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Old 01-29-2013, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Flex comparison: Force, Capo, Cartel

I have Forces and looking into Ride Capos and Cartels. How do the flex of all three compare against each other?
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Stiffer>softer
Capo, Cartel, Force.
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There's a lot to consider when talking about flex. The Cartel straps are def softer than the Force. But hands down the Capo is the stiffest, in baseplate, highback. Force and Capo ankle straps are about the same.
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Extremo, just curious, but do the straps make that much of a difference in binding stiffness? Always just though it was the high back and baseplates are what makes them stiff/soft...
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Extremo, just curious, but do the straps make that much of a difference in binding stiffness? Always just though it was the high back and baseplates are what makes them stiff/soft...
Yeah def. They can dictate how responsive a board is edge to edge. The Cartel toe strap is a cap and comes from more of an angle so there's a little more play when you go to your heel edge, the boot lifts a little bit. The Capo toe strap sits more over the top of the boot so there is relatively little play and it provides more power transfer. The same goes for ankle straps, the softer they are the more torsional flex they'll allow and the less power transfer they'll provide to the toe edge. A good example of this is the 390. Outside of the ankle strap it's a pretty solid binding, but a lot of people, myself included, find its too soft (because the ankle strap feels like its made out of marshmellow) to handle more aggressive riding. But really flex patterns are just a matter of personal preference.
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