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2013 Union Contact/Pros vs Flow Five vs Ride EX/Revolt

Essentially looking to snatch up some bindings from end of season sales. Found a cheap pair of Contact Pros (for Europe anyway), and they look awesome

I'd rate myself still at the beginner end of the spectrum (solid on blue, ok on reds, have-a-go on blacks ), and this will be part of my first setup. I like to do a bit of everything over the mountain so I'll need bindings that will do well all over the mountain. However I do intend on doing a full season for '13/'14.

I'll be strapping a pair of 10.5 32's, and the board will be coming later (could be anything at the moment )

Question is, would something like the Contact Pros be too stiff? I've seen them rated at around 6/10 compared to the Contacts at 5/10 but I like the sound of the build quality and materials used ie magnesium ratchets/buckles and CNC heelcups.

I like the design of the Flow Fives and they seem to have mid range flex that would be suitable for someone of my skill level (5/10). Are the rear entry high backs really any better than classic entry bindings? I've also got some concerns about the steel cable "Power Triangle": are they susceptible to damage more so than traditional set ups?

When it comes to the Ride Ex, would they perhaps be too soft to be ridden for an entire season? (Assuming that I will progress haha) henceforth should I lean more towards the Revolts or something like the Rodeos?

Lastly, should canted footbeds be a priority?

Sorry for the stupidly long post and possible stupid questions haha!

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated
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The Contact Pro is far from stiff. It's a very forgiving binding. Even though the baseplate is carbon injected the base design allows them a lot of torsional flex.

As far as canting goes, I think it comes down to personal preference, and obviously, the wider the stance the more beneficial it is. But if you have an average stance, the benefits will be minimal.
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The Contact Pro is far from stiff. It's a very forgiving binding. Even though the baseplate is carbon injected the base design allows them a lot of torsional flex.

As far as canting goes, I think it comes down to personal preference, and obviously, the wider the stance the more beneficial it is. But if you have an average stance, the benefits will be minimal.
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Canting isnt necessary by any means, but it does have more than "minimal" effect even for average stances. I feel a significant difference riding 22" wide and being 5'8. At this point with all my previous knee stuff I would have a noticeable amount more pain than I do if I didnt have canting in my bindings. My Salomons dont have it but those only get put at 20.75 cause they're on my jibstick. At that width for my height the canting isnt necessary.

The stiffest bindings in your list are definitely the EX's. Full alu base and a fairly stiff highback. Honestly next is the Revolt despite the urethane highback. Alu frames are stiff. Next is likely the Fives or Conatct Pros. They're pretty close. The Contacts are by far the softest. They're one of the softest bindings I've ever ridden.

If you've got a good deal on the Pro's I'd probably do those out of your list. Good binding and they are super light.

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Canting isnt necessary by any means, but it does have more than "minimal" effect even for average stances. I feel a significant difference riding 22" wide and being 5'8. At this point with all my previous knee stuff I would have a noticeable amount more pain than I do if I didnt have canting in my bindings. My Salomons dont have it but those only get put at 20.75 cause they're on my jibstick. At that width for my height the canting isnt necessary.

The stiffest bindings in your list are definitely the EX's. Full alu base and a fairly stiff highback. Honestly next is the Revolt despite the urethane highback. Alu frames are stiff. Next is likely the Fives or Conatct Pros. They're pretty close. The Contacts are by far the softest. They're one of the softest bindings I've ever ridden.

If you've got a good deal on the Pro's I'd probably do those out of your list. Good binding and they are super light.
Sick man, thanks for the input.
I've never had knee problems before, but having said that I don't really want to develop any haha...
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