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Before there were Alpha Movements, I was riding Ride Team bindings, which were some of the best bindings I've ever had the pleasure of using. Since they dropped the Team from their line and adopted the "Movement" series of bindings, I've ridden 4 sets of Alpha Movements, including the first set they put out for the 06/07 season. Each season, Ride has stepped up their game and outdone themselves. The Alpha Movements are all about technological innovation and forward thinking.
Enter the 09/10 Alpha Movement. Technologically superior is the term that comes to mind. The previous season, Ride blew me away by introducing their "thin flex" ankle strap, thankfully, they continued to improve on that strap and made it more durable for the 09/10 Alphas. Lightweight and next level, the thin flex ankle strap makes you feel connected to your board, and it's way more comfortable than bulky over-padded straps anyway. Ride is one step ahead of the game with their toe strap as well. The comfort grip "webbed" toe strap is on point. It works well over the top of your boot, but it really shines when you go over the toe as it conforms to your boot and locks your foot into place. New to the 09/10 Alphas are the wedgie footbeds. It's a simple concept, but leave it to Ride to think of the little things that lead to massive technical improvements in their hardgoods. The wedgies really offer alot of relief for your knees when you pull long days of hard charging the mountain or on deep pow days. And as always, Ride uses aluminum chassis and ratchets, which is especially important for cold Alaskan riding. If you've ever ridden in extreme cold, you know that all of your gear acts differently, and plastic tends to get brittle. As far as flex goes, the Alpha movements are a combination of hard charging response, with just enough lightweight mobility to offer up some flexibility in the park. Oh and did I mention that these are extremely lightweight?
Overall, the Alpha Movements are next level bindings. It's as simple as that. Always lightweight and next gen, the Alpha Movements are a no brainer. Don't waste your time with Burton's whack minimalistic designs for their $400+ bindings that have highbacks that are guaranteed to snap off, or the ridiculous all-plastic approach by other binding manufacturers.
I had to change the ankle strap. I hate the thin flex ankle strap. Other than that these bindings rock! All over the mountain is where this babies go!
I Have a forum manual 150cm board w/ burton ruler boots size 9. Am I better off getting the 7-9 size or 9-11 size binding?
Well the cut off for Medium bindings are usually 10.5-11. But if you want a lil more room in the binding, then go for a L. I've had a pair of L/XL Beta's(9-13) and i have size 12 boots and there was still a little room in the cage. So Mediums should work just fine but just to be safe you might want to go for the Large, especially if you're still growing
straight up the best things ive ever ridin. so good it should be illigel!
I demo'd these and really liked everything but the ankle strap. I'm a total beginner but have tried 3 different bindings and liked these the best - but I bought the Beta's due to the ankle strap and price difference. The Alpha, however, is considerably more burly than the Beta and I might have gone that way if I was worried about beating on the binding a bit more.
Like I said before not for 300. straps suck they don't hold your foot down.
So I have used the BETA bindings from RIDE and love the response. So I purchased these bindings, and for 300 bucks? NO! That ankle strap SUCKKSSSS! This strap is useless, it does not really hold your feet down. Toe strap is great, it's the same that my BETA bindings have. The Wedgie kicks ass for those that might have some knee problems. So the Wedgie kills it for pop too! Way easier to pop ollies! I've been using the 4.0 Wedgie, I haven't tried the 2.0 yet. So overall binding is great, but not for 300 bucks, specially with that shitty useless ankle strap!
i just bought the new nike zoom force 1 boots size 11.5....what size bindings should i get.??.i really wear 10.5 but the nikes seems to run small thats why 11.5 fits me..can you help?.. i plan on buying the alphas..
for this perticular binding you need the 11-13 size
this binding is the lightest, most comfortable binding i have ever ridden... the thin flex ankle strap doesnt even feel like it is there... there is no need to crank it down because it holds you in perfect... its also a super light heel strap and has no padding to wear out... it works purely off of design, and trust me, its comfortable... the convertable grip toe strap gives you a good toe hold no matter where you ride it and stays put... the wedgie footbed gives you crazy power in ollying and stability in landings as well as takes so much pressure off of your knees... this binding is incredible and severely light... nothing compares...