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Gear Review

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Weaklings

I've put 40-50 days in since I got my 2012 XL Ride EX's, and I know that's above average usage, but these bindings can't stand up to punishment.

The feel is excellent. The low highbacks feel secure and confortable, and the metal frame is really light and sturdy. The fit is pretty tight, with medium flex.

A number of components have failed on these, though. The "quickdraw" ratchet (total b.s.) requires nothing less than a well placed karate chop to release. The right toe and heel strap ratchets are on the verge of totally failing. Also the gel mesh on the toe straps will fray and rip from normal usage, so you're a little screwed (sorry). The footpad will melt and rip and stick to your board. The metal components (screws/ washers/ discs) have experienced alot of rust. And finally if you have big feet, the toe strap tends to pinch in the toe of your boot and can cause some minor digit squishing.

These are light and strong, but definitely NOT durable.