Bindings for me: your recommendations
I've recently gotten into snowboarding and I'm putting together my first setup. My skills are progressing pretty rapidly and I can't wait to get back to Alyeska for a March trip.
I am 5'9", 195 (and going down). I'm an all-mountain/freeride guy, won't be spending much time in the park.
I have 08 K2 T1 boots, size 10. My Arbor Element 161 is on the way from Sierra (love that 50% off/free shipping deal).
It seems clear to me both for personal preference and riding style reasons I'm going to want a pretty stiff binding. I'm thinking Burton Cartels or CO2 is in the general constellation of what I'm looking for. Other bindings that should be on my radar?
Also, people with size input I'd love to hear it. Size 10 seems to be a grey area in a lot of manufacturer's sizing schemes (I'm looking at you, Burton) and I can't go slapping my boots in every model you all recommend.