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Gear Review

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Last winter I cracked the highback on one of my old Drake Supersports and had to replace them. I ended up going with the Cartel and I can't believe how much better binding technology has gotten in the last five years!

The Cartel is pretty lightweight because of the composite construction, and very comfortable straps with plenty of padding. The toe cap strap is good and definitely reduces that squeezing discomfort that sometimes happens with the over-arch strap. Note: if you have an older boot, it might not fit very well. I had a tough time adjusting for my old 32 TM2s.

The best part about this binding is that pretty much every piece of it is adjustable by hand - the highback is super adjustable - which means you don't need to carry a screwdriver or multi-tool.