I purchased a 2011-2012 NS SL and some Burton Cartel bindings to replace my Burton Clash board and Burton Custom bindings which I sold to my bro-in-law. I was wondering what type of changes I might see riding this upcoming season? I'm assuming turn initiations will be much sharper and quicker as the bindings are much stiffer. Also, I'm guessing there will be a little more speed with the NS over the clash because it's a sintered vs. extruded base. Any other big differences?
I'm on the east coast riding groomers and it's usually pretty hard packed ice. Will the NS do well in these types of conditions?
1. looks like the Clash was continuous rocker while your NS will have the camber zones outside of your feet. Just make sure those camber zones dont catch, as they will be slightly more prone to do than the continuous rocker.
2. NS's sidecut is a patented tech that does very well on ice called Vario Grip.
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will the stiffer bindings initiate turns easier and can I expect the sintered base to be a little quicker down the hill than the extruded base?
Frankly, the difference will probably be barely noticeable. Specifically:
Stiffer binding (and board) will be a bit more responsive, but things like your boots, stance, binding adjustments, etc. will have a much bigger effect.
Sintered base will accelerate slightly quicker but an extruded base is rarely a 'speed limiter' unless you are in very flat conditions and realy struggling to move at all. Again, other factors like riding technique matter a lot more - and if you don't wax a sintered base frequently it might actually be slower.