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Old 02-18-2013, 01:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cartel or Republic for a new Angus board.

I just bought a 2012 Angus (153) for mostly free-riding. I may do some jumps but no other park features.

I weigh ~160LBS and boot size is 8.5 (Salomon Savage).
I am thinking about getting the 2013 Cartel Re:Flex or Forum Republic for this board.

I would like a mid to mid-stiff responsive binding for this board. I know the Cartels fit that spec but I also read that Republic share same tech as the Cartels and Missions. It's also ~$40 cheaper. Republic is also similar to the Forum Shaka but little stiffer.

I have the Shakas on my jib board(Skate Banana) and have been very satisfied with the Shaka for that style of riding.

Are the Cartels significantly more responsive than the Republics?
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Cartels are not really more responsive than the Republics, especially not the 2013.

Main difference is the aluminium heel cup and the better customizability on the Forums. The Cartels are a bit lighter.

If you like the Shaka and don't mind the weight (I found them kind of heavy) then go with the Republics.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I had 12 Republics on my Angus 159 last year and loved them. I just picked up Shakas 13 and they seem even more comfortable than the Republics
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