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Old 01-10-2013, 11:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Quick help needed regarding Restricted Malavita Bindings

Whats going on everyone? So I recently picked up a brand new Lib Tech Skunk Ape and it came with a set of New Ride Capo Bindings. I love the Bindings however, they are an XL and I wear a 10.5 Burton Restricted HAIL Boot.

I was thinking about picking up the Restricted Malavita Bindings (I can get a pretty good deal on em) and was wondering if they would be a good choice to go with? I ride All Mountain/Freestyle while hitting the park and jumps occasionally and as the season goes on probably a little more each time as I get comfy with it.

Any other answers or info needed please let me know.
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Malavita's will work well. Great choice.
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Malavita's will work well. Great choice.
Thanks a ton for the help. I know the Flex Rating on both the Board and the Malavitas are a 7. Now im not sure how much that is really looked into but im assuming you would want like numbers together?
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Thanks a ton for the help. I know the Flex Rating on both the Board and the Malavitas are a 7. Now im not sure how much that is really looked into but im assuming you would want like numbers together?
Flex numbers are really only comparable across the same manufacturer and same product, if even that.

So you can expect two bindings from same mfr to be different stiffness if they are rated different. E.g this flow binding is a 5 and that one is a 7, you'd expect the 7 to be stiffer. Personally I don't think that there is much merit in trying to match stiffness ratings between boards and bindings even of same maker.

People here, especially those recently taking up snowboarding worry too much about matching the flex of their boards and bindings. There's some truth that those who ride aggressive stiff boards fast will tend to have stiff bindings for more response and that soft boards tend to go well with soft bindings for freestyle, but in the middle range there's no rules, it's all personal preference.
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Flex numbers are really only comparable across the same manufacturer and same product, if even that.

So you can expect two bindings from same mfr to be different stiffness if they are rated different. E.g this flow binding is a 5 and that one is a 7, you'd expect the 7 to be stiffer. Personally I don't think that there is much merit in trying to match stiffness ratings between boards and bindings even of same maker.

People here, especially those recently taking up snowboarding worry too much about matching the flex of their boards and bindings. There's some truth that those who ride aggressive stiff boards fast will tend to have stiff bindings for more response and that soft boards tend to go well with soft bindings for freestyle, but in the middle range there's no rules, it's all personal preference.
Right on. Yeah ive been reading to take the number with a grain of salt anyways. But similar numbers should be good though. Meaning it would kinda be a bad move to throw a Diode (FR = 8) on a Shaun White Board (FR = 2).
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Right on. Yeah ive been reading to take the number with a grain of salt anyways. But similar numbers should be good though. Meaning it would kinda be a bad move to throw a Diode (FR = 8) on a Shaun White Board (FR = 2).
Yes, in the extreme cases as you point out it would be a bit silly. Although I demo'd the Nug last year with diode bindings on it and it seemed to work just fine (on the hill, not in the park), maybe the hinge tech in the diodes had something to do with it.

There's been some threads on here that debate the relative stiffness of the burton line, eg. vitas/misson/cartels, etc, some people disagree with Burton's flex rating numbers, so even the mfr's view isn't necessarily the be all and end all.
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