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Old 08-12-2013, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default NS Evo - Bindings Recommendation?

I just picked up a 2013 NS Evo from my local shop on their annual "Summer Sale" event. I'm pretty stoked, I'm not a huge park person but I do dabble a bit and I'm looking forward to having this board in my quiver to play around on. I'm trying to figure out bindings for it.

I will say unapologetically, I've been a big fan of Burton bindings for 20+ years so I'm naturally leaning in that direction. I'm open to suggestions but any "Burton sucks!" type responses will be promptly ignored.

1.) Any suggestions in the Burton binding line-up? Currently I have:
  • NS SL w/Burton CO2
  • NS Proto w/Burton Prophecy - Of the bindings I already own, these are probably my best match to the Evo. It would mean pulling them off my Proto and then finding a good match to replace them (CO2's above? Cartels below?) Thoughts?
  • Burton Cartels - These are definitely old but in near-new condition. They were on a Burton Twin (Ouija) board I scored at a garage sale for $35.00. Yeah, $35.00 for a near mint Burton Twin and Cartels. WOO! The bindings are definitely newer than the board but I don't have any idea what year the Cartels actually are. I know Cartels are great bindings and highly praised but they are also more on the stiff side, right? So I'm imagining these will not be optimum for use on the Evo.
  • Burton Customs - I might have a pair in the basement somewhere. I'm hesitant to go this route as the Custom is very much an entry-level, low-cost binding and I don't want to downgrade.
2.) Any suggestions outside the Burton line-up? There is a reasonable deal online for 2013 Rome Boss 390's but are they a good freestyle binding? They look like they have canted footbeds but I do not see this in the description of the binding.

If it matters much, I ride with stiffer boots. The last few years on K2 T1's and this year I'm looking at either Burton SLX, Driver X, or Ions. At this point, the Ions are my leading choice but I'm still looking. I'm too old for soft boots, I prefer the firm support at this age!

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and opinions.

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im not an expert or anything but i just bought the same year evo and am pairing them with either 2013 raiden zeros or 2014 k2 company IPOs
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Anyone?

I'm looking at some Rome 390 Boss and Rome Mob Boss bindings as options. I wear a size 9.5 or 10 depending upon manufacturer. In the 390 Boss, my biggest concern is my boot size is in the lowest size for a L/XL and I'm concerned the binding will be too sloppy since it accommodates up to a 14. The Mob Boss has a size M which would work but I'm concerned it is too park oriented. I usually only ride park about 10% although I want to spend much more time in the park this year.

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Can pick up those 2013 Rome 390 Boss bindings for $162.90 on evo
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Can pick up those 2013 Rome 390 Boss bindings for $162.90 on evo
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Dopeboards - Yep, that is the site I was looking at. I've ordered from Evo before and had great service.
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Sweet, they are a great site and usually have the best prices. You can always use my site to double check tho. Or if you don't mind cruising through mine just for shits and giggles id love some feed back from strangers
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I'm an old dude too, ride burton ions with C60/diode bindings.

I find the stiff boots in the park are a little tricky, but great on the hill.

Your budget is a bit hard to understand, you have a range of bindings but are looking at top dollar boots, so I'm going to assume you're an older dude where budget isn't the main factor given your boot choices.

I'd say get the ions which are cheaper than SLX and the driver X is mega stiff (do you really need that stiff?) then buy genesis or malavita binders for your EVO, this gives you a good match to the board binding combo, and then you have the SL/co2 combo for the hill, I'd put the cartels on the proto or the co2s.

Sell the prophecy and customs, you don't need them.

Consider upgrading co2s to diodes, I love mine, super resposive and super light.

Or come fully over to the dark side, you've got burton boots and bindings already, get an antler for the park, a Sherlock for soft snow, and a custom x for charging.
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Sweet, they are a great site and usually have the best prices. You can always use my site to double check tho. Or if you don't mind cruising through mine just for shits and giggles id love some feed back from strangers
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I'm an old dude too, ride burton ions with C60/diode bindings.

I find the stiff boots in the park are a little tricky, but great on the hill.

Your budget is a bit hard to understand, you have a range of bindings but are looking at top dollar boots, so I'm going to assume you're an older dude where budget isn't the main factor given your boot choices.
Yeah being older, a technology professional, and a DINK the main factor isn't budget. Although with the Evo being my 9th snowboard (6 of which are vintage boards for collecting purposes) the wife is getting a little impatient over the amount of money I spend on gear. Haha.

I am a firm believer in spending money on the right pair of boots. It is the foundation. A great board and bindings with bad boots will almost always equal a bad day. Besides, my ankles just can't take the level of strain/stretching that happens in soft boots. So I switched over to stiffer boots about 3 years ago and have been much happier. The challenge is matching a boot with the amount of support I want with bindings and a park board to give me the "play" that I want without giving up too much support.

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Or come fully over to the dark side, you've got burton boots and bindings already, get an antler for the park, a Sherlock for soft snow, and a custom x for charging.
Ah, but I love me my NeverSummer boards. I rode Burton's exclusively (board, boots, binding) for a long time. I have no problem with Burton but found I really love the ride of a NeverSummer stick.

Thanks for the suggestions, definitely something to think about.
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I rode the 2013 Ride Rodeos on 2013 NS SL last season and loved them. I loved the flex and the wedgie bed. But I ride very sporadic!!!! From one minute to the next I'm either killing the trees and shoots, racing buddies on the groomers on the way to the park, hitting the park (rails, boxes and 3's over kickers). The only problem I had with them are the straps bust loose on hard landings and packed up with snow, and the toe strap gel part broke in a few places but is was cosmetic. But they where extremely comfortable. Not the best for bowls and deep pow.

So just got in the mail the some new Union Force Bindings and the new 2014 NS Proto HD. Got the Proto Hd because I loved the ride of the SL but wanted it a little more playful and I mean just a little bit...

Union Bindings are the best bindings. No trash on Burton tho. Burton makes amazing channel system. If Never Summer had channel system i'd get channel bindings because the design is amazing.
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