The Forum Recon is a great entry level binding. Forum has tweaked the construction of this binding in a way to remove the heelcup. This significantly reduces the overall weight of the binding but still keeps up durability. It is polycarbonate baseplate that is soft and flexible. The ankle strap is an EVA pre-curved strap that better fits your boots. The toe strap is a convertible strap that can be worn as a toestrap or a toecap. If you are just starting out, this binding is perfect for you.