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Kanilas 04-16-2009 08:57 PM

Replacing my bindings?
 
Right now I have a pair of Liquid DLQ bindings with the paired boots.

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Just like any other boot, but with metal on the sole at the front, and a peg at the heel to click into the bindings. I'm wondering, with the sales going on right now, should I upgrade into a better binding? I bought this board as a set used, to learn on, so I've never actually ridden in anything else but these boots/bindings so I don't know how good/bad they are compared to the average. The mechanism to hold it in place works really well, no slipping of that at all, but I don't know how much the flex of the boot is hurting performance when I'm maneuvering, compared to strap bindings, since there's no straps to hold the boot down and in place.

I could angle-grind that peg off, or would new boots be better as well?

I just bought a Ride Antic Wide, which I'd mount these on. My riding style is all-mountain/freeride. I'll take the jumps, but no half-pipe. What should I look at that would be worth getting, in my budget range of < $100 size 13 boots, btw.

djay_1802 04-16-2009 09:53 PM

Im no expert, this is just my opinion....there is no better time to replace bindings than when buying a new board, and these bindings definately could use some updating. If you are looking into more freestyle, terrain park etc... personally , i would feel a lot more comfortable in a binding that straps over my toes. ha! if you do decide to upgrade, definately also upgrade the boots, those boots are not designed for strap bindings and you will end up replacing them anyway because you wont be comfortable, i dont think anyone will recommend modifying your boots.(throw them on eBay, or craigslist) when buying boots do not be stingy!!! get something that is snug and comfortable! as i said before, in the park, you want to be a part of your board, not attached to it Make sense? Comfort is key!!! lamar makes good, inexpensive bindings ($70+) and i am very happy with my sims boots, also about $70. hope i could help

Kanilas 04-16-2009 10:24 PM

From what I know Lamar isn't a great brand... I was looking a the Ride EX or LX, maybe the Burton Custom, Flow Flite 3, Rome Shift. Also considering the Burton mission?

Ride Snowboard Bindings Ride EX Snowboard Bindings
Burton Snowboard Bindings Burton Custom Snowboard Bindings
Flow Snowboard Bindings Flow Flite 3 Snowboard Bindings
Rome Snowboard Bindings Rome Shift Snowboard Bindings
Burton Snowboard Bindings Burton Mission Snowboard Bindings

Flick Montana 04-16-2009 11:13 PM

Boots for under $100 would be hard to find. I don't believe in skimping on boots. You should probably consider something closer to $150-200 for good boots. Even with great deals, it can be hard to find them cheaper.

This is coming from the guy who just spent $1.04 on his wife's new Burton Emeralds, though. If you look, you might be able to get something super cheap. Ridiculously cheap, even.

I ride pretty much your style and I have Rome Arsenal bindings and Vans Cirro boots. The bindings were around $100 when I got them, but the boots were $260.

One thing I would recommend is getting some strap ins. I thought step ins were convenient, but they don't offer the performance of strap ins for all mountain riding, in my opinion.

DC5R 04-17-2009 10:29 AM

You could probably bolt those bindings and use your current boots on your new board if you're really tight for cash, but I definitely do not recommend you start modifying your gear. Lamar/Liquid are entry level products, so IMO, go and get new boots and bindings for that new board. Flick's setup of Arsenals and Cirro would be a good choice for freeriding and they could be found for a good price online. Just try on the Cirro's first and see if you like them. Like everyone has already mentioned, the boots is one of your most important gear, so don't skimp here.

Kanilas 04-17-2009 12:11 PM

Thanks a lot to both of you, I think I'll head down to my local shop and try some on, then watch online this summer to see if I can catch a good deal.


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