Bend the mountain to your will.
- Re:Flex increases board flex and feel through a minimized baseplate that reduces weight and uses a hinged disc for increased responsiveness
- Tool-free adjustable Canted Living Hinge highbacks mirror your natural stance for better heelside power transfer
- FullBed baseplate padding and B3 Gel heel cushioning absorb impacts from flat landings or choppy snow
- Gettagrip Capstrap features sticky rubber to lock down your boot with less pressure
- Cushy Superstrap locks down your heels without cutting off circulation
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Buy old Cartels, not the Re:flex
This review is conducted on the premise of the Re:Flex system. The pre Re:Flex Cartels are amazing bindings. I was expecting a step up from them. Instead I got a colossal failure. There are several major flaws to this binding. The first is what "tastercakes" described. The baseplate do not turn perpendicular to the edges like other 4x4 baseplates. You can only mount them to shift from heel to toe, they are not able to be turned 90 degrees and shifted from nose to tail...so stance options are minimal. Also, the flex pattern is very odd. The front of the binding is very stiff because there is a strip of metal running running in front of the hinged baseplate, completely compromising the whole theory behind the Re:Flex system. However, on the heelside of the baseplate there is no metal rod, so on a toeside turn the heel of the binding will actually lift upwards of an inch off the board, making it about as useful as riding without a heel strap on a normal binding. Also, the gap created when doing a toeside turn creates the perfect gap for powder to get caked in there. On almost every pow run I'll get to the bottom and feel like i'm wearing high heels snowboarding, then have to take the time to dig out all the snow. The bottom line is: Burton took a perfectly good binding and destroyed it when they created the Re:Flex system. My advice, go on craigslist or ebay and buy some old Cartels with the solid baseplate and heel cup.
Love these! Perfect right out of the box. Notice Burton didn't change these much in 2012? That is because they got these right from the start.
Umm pretty sick just not for me
The theory is sick, I did enjoy the flex and the looks were rad. I hated the lack of stance options so I sent them back and used Union contacts which to me are an awesome binding. Plus you dont have to rock Burton! I thought I would give the Cartels a try and wasn't impressed especially with what else is available for less. But I will say that the build was great, they arent a bad binding just not for me.
When will a Medium size be available?
When will a Medium size be available?
It is not. It is all sold out in that size.
so Sold out means, not available until after the season?
I have last years SLX in size 11. With the...
I have last years SLX in size 11. With the shrinkage tech should I go with a medium? I feel like I can fit either and I would rather max out the medium that be on the small end of large.
You are correct on that, I would try the medium, it is supposed to fit. And you would max it out. The binding is amazing. You will be stoked on this for sure.
These are pretty good bindings. The pad underfoot feels softer than on the malavitas but is still responsive. The straps are great and the hole in the highback makes it easy to carry lol. Not sure these give me increased boardfeel or not. They are comfortable and feel great.
The only crappy thing about these is the lack of side to side adjustment on 4x2 boards. With the malavitas you can turn the plate sideways but with these obviously you can't. If you have an ics board though, it shouldn't matter.
Basically, with bindings, if I can crank them tight and not have to think about them all day then they are doing their job. I only notice bad bindings when the straps loosen or things break. So, with that in mind, I can safely say that these are great bindings.
So does the reflex give the binging more...
So does the reflex give the binging more flex? I know it seems like a stupid question but I thought the Cartel was supposed to be a medium stiffness binding and was wondering to what effect this is supposed to have on it. I'm looking for a binding for all mountain type of riding with only occasional park runs. Would this be good for me or should I steer towards the regular Cartels?
Do you have a burton board with channel? Cartel EST's will allow your board to flex more than the RE:Flex. The RE:Flex will allow your board to flex more than the non EST Cartels (regular cartels). The bindings themselves do not have more or less flex...it is the design of the bindings that will allow your board to have more or less flex.
The REflex allows the board to flex 70% more than any disk binding out there. This is a crazy difference of flex, the board feel and control are significantly increased. This means that the rider will have more fun riding. If you do have a Burton Channel board then yes the EST Cartel will flex even more.