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Old 02-05-2013, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question New Bindings Needed ASAP

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I need new bindings for next weekend:

For my 12 Year Old brother. Rides Black Diamond and Park. 60/40
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Options right now: (I need to order these TODAY!)

1. 2012 Flux TT30
2. 2012 Rome Mob
3. 2012 Rome 390 Boss
4. 2013 Union Force
5. 2013 Flux TT30 ($20 more than '12)
6. 2013 Burton Missions (Waiting on a price quote)

How reliable is The Good Ride | A Snowboard Gear Buying GuideThe Good Ride According to them, the Mobs get the best ratings.

I've researched a lot about these bindings and I still can't come to a conclusion. Seems like a lot of people are having issues with their Rome 390 Bosses. Check out the thread here. Although, I like the idea of the cant system which is suppose to be better for the knees.

Greatly appreciate any insight and suggestions.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If youwant canting the 390 boss, you can also do the mob boss. Good ride is pretty much garbage
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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those choices are all fine, chillax and pull the trigger on one.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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For the Burton Missions - I have those and after some initial trouble i am now happy with them. But make sure that your boot has the 'center stay' (?) or rubber going up the back of the boot. The Missions this year feature the ridges that help the heel stay put, but are known to ruin boots within a day if you dont have the rubber/plastic strip back there (see http://www.snowboardingforum.com/bin...oots-help.html)
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Get the Mob's. Softer so they wont be too much for the 'lil guy.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the responses and please keep them coming. I have a few more hours left before I pull the trigger.

Still a little confused on which ones to get but I think I'm going with Burton. I guess you can say that I bought into the hype and #1 snowboard supplier. We're also going away for a snowboard/ski trip to VA where Burton was founded and I believe their headquarters is there too.

It seems like they make good products and stand behind their stuff. Reliability is key since it will be for my brother and he is only 12. I don't want anything coming loose, he won't be able to retighten them himself.


Thanks for the info on the Missions. I picked up a new pair of Burton Freestyle Boots for pretty cheap. He will probably outgrow them in a year so I don't feel like splurging for a more expensive boot. Thanks for the link. Ill look into it and I hope that the missions won't ruin the boots. I don't know how Burton would make a binding that would destroy a boot. They are a reputable company and should have the biggest R&D department.


I found a pair of 2013 missions for $160 shipped. I'm assuming that's a good deal?
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no expert here but last week on hunter mountain i used my friends union force, it's a good solid binding i think i can say that for any union model
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I don't know how Burton would make a binding that would destroy a boot. They are a reputable company and should have the biggest R&D department.
According the Burton guy on that thread i sent you, most boots *should* have that section. The effect of those ridges is very noticeable though. Even after releasing my straps i need a solid effort to get the heel out of the binding. Could probably board with only the toe strap engaged without any issues.

The guy also mentioned that all Burton boots since 2007 had that rubber bit so you shouldnt have any problems


I am far from a pro, and my experience with other bindings is very limited, but after having the front straps replaced under warranty, *I* am happy with them. YMMV
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According the Burton guy on that thread i sent you, most boots *should* have that section. The effect of those ridges is very noticeable though. Even after releasing my straps i need a solid effort to get the heel out of the binding. Could probably board with only the toe strap engaged without any issues.

The guy also mentioned that all Burton boots since 2007 had that rubber bit so you shouldnt have any problems


I am far from a pro, and my experience with other bindings is very limited, but after having the front straps replaced under warranty, *I* am happy with them. YMMV
Thanks for the information and I just checked the boots and they do have the ridges on the back of them. I guess he'll have to stick to burton boots if I purchase the Missions. It makes sense that you would get a better "hold" with these ridges. I wonder if other manufacturers copied this "system".

Here's a quick picture of a similar boot (Burton Freestyle) that I purchased for him:


I appreciate the info. I'm going to order the bindings first thing tomorrow morning. Still on the fence but I'm leaning towards the Missions.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:57 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies...

I ended up spending a little more than I wanted to and bought the new 13' Burton Cartel Cements.
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