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Direct Link To This Post Topic: Best bindings for all mountain riding...
    Posted: Mar/26/2011 at 10:03pm
I think the subject asks it all...What's the best binding for all mountain riding...I'm looking to buy my first set of bindings...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/27/2011 at 6:48am
depends on how much you want to spend. the best all mountin bindings are burton cartels, union forces or rome 390s. if you dont want to spend that much you could go with the sierra/rome s90s which are a little less expensive but still great bindings. or burton missions are ok. if you know your going to use them alot spend the extra money and get good ones
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/27/2011 at 6:58am
Originally posted by packfan4ever

depends on how much you want to spend. the best all mountin bindings are burton cartels, union forces or rome 390s. if you dont want to spend that much you could go with the sierra/rome s90s which are a little less expensive but still great bindings. or burton missions are ok. if you know your going to use them alot spend the extra money and get good ones


+1 those are usually the main suspects. but try them on and see if you get any pressure points on your feet.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/27/2011 at 8:06am
the best bindings are the ones that you like the most...it is all preference.  Of course there are cheaply made bindings which you want to stay away from but as long as the quality of the binding is good then it comes down to preference.  Essentially the characteristics you like most in a binding.  Some ripping riders like a stiffer binding for their do everything binding, some like in the middle, and some like soft.  From Union I would consider Forces or Contacts, from Burton you have a lot to choose from Malavitas, Prophecy, Cartels, CO2s are the ones I would consider.  For most people they tend to like a medium flexing binding so if you do not know your preference then go with a medium flexing binding because if it turns out you do not like soft or stiff then you will be unhappy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/27/2011 at 8:15am
Originally posted by shwazy

the best bindings are the ones that you like the most...it is all preference.  Of course there are cheaply made bindings which you want to stay away from but as long as the quality of the binding is good then it comes down to preference.  Essentially the characteristics you like most in a binding.  Some ripping riders like a stiffer binding for their do everything binding, some like in the middle, and some like soft.  From Union I would consider Forces or Contacts, from Burton you have a lot to choose from Malavitas, Prophecy, Cartels, CO2s are the ones I would consider.  For most people they tend to like a medium flexing binding so if you do not know your preference then go with a medium flexing binding because if it turns out you do not like soft or stiff then you will be unhappy.


+1 on preference. i like burton triads, which are softer than cartels IMO. I tend to like my bindings softer for all-mountain riding, cartels are a little stiff for me. just go with what you prefer.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/27/2011 at 12:50pm
triad has the same base as cartels and the highback is actually a little stiffer overall, especially torsionally, though they may have slightly more give at the top whereas the cartel is pretty stiff straight back.

+1 on preference though.  there are no facts about "best." if there were, we would all be riding the same thing.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/27/2011 at 1:04pm
+1 on cartels
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/27/2011 at 1:25pm
I have missions that I use for all mountain, I think they work pretty well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/27/2011 at 9:34pm
IMO, any bindings can be used for all mountain riding, so long as you are comfortable using them. I think that any flex bindings can pretty much be used for any type of riding. I feel that if you can only do freestyle with soft bindings, and can only ride big lines with stiff bindings, you have a long way to go.

Ride what feels most comfortable to you, and realize there is no best out there. If there were, as said above, we would all have the same exact gear. Its all preference. For me, I prefer a stiff binding with a ton of support for pretty much all types of riding and terrain. I have really bad ankles, so the more support I have the more comfortable I feel.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/27/2011 at 10:23pm
burton missions are good, look classy and are really affordable. burton cartels, in my opinion, are a little less good looking but are a small step up as far as durability. i cannot speak on union bindings because i have never ridden with them but they are generally raived about.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/27/2011 at 10:37pm
Originally posted by JBburton 18

IMO, any bindings can be used for all mountain riding, so long as you are comfortable using them. I think that any flex bindings can pretty much be used for any type of riding. I feel that if you can only do freestyle with soft bindings, and can only ride big lines with stiff bindings, you have a long way to go.

Ride what feels most comfortable to you, and realize there is no best out there. If there were, as said above, we would all have the same exact gear. Its all preference. For me, I prefer a stiff binding with a ton of support for pretty much all types of riding and terrain. I have really bad ankles, so the more support I have the more comfortable I feel.


You are correct, however, in the way that a triathlete can run in skate shoes, and bike on a mountain bike. you can take any binding anywhere, and there is a lot of preference involved, if your an intermediate-advanced rider, you'll most likely want to stay away from something like the burton customs as they offer minimal flex, and less comfort. And if your staying out of the park and hitting side-country, and groomers go towards something like a Co2, if your in the middle then I'd say rock cartels or union forces.



