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Old 01-29-2013, 03:43 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Got to ride them yesterday in what constitutes a pow day out here this year. Had about 8" of pretty light snow and I rode them backless with the white bushings. Easily the most fun I have had on a board in a few years. Really surfy feeling but still plenty of response. Thee were some pretty sketchy ice patches where the snow had scrapped off and the control I had even going from one extreme of condition to the other was confidence inspiring. They really shone towards the end of the day as things got really bumpy/moguled out. I was able to cruise though that crud at a good speed even in super flat light as the bindings ate up the chop while still giving great feedback as to what was under foot.
I think it was said earlier in this thread but you only really notice how good these are after stepping back into a pair or normal bindings. I have a pair of K2 Uprises as well which I love. The canting and Harshmellow are fantastic but the IPOs always leave me smiling that much more.

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Old 01-29-2013, 07:33 PM   #102 (permalink)
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I basically agree 100% with you. I have them on my Nidecker Ultralight and find the effect barely noticeable (which is a good thing IMO), but the toe straps suck and seem cheap. This is the first binding I have used when the toes strap goes over the top of the boot rather then around the front of the toe, and I much prefer the front of the toe feel. Basically I dont want to feel the toe strap, but with the IOP i can. Its possible I need to get used to how tight I should get them, but a few times at the end of the run I noticed the toe strap slid off of my back foot?! Problem is if I went ultra tight then I felt a tight strap sensation over my boot.

I do like them, and think they are going in the right direction with them. Ill dump them for next years as well assuming they address the strap issue.

Oh, one other strange thing I noticed is that snow/ice seemed to build up on the inside of the highback. I have never seen that before and it wasnt just an easy task to brush it off with my glove. Could have been a strange snow day, but ill be watching that too.
How do you like your Ultralight. I'm highly considering getting this board. Is it worth $800 USD?
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:12 PM   #103 (permalink)
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I am confused how you aren't able to use the toe caps as caps? I have a pair of Northwaves with ultra boxy toes and Salomons with fairly pointy toes and they mold perfect to both.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:11 AM   #104 (permalink)
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I've only had the the toecaps slip once after 10 days on them, and I'm pretty sure it was my own fault from being careless and not putting them on properly. They work way better than I would've imagined, even on the smooth, rounded toebox of these NB x 686 boots.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:42 AM   #105 (permalink)
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I've only had the the toecaps slip once after 10 days on them, and I'm pretty sure it was my own fault from being careless and not putting them on properly. They work way better than I would've imagined, even on the smooth, rounded toebox of these NB x 686 boots.
I think it has to do with the anchor points of the toe cap ladders. On Flux and Rome bindings there are two anchor points for the toe cap ladders. If the boots are on the smaller end of the size range, you can move the anchor points further back; so the toe cap molds around the boot better.

This is a minor point, as the King Pin system reduces the effort needed to transition to heel side; i.e. I can position the toe cap over my toes (like a toe strap) but use less pressure to secure my boot.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:23 PM   #106 (permalink)
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Been this price for awhile at empire, they were 40% off at the boxing day ..
anyone know any US sites with prices like this?
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You could try ordering through Empire or Alternative113 if the shipping isn't too bad.
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You could try ordering through Empire or Alternative113 if the shipping isn't too bad.
shipping was about $40, still might be a little cheaper than other places
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I have 10+ days on them and after playing with different angles on my new NS Legacy noticed that a couple of the screws were becoming stripped. Sent an email off to the service guys and had a response within 2 hours asking for my address so they could send me replacements.

On one of the earlier days, I noticed that a couple of the screws came loose on one binding by day's end leading me to ensure they are almost overtightened since.

Also noticed more recently while in the lift line that the toe strap released as another poster mentioned on a previous run. No problems since.

Will check the straps when I get a chance.

Love the dampness and surfiness. Much better for me and my bum ankles than my Targas. Also noticed that I favor an alpine stance vs. a duck stance in this setup.
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I have 10+ days on them and after playing with different angles on my new NS Legacy noticed that a couple of the screws were becoming stripped. Sent an email off to the service guys and had a response within 2 hours asking for my address so they could send me replacements.

On one of the earlier days, I noticed that a couple of the screws came loose on one binding by day's end leading me to ensure they are almost overtightened since.

Also noticed more recently while in the lift line that the toe strap released as another poster mentioned on a previous run. No problems since.

Will check the straps when I get a chance.

Love the dampness and surfiness. Much better for me and my bum ankles than my Targas. Also noticed that I favor an alpine stance vs. a duck stance in this setup.

I've also had the stoe strap come loose but only once. I think if you adjusted it and it doesn't sit right perhaps there is play there? I'm not sure.

I haven't had a problem since on either of the 2 pairs I have.
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