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Hey matt, I don't have any first hand experience with chargers, but I do with the union force's and burton cartels. I prefer the burton cartels quite a bit, and I'm not even that big a fan of burton period. I've heard of people saying they tear the burton stuff up and that it falls apart, but i've put in 3 70+ seasons on my cartels and am just now considering new ladders and a ripped toe cap (my fault.) So Im not sure what other people are tlaking about when they say that the burton stuff falls apart. I think it's just popular to hate on whoever is the big company. The unions were durable as well, but the toe cap sucks and I've heard that sentiment echoed more than a couple times. Also it seemed like the screws/hardware on the unions are of high grade material or whatever, but they get loose and strip out fairly easily. I had to super glue the screws in place on the forces where the highback pivots on the heelcup. Kinda chincy. Also had the screw that holds the leather heel strap to the plastic strap w/ the adjustment holes fall out at brighton one day, And I check my hardware any time im going to ride. Never had any of these issues with my cartels. The one thing about the cartels is this. The base plate is super lame. They only let you mount your binding to the pre-set holes on the board, no fine tuning back or forth. Which, is pretty frickin annoying, but not enough to offset how well these bindings work. Really, from one rider to another, I'd recommend the cartels/ They do so much, very very well. Comfy, durable, nice and cushy, and very responsive. Pick them up man, you won't be dissapointed. And they will go perfect with your NAS. I had the quiver killer(same thing as nas) a couple years back, and that was definitely a "rowdy/ready for anything you could throw at it" set up

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Here is my personal take on the lib-tech skate banana. I am 6'1'', 165 lbs, and wear a 10.5 boot. Have ridden the sk8 nana on just about all conditions. I have a 159 and ive ridden it for everything. They hold up to riding in the powder, as the banana naturally excels in that area anyway. They are solid all around boards. You can ride park, rails, cliffs, jumps, jibs, etc. The flex really isn't as soft as what i've heard most people saying. It's a nice medium flex I'd say, so it will hold up to the entire mountain pretty decently. They butter really well too. Im not that into butters and i can pull them off pretty easy on this thing. My two big problems with the sk8 nana are these: lack of pop and high speed stability. Anyone who says these things have great pop, has probably never ridden a good cambered board. They definitely lack in the pop area, especially compared to a good cambered deck. Also high speed stability & the magne-traction. This thing starts chattering around and bouncing through rough, tracked up spots, and forget high speeds. Thing feels sketchy at real high speeds. The magne-traction seems to aggressive, and sometimes gives me the feeling that it wants to pull to only one side, hauling ass flat based on this thing is tricky, to me seemingly. If you want a responsive, poppy, hard charging board, id look somehwere else. Slower speeds, riding switch, and buttering around are the high points on this deck.

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