If your begginer-intermediate, follow JB's advice, find a binding the fits your boots properly, and thats comfy and go with it, but I would stay towards a mid flex for a good all around experience.

and JB your crazy, I would lol at the sight of Jeremy Jones(big mountain) rocking super soft bindings with lo-backs, suicidal, and dangerous on big lines, and on my jib stick I would never rock stiff bindings, have you ever tried anything other than 50-50s with stiff bindings, it's a pain in the ass trying to press crap when theres no flex to the binding. I say you strengthen up those girly ankles, and man up(excuse the Governator vocab)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/27/2011 at 10:44pm
100% preference.  there may be trends toward stiffer bindings for big mountain lines and soft ones for park but that still doesn't mean there are facts about this.  some park riders ride stiff boards and bindings and some people that ride lots of pow are on mid to soft for both.  jj may ride stiff bindings but gigi also kills big mountain lines and spins during his lines as well, and his favorite union binding can be quoted as the contact "because of the flex."  and his pro model binding is on a contact base, only a little less loose than the regular contact.  proof that not all aggressive pros that shred big mountain lines with power and style would prefer a stiffer binding.  contacts and contact pros are nothing like c02s and they're not even as responsive as a typical cartel or force or whatever, yet he built it for himself.  just giving an example.

also, lucas debari who is a powerhouse was riding exiles on his boards for a long time.  those are softer bindings.

and on the flipsde, there are some riders who prefer a c02 or even c60 for the park riding they do, or boards that are a little on the stiffer side, and not short, and cambered, for park.  it's all preference and always will be no matter what it all tends to trend toward.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/28/2011 at 1:49am
It has all been said before. Get something that you find comfortable and go with it until you get more specific in the type of riding that you like the most.

Union Forces
Rome 390s (what I ride)
Burton Custom/Cartel etc
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/28/2011 at 3:25am
evryone has their preference, i like my cartels. im looking to get a new set my are from 09
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/28/2011 at 3:46am
well unless you are one of those people who has something against burton you cant go wrong with cartels ive got 2 sets and they are always great but i think i like the older set with the cap straps better then the new ones.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/28/2011 at 6:01am
It's all preference, but the problem is you said this is your first set of bindings, so you wont know what you really like unless you try them.
I have cartels and I dont think you can go wrong with them, like a lot of ppl said in the above.
If you dont have money to piss away, maybe try getting used ones in the classified section and try them out.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/28/2011 at 6:11am
Originally posted by shredhead16

I have missions that I use for all mountain, I think they work pretty well.

Same here. Does anyone have a feeling what benefits are gained going to the Cartel from the Missions?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/28/2011 at 6:13am
more responsiveness, and more comfort from higher end straps (depending on which year your looking at)

as a beginner, or first time buyer, I would lean towards the missions, as they will be more forgiving while you ride
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/28/2011 at 6:25am
I have a pair of cartels and exiles. the cartels are def softer than the exiles i guess it depends what you are used to and your eperience level. I be real with you and say dont buy cheap bindings because you will get what your paying for but on the other hand you and spend 120-160 and get a good pair
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/28/2011 at 6:55am
my question is, how much do you want to spend on a pair of bindings?
hmmm... Now What???   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/28/2011 at 9:04pm
Originally posted by bataleon155

my question is, how much do you want to spend on a pair of bindings?


My max would be about $200, but of course, cheaper and high quality is preferred...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/28/2011 at 9:09pm
Originally posted by scuddera

I have a pair of cartels and exiles. the cartels are def softer than the exiles
............what?

the exile has their 11% glass "park blend" baseplate that is factually more flexible than the cartel's 30% blend base.  the cartel also has a taller, stiffer, and more aggressive highback.  i'm kinda confused on this one.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/28/2011 at 9:14pm
Everytime I have rented, I always get the older models cuz it's cheaper to rent them. Most recently, I rented the Burton Mission...I liked how they felt but the damn toe strap kept coming off...I hope that's not the case for the newer models
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/28/2011 at 9:18pm
you can always buy upgrade capstraps from burton, the gettagrip capstraps are awesome
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/29/2011 at 1:49am
gotta vote for the forces here!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/29/2011 at 1:57am
i ride with burton cartels est 2010.
very plesant to ride all mountain.
im sure there more of these with the same specs.
not sure what more is on the market or how they ride.

good luck finding ur gear.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/29/2011 at 5:42pm
you can go anywhere with this, i like rome 390s
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/01/2011 at 9:52am
Thanks for all the suggestions fellas...Now time to do some homework on these bindings...
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