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Old 06-05-2009, 06:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

Im a 6 foot, 180 pound intermediate rider.

Im travelling to NZ and Japan in the coming year.
I will be heli-boarding, riding groomers, tree's, powder, off-piste and jumpin off shit

Im looking for a 1 board quiver killer.
Its gotta be a mid-wide - wide (size 12's).

What do you think of the 2010 Lib tech T.rice C2?
From what I've read it seems to be a 'do anything' board.
C2/BTX should help with float in the pow.

Thinking of pairing it up with some new bindings, the short-list has come down to: Union Force, Rome 390, Ride SPI and Raiden Blackhawk.
If you've ridden with any of these bindings share your opinion of them please. The Forces are looking the best so far as I know union are durable and comfy

For reference, last season I rode a 164 Ride Yukon with Union Data's but have since bought a 156.5 Capita Black Death to replace the Yukon as its too stiff and 'serious'. The Data's are going on the Capita as my 'go to' setup for local stuff.

Thanks guys!

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Old 06-05-2009, 07:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I should probably have said,

My other options in that price range are:

-09 Burton Custom X or Vapor with Cartels/Triads
-09 Never Summer Legacy-R
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i've ridden the rome 390s and they are super comfy. best straps ever. Maybe a little flexy for what you'll be doing. They are a little heavy though. I'd recommend the Targas for freeriding
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got '09 blackhawk at the season end, so tested only two or three times, but here is my thoughts (keep in mind - thats my second bindings and i'm quite a noob):
+as everyone said before me (check other treads where thoes are mentioned) they are solid.))
+very responsive;
+good strap construction (tie strap can be used in both way - to cover boot nose or just over the boot);
+seems light but feel very durable;
+great boot fit (on my Northwave Decade SL);

-i dont like gas pedal construction, the way to attach it on binding - it covers all the screws and i have to get it off (1 screw to go) to adjust my angles.. but may be thats the point when you're done and dont touch bindings often.

Well, for me (as a beginner) they've made a huge difference - gave much more comfort and control.
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Old 06-05-2009, 12:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If I remember correctly, the SPI's are a pretty stiff binding, so it may not be the best choice for jumping off stuff. The 390's may be too soft for heli-boarding/deep pow. IMO, the Forces or Targas would be a good compromise for everything you listed.
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Old 06-05-2009, 02:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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take the legacy and some formulas

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Old 06-05-2009, 04:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've never ridden them but targas will probably be better than noodley 390's for jumps and stuff.
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies guys.

I've decided to get the 2010 T.Rice 157 C2. The Never Summer is the same price but is last years model, so it was a pretty easy choice in that respect.

Still unsure about the bindings, leaning heavily towards the Forces though as I know they're bombproof and don't know much about other brands.
Better the devil you know?

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