to see which colour went better with the board, then started reading about canted footbeds which ruled out the missions, looked at the cartels but got put off by the lift the reflex gives.

The alloy footbed is one of the things putting me off the Capos, I keep reading that people don't like them, which I've never read about composite ones. That and the durability of the toe straps.

I'm just a little unsure as the formulas are response 6, company are 7, but my current Missions, (circa 2001), are stiffer than any I've found in shops so I don't know what modern ones are comparable, (and I can't try them out first).

I like the fact 2012 company have got a features that have been passed down to the formula for this year, (does that mean they're better?).

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For what it's worth, I had a pair of reflex cartels and, I'm sure they lifted just like everyone elses, but I didn't notice it AT all, when riding. There are people that ride better/harder than me who can confirm that it doesn't affect anything.
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I started off looking at the missions and was at the point of buying, just wanted to see which colour went better with the board, then started reading about canted footbeds which ruled out the missions, looked at the cartels but got put off by the lift the reflex gives.

The alloy footbed is one of the things putting me off the Capos, I keep reading that people don't like them, which I've never read about composite ones. That and the durability of the toe straps.

I'm just a little unsure as the formulas are response 6, company are 7, but my current Missions, (circa 2001), are stiffer than any I've found in shops so I don't know what modern ones are comparable, (and I can't try them out first).

I like the fact 2012 company have got a features that have been passed down to the formula for this year, (does that mean they're better?).

Alex B
If you don't like canted footbeds, do not buy K2s. All of their bindings come stock with canted beds, I think it's like a 3 degree rise?
That's one of the main reasons I dislike K2s.

As for companies "trickling" down technology to lower models, many companies do that. Burton, for example, does that with their entire binding line. The highback on the 2013 Custom is the same highback that was brand new on the Cartel a few years back. It doesn't necessarily mean the binding is "better", but why not take the tech (which obviously works, or it wouldn't have been trickled down) at a lower price point?

If you just want a simple, no bullshit binding with everyone you need to ride and nothing you don't, look at Union's line. The bindings are bomb proof as well. I have a pair of Forces from 6-7 years ago that my friend rides, and they're still going strong.
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If you don't like canted footbeds, do not buy K2s. All of their bindings come stock with canted beds, I think it's like a 3 degree rise?
That's one of the main reasons I dislike K2s.

As for companies "trickling" down technology to lower models, many companies do that. Burton, for example, does that with their entire binding line. The highback on the 2013 Custom is the same highback that was brand new on the Cartel a few years back. It doesn't necessarily mean the binding is "better", but why not take the tech (which obviously works, or it wouldn't have been trickled down) at a lower price point?

If you just want a simple, no bullshit binding with everyone you need to ride and nothing you don't, look at Union's line. The bindings are bomb proof as well. I have a pair of Forces from 6-7 years ago that my friend rides, and they're still going strong.
No I do want canted footbeds, missions don't have them which is the only reason I haven't bought them already.

I understand about trickling down technology and it's generally good, thats what I'm saying, last years company had the current toe strap, whereas the formula had the now discontinued strap. If the company isn't too stiff for my level/riding,I'd rather have the better tech.

On that note, has anyone used the new K2 toe strap? the lower hard plastic bit looks like it could cause damage to boots, I take it thats not the case?

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