The Drake DTM Snowboard Binding loves playing in the terrain park with you.
The DTM Snowboard Binding features Drake's new super lightweight base with an aluminum heel cup to give you versatility, comfort, and responsiveness in the park. The rugged base has EVA padding to dampen your ride over choppy snow and absorb shock when you land a jump. Drake's medium-soft, flat highback has no forward lean hinder your style. DTM's aluminum heel cup transfers energy from your boot to your board so as to give you quick, powerful heel-to-toe response. The 3D ankle strap fits snugly over your Northwave freestyle boot for excellent energy transmission and the toe strap can go over your boot or across your toes. Drake warranties baseplates for the binding's lifetime, so you know it's durable. *To get your free Drake-Burton Channel Boards binding kit, email info[at]northwave.com. Include your name, shipping address, and contact phone/email. The kit ships via FedEx within 24hrs.
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Are the Drake DTM Bindings better than the...
Are the Drake DTM Bindings better than the Union Cadet Bindings
That is all really personal preference. These Drake's and the Cadets fall into the same category of freestyle/park snowboarding. So basically they are going to perform the same. I will say that Union does have a lifetime warranty on baseplates and there stuff is made in Europe, not China. That might help you make your decision.
I've been using this binding since the beginning of the 08-09 season. I bought it during the summer, along with a Nitro T1 156 deck, and was stoked to finally get a chance to take the setup out at the start of the season. I was expecting to have to take some time to get used to them, but I was dialed into the setup the moment I hit the slopes.
I originally attributed the quick transition from my old K2 Fuse with low end Ride bindings to the T1 deck, but my friend uses a very similar Technine Jib 157 deck (the gold one) which he got in a package with Technine Street bindings. I tried his setup out, but I found I couldn't do much at all with it. It was then that I realized the real difference was the bindings. Specifically the low-backs and the True Zero angle.
For such a great price, I never imagined that I could get such an epic binding (not to mention the sweet denim straps). If you're considering anything else, forget it! Once you go DTM, you'll never go back!
Unreal, you won't be disappointed. Don't pay twice as much for a binding thats not as good.