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I always swore I would never be that guy to ask "What's the best binding?" but after going to 3 stores today and reading all of the reviews on here and everywhere - I spent less time deciding to get my house.

Been riding Burton Cartels and Customs and am sick of the rachet on the toe. I know no one complains about that much but I'm turned off now.

Looked today and really liked the flex on the base plate toe/heel and soft sides of Ride bindings (El Hefe for example). The Astro Glide straps were pretty nice too. After reading though I found a ton of people saying they hated the toe strap which is exactly what I'm trying to get away from - my toe being loose after 100 yards.

Then the K2 Company looked nice. Nice highback & straps.

However, I am really digging what I'm reading here on the Rome 390 Boss but I couldn't find any in a store today to hold and see for myself.

So Flow is out for a lot of reasons, Burton I'm walking away from, Union I really didn't like, and now I'm down to these 3 companies. With the Ride's it would most likely be the Revolts.

I'm an intermediate rider, Gnu 156cm Carbon Credit Board, 32 Lashed Boots size 7.5, 150lbs 5'6", 80% of the time I'll be doing all mountain and every glade I can find. So with the glades there's some level of freestyle but nothing like the park.

I'm favoring Rome unless you guys think very differently. Love to hear what you think.
 

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Just a personal experience from me, I own the revolts and used them last season got about 10 days in and the toe strap broke, I got a new one. But I wasn't to thrilled. Also the nuts and bolts seemed to always be coming loose.

Again, just my personal experience.
 

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I don't have a ton of experience, but I got one ride on my new K2 company's last season, and they were amazingly comfortable.
 

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Your aim seems a little off. You say El Hefe then Revolt then Company then 390. You've got a super stiff freeride binding, soft parky binding, Stiff all mountain binding, and an all arounder.

What are they going on and what do you want out of them?
 

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I had apair of el hefes, but sold them before i got to try them.
Really wish I had tried them out, they looked awesome.

I had a pair of 2011 LXs and loved them, traded them for 2013 burton freestyles plus $60.
Hated the freestyles, sold them for $80

Spent half last season trying to find a decent binding.

Ended up buying a Carbon Credit 56 with Ride EXs.
Lower end than most of the other ones I had tried.
They were pretty beat up, but I liked em.

Found a brand new pair of EXs for cheap.

I just bought a Never Summer summit 172 with Ride Revolts for $250.
Mostly to try the Revolts.

Also bought a Salomon Powder Snake 160 with Ride Capos for $275.

Haven't tried the Revolts or Capos yet but Ride seems to be my binder of choice lately



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Your aim seems a little off. You say El Hefe then Revolt then Company then 390. You've got a super stiff freeride binding, soft parky binding, Stiff all mountain binding, and an all arounder.

What are they going on and what do you want out of them?
You question helps a ton. Like my post says, I will be all mountain and bumpy glades almost all the time. Maybe every once in a while I'll go into the park. So if you're going in order I'm still down to the K2 vs 390s. By what you said though I'm liking the idea of the 390s. Thanks for pointing out all those specifics.
 

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I had apair of el hefes, but sold them before i got to try them.
Really wish I had tried them out, they looked awesome.

I had a pair of 2011 LXs and loved them, traded them for 2013 burton freestyles plus $60.
Hated the freestyles, sold them for $80

Spent half last season trying to find a decent binding.

Ended up buying a Carbon Credit 56 with Ride EXs.
Lower end than most of the other ones I had tried.
They were pretty beat up, but I liked em.

Found a brand new pair of EXs for cheap.

I just bought a Never Summer summit 172 with Ride Revolts for $250.
Mostly to try the Revolts.

Also bought a Salomon Powder Snake 160 with Ride Capos for $275.

Haven't tried the Revolts or Capos yet but Ride seems to be my binder of choice lately



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Never summer is a great board. I know this is off topic now but what do you think of the Gnu Carbon Credit. That will be my new board this year. The Gnu Metal Guru was a little over the top for me and all mountain so I'm going for the carbon credit. I'm in eastern MA so where I board most of the time gets icy so I'm really looking forward to the Magne Traction. I did find a Metal Guru on sale today though and the pop of it was great so I'm hoping the carbon will be comparable. Still, I will be all mountain so don't know if I need it but it was nice.
 

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Never summer is a great board. I know this is off topic now but what do you think of the Gnu Carbon Credit. That will be my new board this year. The Gnu Metal Guru was a little over the top for me and all mountain so I'm going for the carbon credit. I'm in eastern MA so where I board most of the time gets icy so I'm really looking forward to the Magne Traction. I did find a Metal Guru on sale today though and the pop of it was great so I'm hoping the carbon will be comparable. Still, I will be all mountain so don't know if I need it but it was nice.
I think it's a great board, the 56 is a little short for my liking.
So it was my spring park deck, had it been a bit bigger, it might have been my go to deck:dunno:

I have a Skate Banana too & the Carbon Credit crushes it in every way.

