New bindings for a fat guy: Please recommend
Hi guys. I'm looking for a new pair of bindings and could use advice.
There's the life I want and the life I have, so I'm making the most of it. I'm an intermediate rider who rides about 10 days per year (if I'm lucky), almost exclusively groomers (cruising and carving on trails), no park, little powder. Stats: 5',10", 250lbs, 11.5 boots, 09 Gnu Rider's Choice Wide 164 (I still like to ride my 98 Burton Canyon 168 too). I've been riding on some cheap Ride EX bindings for about 5 years. They do alright, but they are falling apart and feel too soft and unstable under my weight at high speed, and I can feel them twisting when I turn hard. Also, I'm pretty front heavy with a big fat belly, so standing up forward after strapping in is nearly impossible off the ground (I can't cantilever the weight over my feet enough to stand, dimensionally challenged). Lastly, while I am complaining about myself, my toes go really numb after a short while from being strapped in from the pressure points over to top of my foot from the front binding. Because of this, I am thinking of either bindings with a toe cup and/or bindings with connected top-bottom straps like the Flows, and also thinking of Flows because of difficulty standing up after strapping in. I just hear so much badmouthing of Flows and how they fall apart. I expect under my weight they might not last long.
So, what bindings should I look at: stiff, well padded, connected straps or toe cup? Any advice is appreciated.