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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer?
Highback/Strap 11 84.62%
Step in 0 0%
Flow 3 23.08%
Doesn't matter 0 0%
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Old 03-17-2007, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What type of bindings do you prefer?

I've always preferred the step-in bindings because it's just more convenient and standing up with the board attached was hard for me. I'm still a beginner/emerging-intermediate, though. From what I've heard, more experienced boarders tend to prefer the strap bindings because they give you much more control over your movements.

I rented a board with strap bindings today, which I'll use tomorrow. I'm boarding the best I ever have in my very short career, so I'll see if my mind changes about the whole thing after tomorrow (my friend said it probably will).

So what do you think, is the extra sensitivity the strap bindings provide worth the little bit of inconvenience?
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never tried step-in bindings. I did ask a few instructors as well as some people that work at various ski shops and the general consensus was that the step-ins allow you a lot less control, and if you ride hard, they won't last long. I'm actually not even sure if companies even make step-ins anymore. I know the K-2 Clicker, which was one of the more popular brands, got discontinued.

I'd have to say I prefer strap-in.
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Old 03-18-2007, 03:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Can't believe I'm the only one who likes flow <_<
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Can't believe I'm the only one who likes flow <_<
I've never tried the Flow ones either, but the general consensus from the instructors and shop people I asked said they didn't offer quite as much control as strap-in.

Right now I have some Drake strap-ins, and the next ones I'm getting will be Burton. I like the toe straps. I've heard very good things, and the reviews are all extremely positive.
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Old 03-19-2007, 06:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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When you say "toe straps" you're talking about like buying seperatly an additional third strap that will make sure your heel stays where it's supposed to be right? Not the standard strap that goes on top of the toes..?
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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When you say "toe straps" you're talking about like buying seperately an additional third strap that will make sure your heel stays where it's supposed to be right? Not the standard strap that goes on top of the toes..?
No, Burton makes their bindings with the bottom strap that straps right over your toes. Most other bindings the strap just goes over the top of your toes.

Regular binding:

With toe strap:


Upon further investigation, I have discovered this is called a "Cap Strap." All of the people I have talked to with this type of binding say it is extremely comfortable, and it really pulls your heel into your binding, and makes it feel as though the toe strap isn't even there. I want to try them.
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Old 03-19-2007, 09:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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So, I discovered that these Cap Straps can be bought separately and attached to virtually any binding! I just purchased some, and I will let you guys know how it works out. Every forum I looked at and all the reviews for these things were extremely positive, though, so I'm guessing I'll be happy with them.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Whoa lucky I asked :P Please do let us (or atleast me) know how that turns out
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Old 03-19-2007, 03:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Okay so yesterday was my first time trying with the strap bindings and I did notice it was a lot more comfortable.

After my first run I went to take my left foot out and the strap was locked in and I couldn't get out That only happened once, I must have done something wrong.

I think I prefer the strap ones
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Old 03-19-2007, 04:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Whoa lucky I asked :P Please do let us (or atleast me) know how that turns out
Yeah, definitely! They shipped and should be here Thursday, and we're going out this weekend.
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