The EX's were great for what I wanted to do on the board, if it was bigger like a 62, I'd be taking it into the steep & deep. Then I'd prolly want a stiffer binding:unsure:

You'll like it, it's pretty hard not too:yahoo:


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Like the others, I have not tried nor own those other bindings, but I have 390's on my NS Cobra and they were great last season. All Mnt riding MT. Baker, Chrystal and then midwest short icy run hills. I like the amount of adj that can be made. No issues with rachets or straps. My 2c
 

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I've only heard good things about the K2 Company's, but I haven't had a chance to strap into a pair. I love my 390 Boss though, and for the style of riding you're talking about, I think they would be a good fit for you too.
 

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Thanks, you guys have been a huge help.
I was leaning toward the 390 Boss and this cinched it for me. If I don't like em at least I know the K2 are a good second option.

Thanks guys.
 

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I think it's a great board, the 56 is a little short for my liking.
So it was my spring park deck, had it been a bit bigger, it might have been my go to deck:dunno:

I have a Skate Banana too & the Carbon Credit crushes it in every way.

The EX's were great for what I wanted to do on the board, if it was bigger like a 62, I'd be taking it into the steep & deep. Then I'd prolly want a stiffer binding:unsure:

You'll like it, it's pretty hard not too:yahoo:


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Yeah, I was wondering that when I saw your board sizes jumped around a lot. That's exactly why I'm going with the 156. I've been riding a 152 for a couple of years so I'm doing exactly like you said so this will be my go to deck.
 

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Yeah, I was wondering that when I saw your board sizes jumped around a lot. That's exactly why I'm going with the 156. I've been riding a 152 for a couple of years so I'm doing exactly like you said so this will be my go to deck.
Another vote for the K2 Company. It has a unibody construction which makes it feel really solid, but that means you can't move the heel cup. However, you can easily center the boot with the offset bindings that come with the bindings.
 

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I have the 390 boss and Ride Capo. Like them both a lot because of the canted footbed and softer ankle straps. The capo has a torsionally stiffer highback. Rides wedgie foot bed feels softer under foot, but the Romes are still plenty soft. Romes ratchets are definitely better, but I have the first year Capo's and ride supposedly came out with much better ratchets (from what I hear) the fallowing year.

I use the 390 boss mostly because they are set up on my favorite board and the ankle strap feels better.
 

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Okay re-evaluated today. I had not used my Capo's since last year. Definitely would go with the 390 Boss's. The ratchets are rediculasly better and the ankle strap is way more comfortable..
 

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Okay re-evaluated today. I had not used my Capo's since last year. Definitely would go with the 390 Boss's. The ratchets are rediculasly better and the ankle strap is way more comfortable..
Forgot all about this post.
I did go with the 390s and put them on a Gnu carbon credit and I've been out about 4 times now and loving it. Yeah, the ankle strap and ratchets are very super easy and comfortable.
I just need more snow now - not much of a winter yet in New England.
 

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Been riding the Rome 390 Boss and the MOB Boss for about a full season now. I like Rome boards and the company is second to none in warranty issues. You need a part just email and two days later you've got parts, for two years! But that being said I can't say I'm totally thrilled with either of them. The MOB was SO much easier to setup. Really just drop on the board and go. Small amount of personal tweaks, straps, high back rotation, canting, and it's all good. The 390's on the other hand were a bit more intensive. Took me about three times up to my local mountain to dial em in. So if you're looking for good to go out of the box and you like Rome go with the MOB Boss. To date on my 390's I've has two broken straps, all the buckles failed, and some cosmetic chipping on the aluminum frame but who really cares about that it's a binding. Rome has replaced every part for free but between the long tweak and dial in time combined with the parts issues I'm so so on these. Honestly if they break down again I'm dropping my five seasons old Union Forces onto my all mountain rig.

Current setups are:
Lib-Tech TRS 162 with Rome 390 Boss -All Mountain Setup-
Rome Artifact Rocker with Rome MOB Boss -Park Setup-

I know you said you weren't thrilled with Union but I have to say if you're looking for the most hassle free, durable, and setup and forget binding on the market in my opinion is that the Union Force is one of the best. Yes they have their issues and the toe strap is the most common gripe. Really it just takes time to break in and if you set it up right from the start it's minimal break in time. I've had mine for five years and they happen to be on my beater board for a reason, because they can take anything I dish out at em. Good for both all mountain and park riding too. Yes the 390 Boss kill them on tweak ability and comfort due to the canting option. But the Union Force damn near BOMB PROOF. I swear they test these things with a sledge hammer before they released them. I've tried Burton, Rome, Ride, K2, Flow, and Raiden but I still think the Union Force is the better binding, simple in design, durable, set and forget from one board to the next. Mine are five seasons old and aside from cosmetic damage, and that's nothing really it's a binding, they are still fine. Before you cross union off your short list ask some people on here about the Union Force, most will say the same things I have about em. Good luck.
 

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While I am really liking the fit and performance of my company's, I'm not thrilled about the little pieces of plasti-chrome. They all started dulling immediately, and the one on my heelcup is starting to come off completely. Thankfully it's not yet caused my wife to dump me. :laugh:

 

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The chrome on my Company's is also getting dull. In fact, a lot of the chrome is chipping away completely, like paint usually does on metal. Still functions fine, it just doesn't look pretty.


While I am really liking the fit and performance of my company's, I'm not thrilled about the little pieces of plasti-chrome. They all started dulling immediately, and the one on my heelcup is starting to come off completely. Thankfully it's not yet caused my wife to dump me. :laugh:

 
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