Looking to upgrade my kit, likely piece by piece over the next few months and would love some input from you lot. Little bit of info about me and my riding style:
Riding for: roughly 12 years
Riding style: Freeride mostly (90% of our time is spend chucking ourselves around in the trees)
Weight: 160-165 lbs
Boot size: 11
First and foremost I need to replace my bindings, I've got some early generation low-end flows, and while there certainly are things I like about them, they are heavy, uncomfortable and too stiff. I could certainly do flow's again, but am looking at the higher models in the hopes that these problems are solved. I like a relatively stiff binding, but don't want to feel trapped - I would also like something lighter (given the current weight of these things, that probably won't be an issue). Some bindings I've been curious about are:
Flow NXT FX
Flow NXT AT
the above two Burtons look remarkably similar, I checked out a pair of CO2's and liked what I saw.
Durability is also another factor, I tend to ride my gear until it dies (you do NOT want to see the base of my current board) so if I'm blowing $300-$400 on bindings, I want them to last.
I've done considerably less research on boards at this point (that upgrade will come later) but am looking out for high(er) end freeride/allmountain models from respectable manufacturers. Some that piqued my interest are:
Nitro: Template Pantera Pantera LX Pantera RS
Never Summer: Titan Heritage
Any insight or suggestions you guys could provide would be great,