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j.gnar 01-23-2014 03:02 PM

riding without highbacks
has anyone here ever done this? i know there are a few pros that do it, mainly for riding rails, and it seems to be gaining some popularity. i skate a LOT and i'm curious about trying it out this weekend. just looking for feedback, whether its positive or negative, and what your experience was if youve ridden without em

Redline 01-23-2014 03:11 PM

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What is this '95? If you like getting no response on your healside edge then yeah, its a great idea. Midas well run a baseless binding too while your at it.

Dcp584 01-23-2014 03:16 PM

Yea on the first rental board I ever rode 16yrs ago with those ridiculous clip in bindings. I don't see any point or benefit in riding without your highbacks.

tonicusa 01-23-2014 03:18 PM

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Just picked these up today!

speedjason 01-23-2014 03:34 PM

I guess boots nowadays are stiff enough you can ride without highback.
I know my F3.0 is plenty stiff.

Mystery2many 01-23-2014 03:39 PM

My Ride Rodeo bindings' highback is so soft it's almost like it's not there. I wouldn't recommend it for all mountain riding but I can see its purpose for park and street riding.

Redline 01-23-2014 03:41 PM

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To my eyes and taste those bindings look like complete garbage. As long as you're stoked. To each his own.

tonicusa 01-23-2014 03:44 PM

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They come with the regular highback too. Definitely not garbage, very well made. I have no idea how they ride yet.

Redline 01-23-2014 03:48 PM

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A buddy of mine had some Now bindings with a highback similar to that mid size one. You could almost twist the back completely around. They worked well for the way he likes to ride. They are entirely too soft for my style of riding. I'm not saying they are literally garbage, just far from ideal for my particular taste.

tonicusa 01-23-2014 03:57 PM

Yeah but you can't judge bindings that way anymore. I have the Burton Genesis and you can do the same thing to the highback but they are responsive. Same with the ridiculously flexy Flux RL. Some of these new composites are really responsive when free riding and seem flimsy like you say in person.

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