Light as you want.
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Eh.. Not so much
I tried these out recently. I didn't like the baseplate on these older versions. The newer ride version has been updated and is much better. This binding is responsive and low profile but not a great park binding obviously.
Great binding, but...
Wow, I can't say enough good things about last year's Alpha Movement... Ride really hit the mark on the technical features of this binding. Most notably, the ankle strap is legit! It really does make you feel connected to your board, in fact, it feels like it's not even there, but still gives you support. I let my friend strap into my board and butter around at the end of a park session last season and he was immediately sold, so much so that he bought the new Alpha Movements for this season already. This was my second set of Alpha Movements and I'm definitely going to be picking up a new set for this season also. They are definitely one of the lightest bindings on the market and the tech is bar none. The toe strap is certainly praise worthy also. My main complaint about these bindings, and the reason they don't get a 5 star review is that the glue on the ankle straps didn't hold well enough and the two pieces seperated on both bindings. However, this didn't really affect the overall integrity of the binding as the bolts held the straps together still. It looks as though Ride reworked the ankle strap a little on this year's model though. Lastly, the black and red colorway on this binding is sick.
Nice response, lightweight
These bindings are super nice for park and all mountain freestyle, with plenty of response. Regardless of the other comments here on the wall, Ride does make a pretty durable binding. These particular bindings are intended for those who want a minimalist design with plenty of response, hence the thin ankle strap and low profile footbeds on the binding. If you spend a lot of time in the park, want a flexy binding for freestyle, or take the occasional big mountain run then this is your binding.
After Further Review
I have spent a few more days riding with these bindings and they are beginning to come apart. The glue for the material on the inside of the ankle strap is worthless and the material has separated. The padding on the highback is starting to shred away as well. They are light and responsive, and I love the toe cap strap, but it seems that some of the materials are CHEAP. I was told these bindings could take a beating, but I haven't even begun to ride these hard and they are falling apart. Not worth the money.
RIDE MAKES CHEAP PRODUCTS!
Nice but pricey
These bindings are light weight and responsive. I love the ThinGrip toe straps, they grip your boots and never let go. Sometimes it can be difficult to unbuckle the ankle straps, at least you know they'll never slip off. Only down side is the price $$$. I still love them though.
You get what you pay for.
These bindings are hands down, the best bindings I have ever ridden. They are super light, flex well, provide good support, and most importantly (I think) are comfortable. I ride a combo of park and all mountain so I was concerned that these bindings would be too flexible for my use, however, they give decent support and I have been known to lay down a large Euro-carve or two with no problem. The toe strap is sick; you can put it wherever you want on your boot, and it fits well with all different size boots. I was skeptical of the heel strap tho, since it has no padding; however, once again I was surprised at how good it felt. It makes me feel more connected with the board, and I swear it gives me more pop. The ratchets are much better than last years. They slide off effortlessly and never get stuck. This binding is expensive as hell tho, but you get what you pay for. If you ride a lot, it is definitely worth it.
everything i need
I ride these in the park all day. they are super comfy. all of the padding is gel, not foam. i rode k2 formulas before these, and the difference is ridiculous. these are light but not super light. they have aluminum instead of plastic, so they are super stable, but not heavy. they are lighter than an average binding, but they aren't union force light. they are very adjustable, which is always good. if you have the money to get these, get em. they're worth it.
Last year i got these when they were on sale because i broke my burton customs. i was trying to get away from burton because they were made from plastic. sure enough the only plastic part of these bindings (highback) broke on me. maybe its just a fluke. I also like the feel of the real cap strap and not this cross thing.. overall.. i wouldn't buy them again.. if you want a Ride binding get something cheaper.. they are all essentially the same binding with minor tweaks..