Join Date: Jan 2008
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That empty cavity under the heel just killed any kind of precision for me on heelside turns with the Atlas. This is one of the big reasons I think the Factory will be that much better than the Atlas.
Reflex softens up the ride a bit, but I never felt like it effected the precision and power I could get out of the binding. By killing the dead spot the way the do in the middle of the binding with the flex disc and hinged frame maintains 90% of the precision of the solid disc frames. The way Union does it with picking the frame off the board and putting down EVA works differently. It has a certain "mush" factor since when you push into the frame it has to push through the bushing to get to the board. Characteristically it is a surfier skatey feel that is great for some, not so great for others. I personally never had an issue with it with any of mine, it was other factors that pushed me into other brands.
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