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Old 03-03-2008, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I've had these things out three times now, so I think I've got enough for a decent review at this point.

Day 1 - A - Basin after a couple inches of snow overnight.

This day was pretty discouraging all around. I accidentally picked a double black run for my first run on these bindings, and it didn't turn out too well. I tried some blues and blue/blacks after that to try to get used to them a bit more. They were a bit squirrelly at first compared to my Ride EX bindings, but I could immediately tell the response on them was way better. Just when I was really starting to feel it, I caught a huge rock that put a pretty nasty core shot into my deck, so after that I was pretty pissed off and decided to call it a day.

Day 2 - Vail on a somewhat warm day.

This was the day that made me fall in love with these bindings. Went straight back to Blue Sky Basin and pretty much did everything that part or the mountain has to offer. Bumps, Blacks, Trees, etc. I was super impressed with how well these bindings handled bumps in the trees. At first, I was actually turning too soon on my front side turns, which is kind of a good problem to have on steep bumps. Once I adjusted to that I was shredding this stuff like never before. I even hit a few back natural jumps and a couple small cliff drops and the landings were insanely easy and soft. I was also a little worried about the binding release on the ankle straps of these bindings, but it wasn't really a problem once I had them out on the mountain.

Day 3 - Breckenridge on another somewhat warm day

I pretty much picked up where I left off on the previous day at Vail and tore up some more tree runs and steep bump runs in the morning, and even took these bindings for a quick spin over some jumps in the terrain park on the way down at the end of the day. Mind you, I'm not really much of a freestyle guy, but I felt pretty comfortable hitting a couple kickers on these bindings. I wouldn't recommend them for a park rat kind of riding style, but if you're just going to hit a couple jumps on your way to the bottom of the mountain they're great. They also handle really well at speed, even when that god damn skier almost killed me by veering all the way across a catwalk that I was riding at about warp speed.

Overall, I'd say if you're looking for a good freeride binding that has really good response, I'd at least take a look at the SPi. I really want to try them out on a powder day to see how they handle, so hopefully I'll get lucky this week. If so, I'll add to this thread.
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just got the EX's. When REI put them both on sale, I debated getting the SPi's but after researching it, I felt the SPi's wouldn't be as forgiving as the EX. I'm not saying "forgiving" as a criticism, I'm a beginner and wanted to be able to make mistakes and not have the immediate reaction from the bindings. How long did you ride the EX's? Was the terrain park you hit near A-lift, going down to the Maggie? Thanks for the review.
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just got the EX's. When REI put them both on sale, I debated getting the SPi's but after researching it, I felt the SPi's wouldn't be as forgiving as the EX. I'm not saying "forgiving" as a criticism, I'm a beginner and wanted to be able to make mistakes and not have the immediate reaction from the bindings. How long did you ride the EX's? Was the terrain park you hit near A-lift, going down to the Maggie? Thanks for the review.
I rode the EX's for a couple seasons, and I think if you're a beginner they are a great binding to help push you over that beginner/intermediate hump. The little terrain park I hit was just downhill from the Mercury lift at Breckenridge. A few easy jumps and rails and what not for the park wusses like myself.
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I told you that you'd like em Are you from Colorado or were you here on a vacation? If you live here let me know if you ever hit Loveland, I'm there atleast 3 days a week...


You will love those bindings in powder
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I told you that you'd like em Are you from Colorado or were you here on a vacation? If you live here let me know if you ever hit Loveland, I'm there atleast 3 days a week...


You will love those bindings in powder
Yup, I live in CO. I've never ridden at Loveland because it's not part of the 5 mountain pass, but I hear it's a pretty cool place to ride. That, and it's a bit easier to get to and from than all those resorts in Summit County.
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Well if you want to check out Loveland let me know I usually only check out Keystone at night here and there, and Breck by accident once a year lol. Too busy for me. I think I'm meeting Neednsnow from this board at A-Basin sometime here in the next few weeks so maybe we'll meet you there that day. I'll pm you when I know what dates he's coming out for.
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Well if you want to check out Loveland let me know I usually only check out Keystone at night here and there, and Breck by accident once a year lol. Too busy for me. I think I'm meeting Neednsnow from this board at A-Basin sometime here in the next few weeks so maybe we'll meet you there that day. I'll pm you when I know what dates he's coming out for.
Breck is definitely pretty busy, but I spend a lot of time on that mountain because my girl's family owns a condo there right near the town gondola. I've got it to the point now on that mountain where the only line i have to stand in is the one at the base of peak 8 on my way up. After that, I can avoid the lines all day by sticking to the Falcon, Mercury, and C chairs on peak 9 and peak 10. The shitty thing, though, is when you want to get up to do the nice runs around Imperial on a powder day you have to deal with the huge line at that stupid two person chair 6. That one just irritates the hell out of me. Ride a two person chair to get up higher to a quad chair, that's just silly.
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Old 03-25-2008, 10:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Did you have any problems with the convertible TL toe strap slipping up onto the boot, or did it stay on the toe? Since it does not have a cup like shape to it, looks like it might not stay put.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:19 AM   #9 (permalink)
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i've never used it as a toe cap. i've always just put it over the top. i have heard/seen mixed reviews on using the toe strap as a cap strap, though.
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Old 03-26-2008, 07:22 AM   #10 (permalink)
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This one is designed to work both ways. I prefer over the tip of the boot because I can feel it keeping my heel to the rear. I ordered the SPI yesterday, to go with my Ride Concept TMS 159. I hope I made a good choice. Thanks again bro.

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i've never used it as a toe cap. i've always just put it over the top. i have heard/seen mixed reviews on using the toe strap as a cap strap, though.
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