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sup guys,

i scrolled through a couple pages back to see if i could find the answer but nothing specific to my question...so here it is:

how do you know which bindings you need? i understand there's some stiffer and some more flexible bindings but what does what? i've been riding for a while now. maybe 5 years, and just started doing the park a little bit this season and last. my bindings are 4 years old, i find nothing wrong with them, as long as they keep my feet strapped in and are comfortable i don't see an issue with them. but with wear and tear they will give out one season...just wanted the basic knowledge on differentiating bindings...i'd love to get some feedback and learn from you guys :)
 

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If you love your bindings, then look for this years model of it once yours wear out. As you progress in your riding and find deficiencies with your current ones AND you've run of things to adjust on your current ones, try to identify what you'd like to change (eg. more or less heelside response or more dampening) and search accordingly. Most companies will change just one thing, like a highback, and call it a new binding.

I would say generally you'd want your binding to be stiff/responsive enough to help you manipulate your board. For park riding you'd generally have a softer board and softer bindings for more wiggle room, while you'd want a stiffer binding for your freeride board.
 

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i guess i wasn't as good as i thought i was at boarding...haha i have absolutely no idea what i want from my bindings. they work just find for me. like i mean...i know what i want in my board (currently riding a 152 skate banana) but in terms of bindings...no clue.
 

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not worrying, just reading forums and how people can't decide between certain types of bindings. but like i said, i guess i'm not knowledgeable in that area...oh well. no worries!
 

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not worrying, just reading forums and how people can't decide between certain types of bindings. but like i said, i guess i'm not knowledgeable in that area...oh well. no worries!
I'm pretty new to boarding and my experience has only been with burton freestyle and union contacts. The unions i find have way more response (maybe cuz its on a trice board) but its really comfortable as well. I kinda feel like all these companies advertise the same thing.
 

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If there is noting wrong with your binding, then you don't need to switch it it :), but if you feel that your ability has outpaced your current binding, then it's time to get a new one. There are a lot of things to think about when buying a new binding, and you should make a mental list of what kind of features you want.


Stiffness? (you generally want to match the stiffness your board with the binding. if your board is medium stiff [right?]then you would want to get a medium stiff binding to go along with it [so you can to some park, some groomers and generally have fun all over the mountain.])

Customization options? (for the binding to really fit the boot,you may have to fiddle with the binding a lot, and a lot of simple, good tools for customization are optimal.)

Durability? (although paint scratches are merely cosmetic, major malfunctions on the binding are not only costly to replace, but dangerous

Canting? (a wedge that is put underneath your boot to make it more comfortable on your knees, among other things. Some people say if you don't have a wide stance it doesn't matter)

Other tech? (Such as descendable highbacks [for easy strapping in], mini disks on the bottom [for more board flexibility], and other thousands of things binding companies make to suck your money away).

Overall, just be happy with what binding you have, or get, and make sure the binding fits before buying!!!
 
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