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Old 02-18-2009, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hope u guys can help.. i can't to decide which to get..
These will be my very 1st set...
I've ridden on my friend's rome board w/ old model beta (yellow ones) and they are comfortable and i even tried to do my 1st jumps on them and they land nicely (not sure if the board or bindings setup help much)..
on the other hand.. it seems like alot of others would vouch for Union but i have not had 1st hand experience on them... has any1 ridden on them both before?

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Old 02-18-2009, 10:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you are talking about this year's beta's. I love mine and can take them all over the mtn. The webbed toecaps are the best design ever
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Either binding should be great. I vote for the Forces
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It come's down to stiffness. The Ride Beta's are considerably stiffer than the Force. I personally don't like my binding to be that stiff because I ride a lot more park than all mountain. But if you're looking for a responsive all mountain freestyle binding go with the Beta.
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If you are talking about this year's beta's. I love mine and can take them all over the mtn. The webbed toecaps are the best design ever
thanks all for the responses..
welll i was lo0king at the 08 model.. is webbed rubber toecaps the only difference btween 08 and 09? not sure if thats worth paying $40 more...? 08=$125.. 09= $165

i'll be ridin park mostly since this is my 1st season..

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Old 02-19-2009, 09:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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hmm ..lo0king at sierra, the Force is $100 ..
altho the Force lo0k heavier than Beta and doesnt have the color i want...
btw does the Force have convertible like the beta? i like to be in front rather than on top of the foot..

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thanks all for the responses..
welll i was lo0king at the 08 model.. is webbed rubber toecaps the only difference btween 08 and 09? not sure if thats worth paying $40 more...? 08=$125.. 09= $165

i'll be ridin park mostly since this is my 1st season..
The ratchets are the major difference between 08 and 09. The 09 ratchets are significantly improved and worth the money IMO.
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The Force's do have a convertible strap but from someone who's ridden both Rides Convertible and now has the Unions, the Ride's is much better unless you have a square toebox or get the Unions just right. That said I love my Data's which are a tad stiffer than the Force's and give them a definite 2 thumbs up
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I like the Union toe straps better than the gel Beta's. Last years Beta toe straps were more comprable to those on the 390. The Force are actually a little lighter than the Beta with the Force weighing 2 lbs 2.8 oz and the Beta weighing 2 lbs and 3.2 oz.
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If you go with Ride bindings, you def want the new ratchets and the webbed toestrap.
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