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Old 09-16-2009, 10:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Both are 2010 models. Which do you guys prefer? the ride rx,spi or the union force? I am coming from 2002 drakes(higher end model). I want something that won't kill my ankles and put my feet to sleep. I like ride's wedgie footbed and their gel toe caps. How is their ankle strap comfortwise? I also like unions reputation, warranty, and comfort. But their toe cap looks funky.

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Old 09-16-2009, 10:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the 09 NRCs and love them. just ordered their aplha mvmnts to toss on my jib board
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the toe straps on the forces are one of the best i'd say. you can use em as regular toe straps or as cap straps around your toes. i use em as cap straps and i have no problems at all. in addition, they are super comfortable and i get no pressure points. i use l/xl with size 11 ions
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Old 09-17-2009, 05:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hands down Union over these two bindings. If it was the Ride Alpha's or Beta's then there'd be a dilema.
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BTW the SPI and Force are not even in the same catagory of bindings IMO...
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thanks for the replies so far. I just want to know how you like either of these bindings. The spi's are $240 and the force's are $200. thats close enough for them to be in the same category for me. The unions look a little more roomy and pillowy, where as the rides look like more of a grippy, tigheter binding. Has anyone tried or demoed rides new wedgie footbed technology?
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While I haven't ridden the new wedgie footbed, I have ridden last year's NRc's with the adjustable canted footbeds and it does make a difference in how wide your stance feels, and maybe helps slightly with ollie power. The gel toecaps are the best thing I've evern used also, I like them better than the rome targa/390 toecaps which on occasion have slipped up off my toe
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ya their webbed gel toe caps are a great innovation. The toe cap and footbed that ride offers is what is holding me back from scooping up a pair of unions.
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just picked up a pair of 390s. i rode the ride betas all last season and loved the feel, but the straps were tough to get in and out of.

we'll see how the 390s treat me. i hope they live up to the hype.
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just picked up a pair of 390s. i rode the ride betas all last season and loved the feel, but the straps were tough to get in and out of.

we'll see how the 390s treat me. i hope they live up to the hype.
You rode last year's beta's(08/09) or the year before(07/08)? There is a big difference between the two
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