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Old 01-10-2009, 12:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Which bindings to buy (intermediate)

I used to snowboard a lot when I was younger (25 now, stopped snowboarding seriously 7 years ago when I moved to Toronto). I have a really old and heavy burton snowboard and bindings, but the bindings are the step-in ones which I hate, because I feel I don't get enough support.

So I want to buy new bindings and I'm not sure what to buy. Like I said, I don't snowboard that much anymore, MAX 8-10 times a year (until last year, it was 0 times a year ).
I'm 5'7", 155lb
Mostly diamonds, blues, and my fave is going over moguls. Freestyle. No parks.

Can someone help me pick a decent binding from this website (this is the store closest to me in Toronto)? Nothing too expensive.

Sporting Life Online Store

If that URL doesn't work, then please go to Sporting Life Online Store and navigate your way through.

I also need boots.

I just realized that store has the more high-end, expensive stuff. Perhaps this store is better for me: Snowboard - Bindings - SportChek.ca

Thanks

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Old 01-10-2009, 01:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here you go:
08 Technine T9 size M/L- $90 - from Boardzone (Toronto)

For SportChek boots, try stuff on. Focus on these 3 (moreso on K2):
Ride Haze
K2 Darko
K2 Darko Access
(use the store availability link, also check the stores yourself)
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i just got the new forum arena bindings this season and i absolutely love them. they are a bit pricy but you can catch them on sale often on eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices or TheFind.com - Shopping Search Reinvented - What can we find for you?
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i just got the new forum arena bindings this season and i absolutely love them. they are a bit pricy but you can catch them on sale often on eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices or TheFind.com - Shopping Search Reinvented - What can we find for you?
Hmmm, that does look pricey.
What's in an expensive binding that's not in a cheaper one?
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Bindings are a bit of a tough one to explain.

It's one of the few pieces of equipment where a $200 set can perform equally with a $400 set.

Usually, a more expensive binding is going to be made out of more durable materials, have better customizability, and have better ratchets (Technines have awesome ratchets). Usually a better warranty, too.

However, this doesn't mean that all cheap bindings are crap.
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I think you're the first person to say technine has good ratchets. Design and materials are usually what seperate expensive bindings from low end. But many companies offer the same designs with lower quality materials for everyday riders.
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Technine's ratchets are fucking bombproof.
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The one's I rode for a season, the ones my bro rides currently, and the others that a few of my friends ride must all be defective.
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Or you could be talking shit out your ass.
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Or not. I'll give you some specifics. The springs go and the stop springing back into place requiring you to manually push down on them when you tighten them. After you tighten them they get stuck in the up position and for some reason you have to force them down flat. Then because of the crappy strap design when you begin to get them tight to your boot the ratchet strips the last 2 or 3 teeth on the ladder because the strap starts to twist it in an unanatomical position when it conforms to your boot.

So to anyone considering buying technines take the advice of someone who has actual experience with them. There is a reason they once offered a lifetime warranty. But they couldn't afford to replace all those ratchets (the only thing on a technine binding that failed)
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