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Old 04-19-2009, 11:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Burton Freestyle Bindings?

So, I learned to ride about 4 years ago on vacation, and fell in love. I have done a decent bit of riding since then, going at least once a month during winter months. I have always used Rental equipment because I could never justify spending 1000 dollars on snowboard equipment when I could just use the rental gear.
Well, the other day, I was checking some "deal of the day" sites I had jsut discovered, and ran across one selling a Ride Control '08 board for 120 dollars, and decided to buy it. having finally taken the plunge, I went over to Backcountry.com and ordered a pair of boots I had been eying for a little while that were almost 80% off, and then set about looking for bindings.
I ran across the Burton freestyle's on Back Country for only $27.49, which is an absolutely retardedly low price for snowboard bindings. Has anyone had any experience with these? if you have and don't recommend them, do you have another suggeestion, keeping in mind that budget is important for me right now.

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Old 04-19-2009, 11:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Meh. You get what you pay for. They are cheap so they may have durability issues. I'm always a fan of spending a bit more for something of higher quality, but honestly, if you are only going once a month, they may last you a while.
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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well, I havent purchased them yet, so if you have some other recommendation it would be much appreciated. the reason I asked here in the first place is because they were so incredibly cheap that I assumed something MUST be wrong with them
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Well, this is a good time for some amazing deals. 60% and more. There probably isn't anything wrong with them, they just aren't very expensive bindings. But like I said, if you don't board a lot, it may not be a problem.

The thing about cheaper bindings is that a break in the middle of a run can be a massive frustration. But there is no guarantee that they ever will break on you. I say go for it if they work for you.

Besides, if they were to break, you're only out $30 bucks. Not really a bank-breaker.
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hmm, good point. at 30 bucks, if they get through two sessions, I'd say they were just about worth the cost...
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Long story short, ANYTHING is better than a rental.
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haha, ain't that the truth...
While I have some attention on this thread, maybe you could answer one more question that i have been wondering for about a week...
Is the Board I bought any good? its the '08 Ride Control 155. I havent been able to find a real professional review, and I am always weary of consumer reviews on sites for entry level gear, because it's made for beginners, and they don't know the difference!
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i got my freestyles beginning of last season....
after 2 days out riding on it...i ditched it and got a union force.
the freestyles are too soft to my likings and they are NOT durable at all.
So flimsy after only 2 days out, i have cracks on the side of the heel cup near the screws.
note: i dotn even do parks or go running around banging up my new board.

but if u dont ride that much i suppose spending 30 bucks for a entry level binding that will probably last u 2 or 3 seasons is okay.
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haha, ain't that the truth...
While I have some attention on this thread, maybe you could answer one more question that i have been wondering for about a week...
Is the Board I bought any good? its the '08 Ride Control 155. I havent been able to find a real professional review, and I am always weary of consumer reviews on sites for entry level gear, because it's made for beginners, and they don't know the difference!
I've never ridden that board, but I do know that it is not a park board. So at least you are looking at appropriate gear for your style, which is more rare than you might think.
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I've never ridden that board, but I do know that it is not a park board. So at least you are looking at appropriate gear for your style, which is more rare than you might think.
lol thats true...

to the OP, i dunno about the Freestyles, i would just spend the dough for a quality setup, and if you really think about it, say you go 5 times a year, 4 years. 20 times at 30$ a pop. thats 600$ you spent on worthlessness. you could of had a full top of the line setup..
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