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hey guys, i'm finally buying some gear (after renting for the last 7) and bought a 153 lib tech t rice and 32 lashed boots (size 8.5). I mainly ride groomers, want to start going off piste a bit more and enjoy powder runs when i get to japan :) i love bombing down and no park stuff as yet.

I just can't decide on the bindings! Its down to 3 choices:

Ride capo 2013 ($215) are all aluminium chassis which means stronger and stiffer? Downside is that supposedly it creates dead spots in the board compared to plastic? The he 2013 models have smaller baseplates however and they are supposedly flexy. Ive been trawling thru these forums and some people had complaints with ride capo's ratchet design saying that they had problems with grip and it chewing teeth. Hoping this is fixed on the 2013's as they feature the new binding. I really like the idea of the wedgie 2.5 canted footbeds as my knees are effed. Im just concerned these might be TOO stiff...not sure if thats what i want for my board and my style of riding. (1 year warranty and unlimited on baseplate and heelcup)

Burton cartels 2013 ($183). Everyone seems to rave about this binding and it only has only positive reviews..i just dont know how well there "autocant" system works and think it might be a bit gimmicky! Do they save ur knees like the capo wedgie footbeds? (1 year warranty)

Rome 390 boss ($173). Again everyone raves about this binding. Its medium flex but i wonder if too soft for my setup/riding style? canted footbeds like the ride capo's. (2 year warranty)

They are seem to have pretty much equivalent tech and rate highly. I just cant decide which is best for my money, my knees and my setup/ride style.

Any advice to help me narrow it down and pick one would be greatly appreciated. CHEERS! :yahoo:
 

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Based on your described riding style I would say either the 390 Boss or the Cartel. The Capo will be overkill for you. I can't speak on the Autocant system as I have never used it, but I can say that the Yes I Cant on the Rome's is amazing. My knees would hurt after a ong day of shredding in my Union Flites, but in my 390 Boss there is zero soreness in them at the end of the day. Canting works. It made a believer out of me.
 

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The Cartel's are a "safe" choice since they are definitely good. I may be a little biased toward burton but I think you will be much happier if you go with either of the other two choices. And may take a look at the Union bindings. I just bought a pair and can't say enough good things about them.

I rode the Ride Maestro's and they felt pretty good, granted they were a little snug for my boots but even with the footbeds my Union SL's felt much more comfortable and flexible.
 

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according to "the good ride" mob boss is more stiff and responsive than the 390 boss but according to reviews and everyone on here its more of a park binding?
I don't think the 390 is stiff enough for a trice. I'd go with ride capo from that list.
 

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I don't think the 390 is stiff enough for a trice. I'd go with ride capo from that list.
you personally or you think i should? im an intermediate rider whos just starting to get into jumps...supposedly a slightly flexier binding could be more forgiving on the lands?
 

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according to "the good ride" mob boss is more stiff and responsive than the 390 boss but according to reviews and everyone on here its more of a park binding?
Umh... Another one, they say raiden zeros are stiffer than phantoms too.... Which is not true
 

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you personally or you think i should? im an intermediate rider whos just starting to get into jumps...supposedly a slightly flexier binding could be more forgiving on the lands?
In your OP you say more big mountain stuff. You need a stiffer binding for that, and you need a stiffer binding for the trice. Given those two I think you should get the capo.

For park get a different setup. That's not the right board.
 

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Check out Rome Targas. It has different settings to make ur bindings med flex to super stiff flex. Snowolf did a review in the bindings review section. I'm on my iPhone or I would post the link. Also, evo.com has them on sale for $187. But I haven't checked anywhere else for better deals.
With the riding style ur doing, get stiffer bindings. Canted beds has great reviews alone

Based on your described riding style I would say either the 390 Boss or the Cartel. The Capo will be overkill for you. I can't speak on the Autocant system as I have never used it, but I can say that the Yes I Cant on the Rome's is amazing. My knees would hurt after a ong day of shredding in my Union Flites, but in my 390 Boss there is zero soreness in them at the end of the day. Canting works. It made a believer out of me.
What degree of angle u running on ur canted bed?
 

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IS3, I use the full 3.5 degree. The 2 degree was alright, but the 3.5 just felt better to me. OP, the Targas are a solid choice from everything I have heard. They were what I was going to buy before I got my 390 Boss. I might still buy a pair if I catch them for the right price.
 

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I have used 390 boss, cartels, and force on my 153 t rice.

Force was too stiff for my liking. cartels were definitely flexible on the t rice. I found the 390s is the happy medium. Hope this helps.
 

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Fwiw, I have 390 bosses on a riders choice which is a flexier board than a t rice. Good fit. I have it on 2 deg canting.
 

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checkin out the maestro..they might be a good choice ahead of the capo if i want something a little more forgiving but still stiffer. I wish all the brands used the same flex rating system. id really like to know how maestros compare to cartels compared to rome targa. I think id shy away from the cartels just cos of the auto cant system vs real canting. however how to know which binding from rome/ride match in flex
 

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checkin out the maestro..they might be a good choice ahead of the capo if i want something a little more forgiving but still stiffer. I wish all the brands used the same flex rating system. id really like to know how maestros compare to cartels compared to rome targa. I think id shy away from the cartels just cos of the auto cant system vs real canting. however how to know which binding from rome/ride match in flex
Lots of good suggestions on here. Only way for you to actually decide is to get some and try them out. If you don't like them sell them before you put too much wear on them. As far as the stiffness goes, you need to figure it out. Just because I prefer stiff baseplate doesn't mean you will. Your really just going to need to pick one and see how it goes unless you can find a place to demo them. Not the answer you're looking for but it's the truth.
 

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Lots of good suggestions on here. Only way for you to actually decide is to get some and try them out. If you don't like them sell them before you put too much wear on them. As far as the stiffness goes, you need to figure it out. Just because I prefer stiff baseplate doesn't mean you will. Your really just going to need to pick one and see how it goes unless you can find a place to demo them. Not the answer you're looking for but it's the truth.
yeh thats probably true. although im in aus and in queensland (googles maps that shit) so bottom line...no snow and no market for second hand bindings lol i just gotta try to make the best guess without trying it and hope i get something i like :)
 
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