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I picked these up in the red colorway. Very stylish color and great quality of materials used throughout the binding. They are extremely light weight with buttery smooth ratchets. After several sessions with these bindings on my 2012 Banana Magic I would say I am very impressed with their comfort, flex, cushioning, and overall performance. The re-flex tech is definitely doing what it is suppose to. Not as stiff as I feared they would be but still has excellent response. I only found 2 drawbacks. No adjustability on the heel loops (pretty common with Burton)and the dull rubberized coating used on the bindings has already started to peel off in some areas. Not a big deal because I think the red actually stands out more without the rubberized coating.
I upgraded from my 2011 Skate Banana to the 2012 Banana Magic for this season. Unbelievable edge hold and very light with great pop! I'm 5'6" and about 160lbs with full gear so the 152 was perfect for me. The flex was pretty stiff out of the bag (6 out 10 on Libtech's scale) but after riding it a few times I would say it's just perfect. I can actually butter better with my magic. Currently paired with 2012 Burton Prophecy bindings this board rides like a dream everywhere I have taken it. Quite spendy but definitely worth every penny to me.
I love these bindings for for their super light weight but more importantly their comfort. Super easy adjustments too. It took a little while to get use to these since I switched from the Union Force. These are not quite as responsive but that's ok because I don't need them to be. The quality of the synthetic leather in the straps is much better than the Force. The leather is not perforated, thin, and stretchy. They are solid pieces. The only only small complaint I have is the flat highback. Just a personal preference but I wish the highback was a little more curved to fit around the boot, but these are Gigi's personal design so there is not much we can do about it.
I'm in my 30's and just learned to ride. I decided to give the banana a try after things didn't work out for me with this year's T Rice. The T. Rice was a bit to stiff and aggressive for me; after switching to the banana it made a world of a difference! I've only been riding a dozen times or so and this board has already allowed me to land switch off of small natural features. This is truly incredible for me because just a little while ago I could barely land a jump! Progression is what it's all about and this will definitely be the board to take me to the next level. If your contemplating on what to buy look no further than the Lib Tech Skate Banana!
Just got this bad boy in the other day. I took it out of the bag and all I could think of was WOW! Beautifully crafted and off the hook graphics! The graphics are pretty much hate it or love it. I'm proud to say that this board was made in my home state. I think the flex on this stick is perfect. I was afraid it would be too stiff but I played around on it and it felt just right. I can't give this stick 5 stars yet because I haven't rode it, but until then I give it 4 out of 5 for overall quality, craftsmanship, and design. My props to Lib Tech and Mervin Mfg. for another quality product.
I happened to try on the 2010 freestyle at a local store and they fit like a glove but I didn't want to pony up 2 bills for them. Came straight to Dogfunk and just my luck found the 2009 freestyle for just over a bill. Great fit on the size 8.5 I got with minimal heel lift, but with the dough I saved I upgraded the insoles and problem solved. Put in about 12 hours on these boots so far in day and night conditions and I have found nothing really to complain about except for a scuff on the right toes due to a hard icy landing. I absolutely love the red/black/white colorway, gets a lot of compliments! I have read that these boots do not offer enough support because they aren't stiff enough but I am here to tell you that they offer just right amount of support just where you need it. Freestyle or freeride these boots will work for both.