So i have this years T-Rice in a 161.5cm. I will be using this board mostly for freeriding, maybe some freestyle but i do have a dedicated park board so i wont be bringing this thing to the park. I just wanna do alot of speed runs
The board is relatively stiff, Lib tech rates it a 7.5 out of 10, and my boots are K2 Thraxis and they to are relatively stiff K2 says 4 out of 5.
So the most important thing to me in choosing a binding is that it preforms the best and is the most comfortable, most of these bindings are within the same price range so the difference between them is not significant to me.
First up is the Union Data
I have heard great things about all unions bindings and apparently the data has one of the more stiffer highbacks and i also heard its the most comfortable in the union line.
Union Force SL
The lightness of this binding is a good perk but not that important to me, only reason i choose to include this one is the fact that i heard that this years Force SL is supposed to be a freeride oriented binding compared to previous years where it was a more soft binding. How does this one compare to the Data in stiffness and in comfortably?
i have heard alot of bad things about ride bindings recently, mostly about how there ratchets suck. Can anyone comment on this ? With that being said the only reason i am considering ride bindings is because there canted footbeds. Last year towards the end of the season(i go about 30-40 days a season) My knees hurt real bad and clicked sometimes when i would step for about 2 months and then the clicking and pain went away.
Now i don't know if the canted foot beds are a gimmick thing or if other binding company's already do this but they just don't advertise it. But it seems to make sense and i would hope it could rid me of knee pain for the season. If there was a way to get a canted bed that worked good on the unions i would prob not consider the rides
Last Years Ride CAD's
The only reason i choose these is because of the adjustable canted foodbed. I have heard that the CADs are rides stiffest binding. I want a stiff binding for freeriding but incase i decide to do some freestyle on the board i don't want this binding to be too stiff. I would assume this is also the stiffest binding i have listed here, with that being said how comfy is it compared to some of the others i have listed?
thanks for any input you can provide