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Old 10-20-2009, 12:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so I'm usually one of the people helping give advice but I haven't yet had the chance to get my hands on a set of these even in the store. I was curious what other people who have had a chance to ride these think of them. To give you an idea of what I'm riding and what i'm looking for, I am currently riding a Rome Flag 168 w/Union Data's. I also have a set of Raiden Phantom Eero's and Ride SPi's from a couple of years back. I've ridden or played with most of the bindings out there over the last couple of years so I have a pretty good grasp of what I like.

What i'm curious about is the flex of the binding. Is it closer to an SPi or one of their MVMT series bindings? How functional is the custom balance footbed? Is this similar to what Forum has out with the Shaka binding? What's the weight like? How wide is the base? I ask because I know with my SPi's I always had issues with certain boot companies fitting properly...

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I have the '09 NRC's which I reviewed and there is also at least one other review on the site. I am basically sold on Ride bindings from here on out. The footbeds are awesome, the straps amazingly comfortable and secure, they are slightly on the heavy side though. I believe Ride calls them an all mtn freestlye type of binding but I think they tend more towards the SPI//CAD level of stiffness. If you really want something with more flex go for the MVMT series (which are also lighter). Bottomline is wedgie footbeds and their straps are too good to pass up, no matter the binding.

I use Salmon F22's and found the fit to be perfect, total control but felt like I was not even strapped in, no pressure points at all.
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have the 09 NRC's and I like them a lot. The canted footbeds are the real deal, they help with knee angles and overall comfort. As far as the flex, the highbacks are inbetween the MVMT highbacks and the SPi/CAD highbacks. The ankle strap feels ~the same as an 09 Delta strap in terms of stiffness, but the '10 has a new ankle strap which I can't comment on. They are a bit heavy, and if I were purchasing new gear this year, I would opt for the SPi's or Delta's instead depending on if you are leaning freeride/freestyle, which are lighter bindings with the wedgie footbeds. Pretty the NRc is the most adjustable of the freestyle orientated all mountain Ride bindings. I would put them into the category as the Rome Targas which I've also had previously.
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I have the 09 NRC's and I like them a lot. The canted footbeds are the real deal, they help with knee angles and overall comfort. As far as the flex, the highbacks are inbetween the MVMT highbacks and the SPi/CAD highbacks. The ankle strap feels ~the same as an 09 Delta strap in terms of stiffness, but the '10 has a new ankle strap which I can't comment on. They are a bit heavy, and if I were purchasing new gear this year, I would opt for the SPi's or Delta's instead depending on if you are leaning freeride/freestyle, which are lighter bindings with the wedgie footbeds. Pretty the NRc is the most adjustable of the freestyle orientated all mountain Ride bindings. I would put them into the category as the Rome Targas which I've also had previously.
First off thanks to both of you for your input. I'm gonna have to see if I can get my hands on a pair at some point this season and give em a couple of runs. I loved my SPi's but after riding them a couple of years my knees and back were starting to pay the price from the overall stiffness. Redlude, your assessment that they're similar to the Targas is about what I was expecting to hear. I'm not concerned with the weight as I weigh a huge amount so an extra couple of ounces isn't going to make a shit of difference! I was very close to picking up the Targas when I got the Data's but I felt like they were too similar to SPi's at the time and wanted something a tad bit softer but not as soft as the MVMNT series was when I demoed which is why I went with the Union's. I love the unions and may also go the Force MC route but after dealing with the PITA of the Union cap strap and it sliding off the toe on a regular basis I'm leaning to going back to Ride
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If you are not concerned about weight and want the best toe strap go with the NRC. That toe strap is ridiculous, I was skeptical of it at first but that rubbery material is so damn grippy without applying any pressure or being to stiff.
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First off thanks to both of you for your input. I'm gonna have to see if I can get my hands on a pair at some point this season and give em a couple of runs. I loved my SPi's but after riding them a couple of years my knees and back were starting to pay the price from the overall stiffness. Redlude, your assessment that they're similar to the Targas is about what I was expecting to hear. I'm not concerned with the weight as I weigh a huge amount so an extra couple of ounces isn't going to make a shit of difference! I was very close to picking up the Targas when I got the Data's but I felt like they were too similar to SPi's at the time and wanted something a tad bit softer but not as soft as the MVMNT series was when I demoed which is why I went with the Union's. I love the unions and may also go the Force MC route but after dealing with the PITA of the Union cap strap and it sliding off the toe on a regular basis I'm leaning to going back to Ride
The NRC footbed is super thick, and combined with the "suspension" system they use they provide a lot of cushion. If you only issue with the SPi was stiffness, then the NRC's or CADs would be a great choice
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The NRC footbed is super thick, and combined with the "suspension" system they use they provide a lot of cushion. If you only issue with the SPi was stiffness, then the NRC's or CADs would be a great choice
So the SPi is actually stiffer than both of those? Which one is stiffer b/w those 2?
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The CAD is the stiffer of the two.
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So the SPi is actually stiffer than both of those? Which one is stiffer b/w those 2?
stiffness used in this context was referring to the relative dampening ability of the bindings since he was saying that the SPi's stiffness led to knee and back issues. The cushioning of the NRC/CAD style footbed is much thicker than the SPi's, that is what I meant. In terms of "responsiveness", the CAD has a slightly stiffer highback, and both use the same ankle straps, so the difference between the two shouldn't be huge
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stiffness used in this context was referring to the relative dampening ability of the bindings since he was saying that the SPi's stiffness led to knee and back issues. The cushioning of the NRC/CAD style footbed is much thicker than the SPi's, that is what I meant. In terms of "responsiveness", the CAD has a slightly stiffer highback, and both use the same ankle straps, so the difference between the two shouldn't be huge
Sorry I did not realize that. I agree though, SPI=more responsive while NRC and CAD are more forgiving with CAD being slightly more responsive. In my experience the thick footbed does not really take away from performance but makes the ride super cush, supportive and comfortable.
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