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Old 08-13-2013, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, I'm taking advantage of some summer deals and have already purchased a machete gt and am looking for bindings. Has anyone had a chance to ride the contact pros paired with this board? Just looking for thoughts and opinions.

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So yeah I wouldn't. That board is gnar. Like too gnar. You need something stiff.

K2 Company, Flow Fuse GT, Salomon Cheif, Burton Malavita, or Flux SF's.
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So yeah I wouldn't. That board is gnar. Like too gnar. You need something stiff.

K2 Company, Flow Fuse GT, Salomon Cheif, Burton Malavita, or Flux SF's.
what do you think about union atlas, force or rome 390 boss on the gt. also found a great deal on the union danny kass bindings but cant find any real tecnical info on them. not wild about the graphics but if the binding will pair with the baord nice what the hell
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Out of complete and total curiosity, how does the machete gt ride compared to a regular machete? Is the gt more of a bomber board?
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what do you think about union atlas, force or rome 390 boss on the gt. also found a great deal on the union danny kass bindings but cant find any real tecnical info on them. not wild about the graphics but if the binding will pair with the baord nice what the hell
Are you looking at 12/13 or 13/14 Models for these?
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The Ride Machete GT isn't just a park board anymore. Its much stiffer then the orginal Machete. I just bought the Union Force bindings to go with my Proto HD. But I cant lie I really wanted the Contact Pro! the bed on the contact pro is awesome and has a new plate system. Not sure how to word it but the round plate is smaller and the grooves are rounded to allow flex movement with the board so the it allows the board to flex more natually... My Force bindings are sick tho! Tough as nails and colorful.
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Hi all, I'm taking advantage of some summer deals and have already purchased a machete gt and am looking for bindings. Has anyone had a chance to ride the contact pros paired with this board? Just looking for thoughts and opinions.

Thanks in advance for the help
If you're thinking about Union bindings I'd go with 2014 models. Union's toe straps in particular, have revamped the ratchets. Some added with push pins but most, if not all got upgraded. I had a pair of the flites and the toe strap ratchet was a pain in the arse. Wouldn't release and spent more time getting out the damn things...the ankle straps were and are okay. Never had a problem. But be prepared for a headache with their problematic toe straps. But all in all, a good binding. Bought this years Atlas and may buy this year's Contact or Contact Pro at the end of the season when they're discounted.
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The toe strap buckle is kind of difficult to disengage. Do you think I could just buy the new style buckle and it interchange?

My ride rodeo bindings were easy to get out of but they also came unstrapped in the trees every once in a while. That would be the only reason I thought union made them that way. Just guessing tho.
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The toe strap buckle is kind of difficult to disengage. Do you think I could just buy the new style buckle and it interchange?

My ride rodeo bindings were easy to get out of but they also came unstrapped in the trees every once in a while. That would be the only reason I thought union made them that way. Just guessing tho.
Honestly couldn't tell as far as Union sending you an updated toe ratchet...thats something you'd have to call them on. I highly doubt they would intentionally make a strap so difficult to get out of. The issue was the release...thats why on some they added push pins. They advertise on all the 2014 Union models of a new toe strap. Some food for thought if you think you're getting a deal on a 2013 model.
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I would rather a binding be a little hard to unstrap than come undone when riding hard....
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