2013 Burton Reflex Cartels vs Union Atlas
The time is near to upgrade my board/bindings, being that I gave my old set-up to my teenage son. I have been eyeing the NS Proto CT since its inception and will be pulling the trigger on the Proto HD (will reserve one with my local shop this summer). I am not trying to start a debate as to whether you like or dislike Union or Burton, but rather pros and cons of each for my riding style. I've had Union Forces and besides the toe ratchet not cooperating sometimes, I didn't have any problems out of them. And the only issue I've read about with Cartels is the inside of the heel cup shredding the back of certain boots. Other than that they seem comparable and could be a thing of personal preference.
I'm 35, I've been riding for 4yrs now and i bought my first set-up 2 years ago. I live on the east coast and mainly go to resorts in PA (Camelback, Whitetail, etc.). My riding style ranges from playfully cruising to hard charging hitting natural features. I've not done the park yet but I want to.
I want to take the time to get this set-up as dialed in as possible, as far as, matching the flex of the board/bindings for my riding style goes being as I will keep this set-up for a while.
And if you guys have any suggestions for boots as far stiffness for my riding style, let me know. I know the boots will be a toss up as I need to get my feet in them first, but at least this can point me in the right direction.