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Old 02-20-2013, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Another god forsaken which binding question

I realize this has been beat to death but I can't really find the answer to my specific question about which bindings to buy.

I'm 39, 5'11", 180 lbs and currently have 10.5 Burton Moto boots and love them. I'm riding a K2 Brigade and a K2 Playback. I like the Playback a little better, but both boards seems to fit me pretty well.

I would consider myself a low to mid level intermediate rider. Total beginner in the park but I'm working on that. I ride 99% of the time at Paoli Peaks in Indiana but that will change in the future. I'm going to Vermont on March 1st for the first time. I'm wanting to really ramp up the park skill as well.

After that long ramble, my question is what binding should I try? I currently have Flow NX2-AT and Ride EX. I really like the Ride bindings but they are older and near neeeding replacement. I bought the Flows at the beginning of the season and really liked them at first. I have really progressed this year and now I don't care for the Flows anymore compared to my Rides. I bought the Flows because I am teaching my young girls to ride and was getting in and out of my bindings what seemed like 100 times a night. The Flows are great for that, but now that the girls can make it down the hill on their own, I don't care for them.

At Paoli, the runs are extremely short but I still would rather ride in the Rides compared to the Flows. I've read hundreds of threads on here about which bindings but I'm not sure how to compare people's ability with mine.

I guess my real question is which level binding do I need? Money isn't an issue. I'll buy the best I can but I don't know if I need like the Union SL/Burton Cartel/Rome 390 Boss style that seems like an expert binding which I definitely am not. If those bindings will not fit my style and skill, tell me what I should get.

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Old 02-20-2013, 10:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Bindings have pretty much 3 important features:
1. Build quality - durability, ratchet smoothness, etc.
2. Stiffness - soft is good for tweaking your moves in the park, but if you want better support when landing jumps, a stiffer binding will help with this. If you are looking for more responsive carves on the groomers, then stiffer bindings will help here.
3. Weight - affects overall agility when riding, popping, etc.

You say you like your Ride EX better than the Flows, why is that? You should know what kind of binding you need first, then identify the best binding with those features.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I guess I like the EXs over the Flows mainly because of the fit. The Flows are tight in toe area but if I loosen then to relieve tightness then I feel like the bindings are too loose. To get the Flows to fit correctly I have to readjust them every time because I cannot do the rear entry if I have them adjusted the way I like them. That is the part of the reason I got the new NX2-AT because they are like traditional ratchets, but it is a bit of a pain and I'd rather just use traditional bindings.

I like the responsiveness of the Flows but I just feel more comfortable and confident in the EXs. I'm not looking for real stiff bindings, just something I can hit the groomers (all we have at Paoli) but also be fine for the park (I'm never gonna hit 40's or spin more than 360). I definitely don't like the weight of the Flows so that is a factor for me. I know isn't the case, but it seems like the board weighs twice as much with the Flows on them compared to the EXs.

I may try to rent bindings from the Pro Shop and see how the different brands feel compared to the EXs and see how much flex I really like.

Thanks,

Jason

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If money is not an issue just get something high end, you will feel the comfort. I'd suggest the new k2 Company IPO. Plenty of others will work, I like my Malavitas alot.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If your a Ride guy then why not look at the Capo or Maestro. Both are great all mountain/ freestyle bindings so you have the best of both worlds and you already know what your gonna be getting since your familiar with the companies binding.

I rode the maestro's this year for a week and they were really good. They were too small for my boots so they had to go back and they didn't have the larges in stock so I went with Union SL's..But the responsiveness and the comfort with the wedgie footbeds was pretty amazing. Rode groomers and the park with them for 5 days and had zero complaints what so ever. Definitely worth looking into.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well I ended up going with the Ride Capo and Ride EX bindings. I love the EX compared to my FLOW NX2-AT so much that I wanted to replace them with the same and found a good deal at dogfunk. I sold the Flows so I needed 2 sets of bindings. My old EXs finally had it the last time I rode.

I also wanted to try a more advanced binding so I bought the Capo as well. It will probably be next season before I use them.

Thanks for all the help,

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