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Old 02-13-2013, 01:48 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I'll throw another option out there for you to consider: the K2 company. Probably will be my next binding. Med-stiff, canted, and has K2's harshmellow cushioning/dampening tech. All tool-less. Gets good reviews. No problems with straps or ratchets. Would be a good fit for your DH2.
haha the point of my post was to narrow the choices down not expand them!!

Seriously though, those look like a good all around binding as well. Ill check them out.

Edit: I was just thinking, are prices of these bindings gonna start coming down considering we are in the ladder end of the season? Should I wait another week or 2 to catch some of these on clearance?

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Old 02-13-2013, 02:00 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Yeah for sure...wait another month if you can and you'll start to see good savings online for 2013 products. I've bought gear from dogfunk.com before, they have good end-of-season discounts and have an awesome return policy...return it to them for a refund anytime if it doesn't work out type thing.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:08 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Yeah for sure...wait another month if you can and you'll start to see good savings online for 2013 products. I've bought gear from dogfunk.com before, they have good end-of-season discounts and have an awesome return policy...return it to them for a refund anytime if it doesn't work out type thing.
Yeah I think I may just do that since I have my Salomon deck all ready to go if so I won't miss out on any trips. Iv been riding that for the last 7 years so so whats another couple runs. I want my DH2 to have a complete new setup, sounds kinda dumb that I have a brand new deck not being used but I never said I was smart to begin with haha.

So with dogfunk you could actually try the bindings out and return then if you don't like them or they don't fit your boots correctly? That would take a lot of the stress about buying online if thats really the case.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:13 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Dogfunk is awesome. I returned a jacket that I didn't like (used once) and when I dropped it off at UPS, they refunded amount to my card the next day. They didn't even receive the package back until several days later.
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Yeah, for example I'm about to return a 2012 Rome factory board and Rome 2012 mob bindings I bought from dogfunk last summer when they had deep discounts before the 2013 stuff came in. Used the board and bindings maybe twice over christmas period and just wasn't a good set-up for me. Great thing is they will accept a return on both items and refund me completely. I will then buy my next more-freeride/powder set up from them in return. Win-win. Great policy but not one that can be abused too many times...i.e. buying, using for a season, returning for the new stuff next season type thing. They obviously don't allow that. Only genuine returns acceptable I believe.
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Another thing about them (that I just found out since I just bought my new board) is that if anything you buy goes on sale within 30 days of your purchase, as long as they still have that same product, color, size, etc in stock they will refund you the difference between what you paid and the sale price.
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Extermo- what size boot are you? Im currently in a 9.5 boot and see the size goes to 10 for the M/L and the L/XL starts from 9.5 -14...Any advice as to what would be best to go with. Im gonna try to find a physical location to bring my boot in but if i can't find one I'd rather not take a shot in the dar.
I wear a 10.5 in the M/L. You could easily fit an 11 in there as I don't have my toe ramp or toe strap extended all the way. I'd def go with the M/L with a 9.5.
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I wear a 10.5 in the M/L. You could easily fit an 11 in there as I don't have my toe ramp or toe strap extended all the way. I'd def go with the M/L with a 9.5.
yes definitely go with M/L for union. my first pair of boots was way too big for me (size 10.5) and the L/XL barely fit. The next season I got boots that actually fit me (size 9 haha) and my boots didn't even come close to fitting so I had to sell my Contact Pros.
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Yeah, for example I'm about to return a 2012 Rome factory board and Rome 2012 mob bindings I bought from dogfunk last summer when they had deep discounts before the 2013 stuff came in. Used the board and bindings maybe twice over christmas period and just wasn't a good set-up for me. Great thing is they will accept a return on both items and refund me completely.
Holy shit, thats unbelievable! I'm definitely not the type to abuse that a companies trust like that. But I really hope they stock the bindings I end up buying because hands down a company with that kind of customer service deserves mu business.

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Another thing about them (that I just found out since I just bought my new board) is that if anything you buy goes on sale within 30 days of your purchase, as long as they still have that same product, color, size, etc in stock they will refund you the difference between what you paid and the sale price.
Lol ok that settles it, I'm not buying anywhere else.

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I wear a 10.5 in the M/L. You could easily fit an 11 in there as I don't have my toe ramp or toe strap extended all the way. I'd def go with the M/L with a 9.5.
Thanks bro you have been a huge help.

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I think I was just ultimately convinced to purchase the SL's. I in my best fit of OCD was reading my 9,000th review of all 3 bindings and was stopped dead in my tracks by " the good ride's" review of these guys, check out the review if your curious. The SL' review can be found Here
Ride Maestro Here
Raiden Phantom Here

Now I don't know if they are a little biased but they definitely do review of all products. By lengths of reviews alone it seams they didn't give the Phantom's or he Maestro's he time of day. But their content of both of those review reflects what many of you have said so that leads me to believe they are pretty accurate. I think after all this I am gonna go with the Union SL's. The only thing that they don't' have that the more expensive Maestro's have is the canting, and I'm not sure that worth the extra 30 bucks. Not to mention If i buy the SL's from dogfunk now they may come down again in a month which I will definitely jump on!
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:53 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Well I caved, I may have ended up wasting money but I just bought the SL's for 270. Granted they are probably gonna be cheaper in a month but I was only able to find one store that had the M/L's in stock and figured I would have a hard time finding them in another month or so.

Many thanks to everyone who helped me I really appreciate all of your advice. I think I am gonna be pretty happy when these babies arrive!!
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