Trickle-down tech for advancing shredders.
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Adequate, but could improve
I use these bindings with a Lib-Tech Skate Banana snowboard and Ride Jackson boots. They're pretty adequate, but they could use a little improvement. I like the sturdiness of the base, and the highbacks are sturdy (although after 5 times out on this setup, I'm noticing a little bit of deterioration in the padding at the top of one of the highbacks). My only point of complaint is the plastic ratchets and the lockdowns on the non-ratchet side of the straps. I'm noticing that the ratchets are prone to skipping on the plastic straps when they're tightened down as tightly as I would like (which is pretty damn tight). Looking at the straps that feed into the ratchets, there's a little bit of wear on the teeth of the straps after 5 outings (30 hours) on these bindings. The lockdowns on the non-ratchet side of the bindings aren't very forgiving either. If you have them just a touch too loose, they tend to unlock and loosen a bit on a moderate fall. If you have them just a touch too tight, they're insanely difficult to lock into place.
Overall, I'd say these are decent for a beginning rider like myself, but I have a feeling I will be replacing them with a better engineered binding when I spend a bit more time on the snow next season. I understand that Ride makes upgraded straps and ratchets for this binding, but at $80 for the upgrade kit which includes sturdier aluminum ratchets, I think I may just save my pennies and go for a more solid set of bindings when the time comes.
The toe straps are pretty much genius. High backs allow for great control but also a little give for those long flats that we all "love" syke...
only two cons i would red flag about.
would be that the toe ramps are purely foam. you still have that flat base ride feel to them like all ride bindings but if thats your thing then no worries.
Bindings tend to become loose when riding.. had to tighten them up on top, literally felt like i was going to drive the screw through the board but once they were in, they were in and no more loosies.
Overall a great product. would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good bang for their buck.
i wear a size 11.5 boot... The Large was a perfect match, i usualy wear a size 10.5 shoe fyi...
should i buy these or not? like how do...
should i buy these or not? like how do they preform for park and whatnot