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post #31 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-15-2007, 05:32 PM
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post #32 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-15-2007, 11:59 PM
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I saw a good deal on some Burton Customs today, any thoughts? I'm kinda wary of the plastic base, seems like metal would be better, the only bindings I've owned until now were step ins, and I've grown to hate them. I've rented boards with regular bindings but not enough to really know what's up. Also would brand compatibility really matter for strap ins? I have some Burton boots.

what is up with the cable stopped ones, instead of having the arch come off the base?

also what's up with the large pad joining the straps on some, instead of individual straps? seems like the larger pad would distribute pressure over a larger area and be more comfortable, these have both features I'm asking about:



BTW I'll be doing freeride and trying my hand at a good amount of park this year as well.

also, can you get replacement parts if something breaks?

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The best thing about plastic is that it doesn't warp like metal. The plastic bases on bindings are surprisingly tough! I still have a pair of Drake F-60s from 1996 on an equally old board and I still take that set-up out for some fun days!!

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hmm, word. I was thinking that maybe the plastic would break before the metal would bend,, but perhaps not.

can you get interchangeable parts? like different stiffness backs and such?
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I've known people to take different bindings and combine them into monster bindings. Either from the same manufacturer (like a Drake Matrix base plate and Drake F-60 straps etc). Some binding parts from other manufacturers can fit as well.

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Do they just pirate used bindings or can you buy the pieces from whichever company? I haven't seen any listings for parts on anyone's site so far.
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I thought Burton were running a lifetime warrenty on broken baseplates anyway? Thats what the sticker says on the bottom of my Cartels.
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The plastic bases are all molded with a form of fiberglass or carbon fiber depending on the binding at this point so they are just as durable as the aluminum baseplates. That said, they still are not as stiff and responsive as an all aluminum binding like a Ride. Some people want that extra little flex for comfort, others like the immediate response of the aluminum. They both work and serve their purpose. In termms of sizing with burton boots the only brand I can think of that won't always fit is Ride, since they make their bindings a little more streamlined like their boots.
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Do they just pirate used bindings or can you buy the pieces from whichever company? I haven't seen any listings for parts on anyone's site so far.
Oh yeah, they are usually total salvage operations. That is the downside.

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sweet, thanks for the advice guys, I'll probably be picking up something tomorrow or thursday.
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