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Hey guys and gals,

For the last 3 seasons I've been using a pair of 2010-2011 Burton Custom bindings, and they've been okay to me, they haven't cracked, shattered or spontaneously combusted. There've been some features that they lack, like canting for which I made my own duct tape canting wedges (they work, don't knock 'em before you try 'em), but now that I have a little more spending money on my hands, I was wondering whether there is any significant advantage in getting a higher end pair rather than an entry level. I've been eyeballing the 2014 390 Bosses to pair with my Blacklist.

For reference I'm an advanced intermediate (according to the forum you must be able to go down triple blacks in a handstand to be an expert) who's snowboarded for 8 years, 4 of them seriously.

So would an upgrade in binding have a noticeable effect on performance, or should I just stick with my cheapies?

Thanks,
glm
 

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I don't care what anyone else says on this one, you'll notice a difference. The comfort alone is worth it. Last season I went from some old Union Flites, to some 2013 390 Boss, and the difference was night and day.
 

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I don't care what anyone else says on this one, you'll notice a difference. The comfort alone is worth it. Last season I went from some old Union Flites, to some 2013 390 Boss, and the difference was night and day.
Broadly agree. I doubt that it will make much (if any) difference to your riding performance (the Customs actually are surprisingly good basic bindings), but comfort can definitely be improved, esp. with a nicer ankle strap (the 390 one is definitely cush).
 

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Thanks for the input. If they really are that comfortable, then I may have to give them a try :)
Have a great day
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Hey guys and gals,

For the last 3 seasons I've been using a pair of 2010-2011 Burton Custom bindings, and they've been okay to me, they haven't cracked, shattered or spontaneously combusted. There've been some features that they lack, like canting for which I made my own duct tape canting wedges (they work, don't knock 'em before you try 'em), but now that I have a little more spending money on my hands, I was wondering whether there is any significant advantage in getting a higher end pair rather than an entry level. I've been eyeballing the 2014 390 Bosses to pair with my Blacklist.

For reference I'm an advanced intermediate (according to the forum you must be able to go down triple blacks in a handstand to be an expert) who's snowboarded for 8 years, 4 of them seriously.

So would an upgrade in binding have a noticeable effect on performance, or should I just stick with my cheapies?

Thanks,
glm
I think you should upgrade, you sound like there is a little voice telling you it's time.

Consider genesis, apparently very comfy
 

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You can get 13 bindings for nothing right now. I bought a pair of Forum Shakas for $119 shipped. They will be a upgrade over my Republics. Which are similar to Burton's
 

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Hey guys and gals,

For the last 3 seasons I've been using a pair of 2010-2011 Burton Custom bindings, and they've been okay to me, they haven't cracked, shattered or spontaneously combusted. There've been some features that they lack, like canting for which I made my own duct tape canting wedges (they work, don't knock 'em before you try 'em), but now that I have a little more spending money on my hands, I was wondering whether there is any significant advantage in getting a higher end pair rather than an entry level. I've been eyeballing the 2014 390 Bosses to pair with my Blacklist.

For reference I'm an advanced intermediate (according to the forum you must be able to go down triple blacks in a handstand to be an expert) who's snowboarded for 8 years, 4 of them seriously.

So would an upgrade in binding have a noticeable effect on performance, or should I just stick with my cheapies?

Thanks,
glm

Check out the Malavita which has an AutoCant bed cushioning system. Super comfortable straps, has a heel hammock that'll lock you in and has a Canted Living Hinge hi-back which will maximize your control and comfort.
 

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Try them. I found Burton Malavita 12, Nitro Blackhawks both snug, comfy.

390 bosses were not comfy for me. They were solid though. Just not cush.

Burtons were the best. Nitros were responsive. And I have a set of K2 Uprghts that don't fit my boots but I like them.
 

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Hmmm... Very interesting. I want to end up with a pair that I really enjoy, so having more options is good. My local store stocks both Burton and Rome, so I'll have to give both a chance when it comes to being winter.

Thanks for all the replies!
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I'm pretty sure the Shakas are the same as Malavita?
they look different to me. The Malavita has a winged high-back. And the "flex rating" seems significantly different, with the Malavitas being more on the stiffer side; but then again those flex scales are different for each company.
 
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