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01-02-2013 05:40 PM
lonerider
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Originally Posted by jdang307 View Post
That's exactly what I now think. I kept reading they were on the soft side of medium.

If I can adjust to them then I may keep them around for my cobra. At first I thought they might be underpowered but don't think that anymore.
Like you, I found my 2011 390 BOSS to be surprisingly responsive (compared to my 2008 or 2009 regular 390s). They were in a pretty good mid-flex range and I had them on my NS SL 155.

I had toestrap/bootfit issues (my boot kept ending up on to of the outer ridge of the binding... I tried a lot of configurations) and so I switched them for a pair Burton CO2s (they fit my boots a lot better).
01-02-2013 05:34 PM
jdang307
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Originally Posted by Triple8Sol View Post
I never noticed them being soft, which is why I'm not sure why people recommend them for a park binding (besides pipe). The ankle straps on some years were pretty soft, but I never found any slop in the chassis or highback. I've pretty much always recommended them as an all mountain medium flex binding.
That's exactly what I now think. I kept reading they were on the soft side of medium.

If I can adjust to them then I may keep them around for my cobra. At first I thought they might be underpowered but don't think that anymore.
01-02-2013 05:21 PM
Triple8Sol I never noticed them being soft, which is why I'm not sure why people recommend them for a park binding (besides pipe). The ankle straps on some years were pretty soft, but I never found any slop in the chassis or highback. I've pretty much always recommended them as an all mountain medium flex binding.
01-02-2013 05:17 PM
jdang307
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Originally Posted by goalieman24 View Post
Is this a comparison of those other 2 bindings last year to the 390's this year? Have you used the Malavitas/Blackhawks this year to have a legitimate comparison?
Just basing this off of your "dUE to my age" comment, but flexibility/strength may have changed from the end of last year to now.
No, and that's why I was asking to see if I was crazy. Due to my age I'm 35, so I'm not a senior citizen Just don't want to break my back on a hand rail or big jump, but am still relatively athletic etc.
01-02-2013 03:23 PM
goalieman24 Is this a comparison of those other 2 bindings last year to the 390's this year? Have you used the Malavitas/Blackhawks this year to have a legitimate comparison?
Just basing this off of your "dUE to my age" comment, but flexibility/strength may have changed from the end of last year to now.
01-02-2013 03:05 PM
jdang307
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Originally Posted by goalieman24 View Post
If there's no forward lean, it sounds more like a flexibility or strength issue to me. You should be able to bend your knees without your board rotating... even if your feet were attached by cement blocks.
No problemos with the Vitas and Blackhawks, which is where I thought the 390 would fit in between, response wise.

I can bend my knees ever so slightly, but not to the level I could with the other bindings
01-02-2013 03:02 PM
grafta
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Originally Posted by goalieman24 View Post
If there's no forward lean, it sounds more like a flexibility or strength issue to me. You should be able to bend your knees without your board rotating... even if your feet were attached by cement blocks.
You could potentially get a nice custom fit with concrete blocks instead of bindings/boots combo
01-02-2013 02:58 PM
goalieman24
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Originally Posted by jdang307 View Post
I have tried not to ratchet down the strap but as soon as it's snug I can feel the response. I notice it the most when setting up for a jump (I only do small jumps do to my age ). I had no problems last year getting into an athletic stance, bending my knees. I do this to balance myself and force the board flat. Vita, Uprise and Blackhawk no problem. When I do this on my 390 boss and westmark it goes onto the toe edge. It's weird. I literally cannot bend my knees without the edge engaging.

Is it just something I need to work on? Break the binding in?
If there's no forward lean, it sounds more like a flexibility or strength issue to me. You should be able to bend your knees without your board rotating... even if your feet were attached by cement blocks.
01-02-2013 02:10 PM
jdang307 Oh by the way, did not have toe strap issues. It slipped once my first day, but that's because I was still figuring out the right position. But now it's rock solid on the 32 lashed.

One issue is that the lashed are so wide they barely fit into the binding, same thing with my Uprises. No problems on the medium malavita though or blackhawks.
01-02-2013 02:00 PM
jdang307 No forward lean, I can see the gap between my boot and the highback.

If I don't plan on any park features I'll usually up the forward lean a tad. But if I plan to hit any jumps I usually drop it all the way back.

grafta, same boots here (32 lashed). I'll give it a few more days (Tahoe and Mammoth hopefully).

But if this holds up, looks like I like a softer binding in general.
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