|Topic Review (Newest First)|
|10-25-2012 01:52 AM|
Once, you are in and below the medium flex range for bindings I think it boils down to personal preference (why I said TT30, DS30 and the DMCC light should all work for you). There is only so much any piece of equipment is going to cover for bad technique.
A crappy rider is still going to be a crappy rider even if he is riding a $360 pair of DMCC lights that let him get away with a crappy, over rotated 180 in the mini-park.
My personal opinion... but I say go with a medium stiffness binding like your cartels or what I think the TT30 are... because it is better to figure out what you are doing wrong when you are messing around on a baby 10-ft jump and easy ride-on boxes (where a fall is really only going to bruise your ego), than when you try to hit a 35-ft step-down kicker (where the penalties are much harsher).
Too many times I see people look SUPER sketchy over bigger jumps but manage to pull it out like 4 out of 5 times... then the fifth comes and they eat $hit, but have no clue what they are doing wrong.
People who have been riding a long time know what I'm talking about... super stiff on the approach, a panic speed check on the ramp, usually taking off on an edge or a with a tiny bit of rotation, flailing in the air, often not even close to clearing the gap, and then landing in the flat on edge and immediately going to a heelside slide on the landing... they "survived" the landing because they had "forgiving" gear... but they are just a dice roll away from getting taken down the hill in a sled.
|10-25-2012 01:20 AM|
Originally Posted by lonerider View Post
Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
So would you say a softer flex would be better for some one learning to progress more in freestyle as it will be more forgiving?
|10-24-2012 04:00 PM|
Now let's take a step back... I think the TT30, DS30 and the DMCC light would all be good choices for the Westmark.
The caveat being that I have not personally ridden those bindings or even the Westmark. I have ridden the Neversummer Evo, to which the Westmark is compared to a lot, so I think I have a decent idea of what kind of board it is.
I just want to answer your question about what a soft binding would feel like. It is a simple fact that it is not as good at riding groomers... however based on your riding style and your personal preference... you might not find the difference that important.
Take this guy in the following video, he is not really using his highbacks and just mellow riding down some mellow groomers. If you ride like that... then you definitely won't notice softer highback (you might notice the softer baseplate though)
On the flipside... if you ride more like this... then you will probably want to use your highbacks. I hope this post helped you understand what I'm talking about.
|10-24-2012 03:19 PM|
|61ragtop||I don't really rely on my high back and run the one on my cartels at zero foreword lean so maybe the softer ds30 will be ok? I am considering the tt30, ds30 and possibly the dmcc light for the westmark. Decisions decisions!!|
|10-24-2012 03:08 PM|
Originally Posted by lonerider View Post
But that's an easy habit to pick up (call it good or bad), with the number of uber-stiff boots and forward-leaning highbacks on today's market. I'm personally glad to see the trend shifting away from that, back to softer boots and softer highbacks.
If you lift your toe-edge up by pressing your calf into your highback - then yes, I could see how a softer highback could be perceived to give you less edge-to-edge response. But for you lifelong skateboarders who ride more like a skateboard, letting your ankles actuate your board, and actually carving, you might appreciate a softer highback as a no-loss approach to getting that thing out of your way when jibbing around the park and trails.
Personally, I'd rather move the board around with my feet, that are directly connected to the riding surface - it's intuitive and much more direct than calves-against-highbacks-attached-to-bindings-via-highback-adjuster-lifts-toe-edge in my opinion. But everyone has different riding styles.
|10-23-2012 09:45 PM|
I have ridden EST Cartels... more board flex as they are essentially baseless (well close enough for me). Toe to heel response was decent.
|10-23-2012 09:03 PM|
|61ragtop||When you say carving groomers will suffer, are you talking about a softer edge to edge feel or the lateral stiffness? Cause I think the edge to edge or response should be similar but have a softer lateral feel due to having better natural board flex.|
|10-23-2012 07:36 PM|
The drawback is that your carving on groomers is going to suffer. Of course if you never carved on groomers in the first place and mainly just skidded around, then you might not notice a difference.
I have a pair of old (2009? 2010) Rome 390s and there were fun in the park... but too soft for freeriding (same for the Burtom P1s I had). I got a pair of 2011 Rome 390 Bosses and they were a bit stiff and acceptable for freeriding. I prefer stiffer bindings in general (Burton CO2 and C60) as I've found that they minimally affect my jibbing... but really make a difference when riding groomers and steeps.
|10-23-2012 06:31 PM|
Binding stiffness effect on riding
I am wanting to get some new bindings for my westmark. How will a softer binding effect the feel of riding?
I have cartels and don't mind them but was thinking of going to a softer binding like the DS30. How will this effect feel and or performance. I expect the heel to toe flex to be similar on these but the lateral to be softer allowing for easier tweaking, butters, and presses? But outside of that how will general riding feel?
Mainly ride all mountain freestyle and plan to get into parks too.