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    Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 6:17am
I'm looking for some new bindings and wanted to see what you guys recommend. I'm currently using the Flow Flite 3 (2009) model and I'm not sure if I'm crazy about them. They seem kinda heavy...maybe it's me... 

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 6:20am
to sum up general opinion: burton cartels, rome 390s, sierra s90, unions
prepare for your flows to be flamed; though i hear the NXTs are okay.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 6:24am
Do you like the flow system? Or do you want a tradition binding. Do you want a stiff binding for all mountain? Or do you want a soft binding for park. How much do you want to spend.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 6:26am
Originally posted by shop_45296

to sum up general opinion: burton cartels, rome 390s, sierra s90, unions
prepare for your flows to be flamed; though i hear the NXTs are okay.

Haha...thanks. They were my first pair of bindings and I got them for cheap. I didn't know any better. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 6:27am
The aluminum flows are MUCH lighter, but if you don't like the Flow rear entry style the Ride bindings with the Wedgie pads are a good place to start looking.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 6:30am
Originally posted by Goldberg13

Do you like the flow system? Or do you want a tradition binding. Do you want a stiff binding for all mountain? Or do you want a soft binding for park. How much do you want to spend.

I've only used the Flows. I like being able to strap in quick but it's not a dealbreaker. I'm more of an all-mountain rider and I'd like to spend no more than 200 bucks. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 11:48am
If you are an all mountain rider then Rome Targas are a pretty good stiff binding.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 12:18pm
Unions all the way.
Best bang for you buck
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 12:23pm
If you're looking to spend $200 or less, the flows just aren't the way to go... I would look into a traditional binding.
I converted in the middle of last year, and I'm loving my Burton Lexas (female binding)...

Good luck finding something that suits you.  If you do transition, the break in period for figuring out traditional bindings might get a little old, quick.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 12:24pm
I am currently using Ride SPi's and Union Forces.  Both are excellent bindings for me.  The Unions are unbelievably comfortable.  The Rides are a really stiff binding, you only have to think about changing direction and off you go.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 1:51pm
Originally posted by shop_45296

prepare for your flows to be flamed; though i hear the NXTs are okay.

Why would he be flamed about his flows? he wants to replace them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 1:52pm
union forces are my recommendation, its pretty much the same as the rom390 but cheaper by a bit. for me it was pretty light so it fits within your wants, but it is 200$
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 2:17pm
for all-mtn. Burton Cartels, Union Forces, Salomon Relay Series, Rome 390, are all good.
for park, I've only used Union Contacts, flexes real well with the board especially if you have a soft board.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2011 at 4:40pm
Originally posted by keljai

union forces are my recommendation, its pretty much the same as the rom390 but cheaper by a bit. for me it was pretty light so it fits within your wants, but it is 200$
have you actually ridden 390s?...just asking because your profile says you've only ridden 4 days total.  Also, unions have aluminum heelcup but 390s have a full aluminum heelcup chassis that extends under the baseplate - seems they might ride/feel different.  I only paid $110 for my 390s (on sale)

I consider rome 390 more of a park binding...and at 2.5 lbs, not the lightest.  Rome Targa are definitely all mtn to freeride, but weight even more than 390.  Both excellent bindings, though - really grip your foot and make you feel one with the board.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/15/2011 at 3:52am
Thanks for all the input everyone!! I'll look in the recommendations that everyone's made. I think I'm leaning toward the Unions since I've heard nothing but good things about them. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/15/2011 at 10:47am
i like the rome 390's alot, i was thinking about buyin a pair. the deal on the s90's here is really good too. i have a pair of customs as of right now not a big fan but ill deal
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/15/2011 at 10:53am
I didn't really know how heavy Flows were until my bro took his Flows off his board and dude it was totally heavy!  I always thought it was his board but nope it was his Flows.  It is really up to the person because even though the Flow is hella heavy, my brothers still love Flows over straps.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/15/2011 at 12:36pm
union forces, burton cartels or rome 390s and sierra s90s are all really solid bindings. if you have to spend a few etra $ to get one of these its definatly worth it. you wont be disapointed with any of these
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/15/2011 at 2:19pm
burton cartels all the way, just ordered a pair for myself :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/18/2011 at 5:03am
Originally posted by Angry Midget Yo

I didn't really know how heavy Flows were until my bro took his Flows off his board and dude it was totally heavy!  I always thought it was his board but nope it was his Flows.  It is really up to the person because even though the Flow is hella heavy, my brothers still love Flows over straps.

I love how I can jump in and out easily, but sometimes it feels like I have cinderblocks on my feet.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/18/2011 at 5:07am
Anybody ride Flux?  I demo'd a pair and liked them...they felt really well made but had very different composition than "typical" bindings from other common brands.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/18/2011 at 5:07am
the thing i hate about flows is that you can only strap in on a flat surface, not on the trail or n angle. and if you get stuck in powder, i have NO idea how to get out of it. thats why i got strap bindings :/
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/18/2011 at 5:15am
currently i am riding burton est cartels. and i love them, honestly if u get the cartels u will not look back!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/18/2011 at 10:34am
Originally posted by snow4life

the thing i hate about flows is that you can only strap in on a flat surface, not on the trail or n angle. and if you get stuck in powder, i have NO idea how to get out of it. thats why i got strap bindings :/

I haven't been fortunate enough to see powder but that's something I've never thought about. Now that you brought it, I wouldn't know how to get out of my Flow bindings if I got stuck in powder... LOL...thanks! Another thing for me to consider.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/18/2011 at 11:01am

You should be able to find '10 Flow Five for around $140, and '09 Burton Triad EST for around $100. I think the Five is one level higher than the Flite, and the Triad, from what I hear, is good. However, you need an ICS board to use the Triad. Happy shopping. :-)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/31/2011 at 3:13am
I wanted the Unions or Rome 390s but I found a good deal on some Burton Missions for 80 bucks. I tried them out yesterday and what a huge difference!!

Thanks for everyone's input!
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