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Old 08-29-2013, 08:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys. I've been lurking this Forum for several years now, and always found it to be a useful reference tool every since I stopped following new tech innovations in riding. So, I finally decided to join and be part of the discussion.

As the title says, I'm looking for input on bindings. I have a few in mind, but would appreciate any input you may have.

The Facts

Experience: 18 seasons
Location: Upstate NY, Mass, and Vermont riding (fast hardpack).
Rider: 5'11" 155lbs
Style: Aggressive freeride. Fast charging, hard carving, popping off drops, rollers, and hips. Essentially zero rails, but the occasional park jump when conditions are good. Occasional pop-180 or butter, nose / tail / method grabs. Trees when available.
Current set-up: Trilogy Arts "The Castle" 157, older Union Data bindings, Salomon F20 boots. Boots are ill-fitting and will be replaced as well.
Stance: Slight duck, good bit of forward lean. Considering going back to a 100% directional stance because I almost never ride switch.
*The new board I'm looking at bindings for: * Smokin' Superpark 156 (camber). This is a "freestyle" board, but is said to be snappy and medium stiff. Weight range for this size is 150-200. Seeing as though I'm only 155, it should make the board on the stiffer / snappy end for me, which I love.


The Contenders:

-Raiden Phantom (highback stiff enough?)
-Raiden Blackhawk
-K2 The Company
-K2 Formula (too soft?)
-Rome Arsenal (low end?)
-Rome Targa


*I've never ridden a canted binding before, so it's of interest. Beneficial ? Not sure.

*Flows are always on my mind, but unsure of them.

*I'm not really a Burton fan, so please don't go there. It's only because I find their bindings too wide for the narrow boots I use and will use.


That's my essay; thanks for entertaining it.

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Old 08-29-2013, 11:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you think you'll be riding a directional stance why are you looking at a twin board?

Bindings that will fit your style best are the Company and Blackhawks from that list. I'd add Flow NX2 AT's or Fuse RS's and Flux SF's.
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I already bought that board. The reason that I bought it is this: It was a great deal for a high-end magne traction board, and the flex seemed aggressive enough for me.

I rode a directional stance for 15 seasons or so, then tried "duck". There are occasions when I ride switch, it's just rare.
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Flux DMs or SF45s
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you think you'll be riding a directional stance why are you looking at a twin board?
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I already bought that board. The reason that I bought it is this: It was a great deal for a high-end magne traction board, and the flex seemed aggressive enough for me. There are occasions when I ride switch, it's just rare.
Sounds like you bought the wrong board. I know in most posts we say the boards aren't that big of a deal, but if you almost never ride switch, why get a twin board?
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Sounds like you bought the wrong board. I know in most posts we say the boards aren't that big of a deal, but if you almost never ride switch, why get a twin board?
Probably got it from the Smokin factory sale. 200 bucks for a good board is pretty sexy.
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I appreciate the concern you all have about the board being a twin, however, I've been riding 30+ days per season for 18 years. I'll be fine on this twin; the flex is right, the weight range is right, the waist width is right. I wanted to try Magne on a non-Mervin board, and got a great deal on the Smokin', as mentioned. The board I'm replacing, the Trilogy Arts one, is also a true twin and has been nothing less than a joy to ride.

I don't mean to sound pompous, rather, I'm just confident that this board will work fine, and I came for advice on new binding tech and matching them to the Smokin'. I haven't stayed up on the tech, and bought my Union Datas several years ago; they're now a bit beat-up. Thanks

I'm not super interested in Flux bindings. Maybe it's worth another look, but last time I tried a pair they were overly wide and too plush for good response.

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What model did you have?
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What model of which ? Board, or bindings ?

My old (current) set-up is a Trilogy Arts "The Castle" 157cm with Union Data bindings (the originals).
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No what model flux bindings did you try.
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