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Old 01-22-2009, 09:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I got my equipment about 2 years ago. That first year I only went once or twice. Last year I went 10-12 times. Most of the riding is done on CT mountains (read: smaller and icey). I took a trip to CO last year, and will do the same this year.

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I'm 6' ~190lbs with about a full season (15 days tops) under my belt. I freeride. No park. Mainly green and blue.

Current Setup:
161' Rossignol Circuit (wide)
Salomon Boots (see other thread if you can ID them). Size 12. I think I should be size 11.
Bindings were cheap LTD ones, which I broke.

I will eventually want to get some newer boots, but I'm still trying a bunch on to see what I like. In the meantime, I need bindings so I can ride. I was thinking of picking up the Rome 390's. I'm not sure if I should be spending ~$225 on bindings tho, or if they're too much for me. I still fall and make mistakes, so I'm probably bw beginner and intermediate. I'd like something that will last me and will be somewhat forgiving.

Does anyone have other ideas I should look at as well? I'm a fan of the toe cap, and I will probably buy from a local store today or tomorrow unless I really find a good deal online making it worth missing another weekend of riding.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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why would you get 390s? get romes free ride binding in the arsenals, if you dont go in the park you would be spending more money on a binding that isnt designed for what you like to do. the arsenals are a sick free ride binding for not a bad price...
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why would you get 390s? get romes free ride binding in the arsenals, if you dont go in the park you would be spending more money on a binding that isnt designed for what you like to do. the arsenals are a sick free ride binding for not a bad price...
I have heard good things about the arsenals, but I also heard that they are very stiff and unforgiving - basically that they're for more advanced riders. That's why I was thinking of getting one that would work for both freeride and park. I'd love to get into park a bit as I gain experience, I just don't think I have the skill level right now.
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You want some K2 Formulas or Raiden Zeros or something like that.
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The 390s will be a little too flexy for your riding style, unless you're looking to get into park. Arsenals are in no way unforgiving, they're get freeride bindings, I have a pair for 2007s.

I would look at Rome Arsenals, Ride RXs or SPis, K2 Formulas, or Burton Cartels.

All are great bindings with a flex that's suited for your riding style.
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Arsenals for the win. I love mine.

If you don't touch the park, I don't either, you don't need 390s. If you plan on landing jumps on the trails, you may want to consider upgrading to the Targas, which are a little more forgiving. But if you're all hardcore mountain like me, the Arsenals are perfect.
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+1 for K2 Formulas. Great all-mountain binders. Stiffer than the 390s for sure, but they aren't as stiff as Arsenals. If you plan on progressing into freestyle or even just hitting the little kickers to the side of the piste (as I do), then grab Formulas.
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Awesome thanks guys. I'll see what I can find locally. I'll probably lean toward the Arsenals or the Formulas. Any major difference between the two or reason to go for one other another? Price looks identical.

Does the K2 have a convertible toe strap where it can work as a cap instead of over the toes?

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I have rome 390's and love them!
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Awesome thanks guys. I'll see what I can find locally. I'll probably lean toward the Arsenals or the Formulas. Any major difference between the two or reason to go for one other another? Price looks identical.

Does the K2 have a convertible toe strap where it can work as a cap instead of over the toes?
Arsenal is stiffer. Formula highback is a lot softer in the inside so you can tweak/butter a bit easier.

And yes, the 08/09 Formulas have a universal toe strap. I ride me Sweaters as a cap. Works well.
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