Sorry to start another Now binding thread.
I have decided that I will get a pair of these bindings, almost ordered last years IPO but saw for 2014 they are putting out a more freeride inspired binding, the Drive.
I guess I just want some help weighing the pros and cons of the two different models. Hopefully one of those shop guys who knows about new products will chime in here.
Riding a 61 Darker series and got stiff boots (DC status) and more of a freerider. Always looking for the fresh lines and usually in the trees. Going to be doing the majority of my riding at Revy.
So obviously the Drives sound like they would be best for me. My main concern is the cost of those, if there going to be the near $400 range I might have to stop and evaluate my decision a little more.
But I can get last years IPO right now but only in white. I don't care too much bout the color but would way rather have black ones.
So is waiting for this years with improved ratchets, more free ride orientated high backs and ankle straps be worth the difference over last years model in a color I don't really want, but a saving of $150 or so $$$?
This is so far about the best info I have found on the new ones.
Go for the Drive. After experimenting with my IPO's last season, I eventually settled on the hardest shrine yet bushings and left them on the remainder of the season, in an effort to maximize response. Planning to get the Drive this season for my pow & charging boards.
This year's IPOs will have improved straps, but the Drive has a different strap from the IPOs.
Choice is dependent on what you want the binding for it appears.
Triple8, maybe you can post your impressions of the Drive versus the IPOs once you've tried the Drives?
Definitely will do! BTW JF hooked me up with this year's ladders last season when I ran into him at Baker, since mine were so chewed up. Still have the old fraying cushioned strap parts on my IPO's though.