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2/23/2017 2:08:34 PM Yes. you can put any toe cap/ strap or any ankle strap on any Union binding.
2/6/2017 4:21:21 PM I'm pretty sure they are just using this site as a clearance site for previous season gear.... they didn't add any new gear for the season. Chat doesn't work anymore.. the page stopped loading in September or earlier...
2/3/2017 3:12:51 PM That's what I initially thought of as my main problem...the fact that I needed stiffer bindings in order to get better edge to edge response and quicker transition time/response. I am debating between Union Atlas and Union Super Force. 1. Which one is going to be stiffer...? I have heard the Atlas is a lot stiffer than the force. I also know for a fact that the Team high back on the Super Force is a lot stiffer than the regular force. 2. Would the Atlas be too stiff for my ability level and riding style...? Therefore being too much for me to handle. I like gear that I can 'man handle' a little bit and push around vs having the gear push me around. If so...should I go for the Super Force...?[/QUOTE] returnt2heaven nailed it. binding angles are personal preference. Whatever feels best for you is what you should ride. It takes a little messing around and trial and error. Best way to do it, besides riding, is to strap in at home and do a little carpet boarding just standing there in your stance, roll edge to edge, do some nose and tail presses and see how it feels. As far as the bindings, neither are going to be too stiff/ responsive for you or your ability. It's  a question of how much response you want and like.  Either of those models will be really good.  I personally love the straight up Forces. I have 2 pairs. One on my Evil Twin (it has a 6-5-6 flex) and a pair of Force SLs on my Capita Totally FK'n Awsome (7 flex). 
1/27/2017 4:30:28 PM Take all of it to eBay. There aren't many ppl who come into the forums anymore. And those that do are serious riders who want quality boards.  That snow jam board is not what anyone here is looking for.  Never even heard of that brand before....
1/27/2017 4:20:08 PM hi Jess.  It just sounds like you just need more time riding if you are catching your edges still. The Flying V is a hybrid camber not reverse camber.  This makes it more playful but not less catchy at the edges because of the camber in front and behind your bindings. A full reverse camber board is less 'catchy'.  You may want to try one out.  Try other brands besides Burton too (Burton isn't the best...)  Capita, Bataleon, Neversummer, lib tech, gnu, marhar, signal, jones, gilsons, etc.. all make really good boards.  And usually better boards for less $ than Burton. So, don't get stuck on Burton.
1/27/2017 3:40:33 PM Check out Marhar boards. They are a newer company so you may not have heard of them yet. But, they are really making awesome boards. Really cool guys too. You can actually design your own picking camber, shape and carbon stingers and placement, as well as picking from their current production models. They are actually made here in my city, Grand Rapids, MI one thing...I'd research more on the flat camber boards.  They have their place.. (mostly in the park) but honestly aren't as good (IMO) as hybrid camber with camber between the binding for a poppy responsive ride.  Flat boards feel weird IMO.  I'd def demo a flat camber board before buying one. it's really a dif feel.  IMO dif in a bad way. 
1/27/2017 3:30:40 PM in the 153-156 range you really don't have to worry about boards being too wide unless they are mid-wide or wide models. Boards sidecuts and shape help a lot with turning so the width may not matter depending on the model. So, you should be just fine on almost any reg width board. up to 255 should be fine for you. So, up to mid wide size, but not wider.
1/27/2017 3:25:35 PM I swear all the Jones Mt twin doesn't have a setback stance... or at least that's what the specs say.  That's why I say that.. but, you have the board. so, if you say it has a setback stance I'll go with it. Your boots are heat moldable. Get them heat molded or just wear them hanging out at home. If your heel is hanging off the heel edge that far then your bindings can't be centered toe edge to heel edge. It's ok if the heel cup is sticking out that far. But, def don't want your boot out that far. You must have the heel edge of the binding closer to the heel edge than it should be, esp on a board that wide with size 10s. You riding a board that is 258 ww w/ 10s is going to take you a little time to get used to. This is def another reason you are having issueswoith tight turns.  (You really didn't need a wide or midwide w/ size 10 boots)  But, it's not going to kill you since the ww is 258, not super wide. Forward lean won't help the heel sticking out 2".  So make sure your bindings are centered as much as possible. The forward lean might help with response helping on those tight turns you were having troubles doing. You can use loctite on the screws/ bolts.  But, NEVER EVER EVER put loctite in the boards inserts!  That will actually lock you screws in and you can't get them out w/ out drilling them out.  I've heard a bunch of horror stories from my shops friends.I put loctite on the bolts of my loose Burton bindings. I still had to tighten them when I got to the resort.  The loctite helped them stay tight most or all of the day. But, it wasn't the solution. You could try another set of bolts. But, really the best thing to do is tighten your bindings when you get to the resort.
1/25/2017 10:11:23 PM 154 isn't too long for you. 151 is too short for you, unless you are going to use it for a rail board. You weigh too much for a 151 for an all mt ride. It's more of a surface area and contact length issue than a issue of the board's stiffness.
1/25/2017 8:07:44 PM Yeah you are on a board that's too short for you and too soft for you. esp for what you want to ride. The WWW is fine for rails and messing around. But, it's no wonder you are washing out and don't feel stable riding that board.  I'd go for a board more in the 154 range. You weigh too much to be riding a board near 150.  Go for a board 153-155 maybe 156cms depending on what's offered in w/e model you are looking into getting. Or really you should look at the effective edge or contact length and go with a board with an effective edge or contact length 115-118cms. The Effective edge or contact length is really what you want to go by with all the crazy shapes and blunted nose and tails on board these days.  The 154 fun.kink is a good choice. It's a little more park friendly than the YES boards you mentioned. I actually have a 2011 fun.kink 157, as well as a 2103 Evil Twin 157 and a 2013 Airobic 154. I really like TBT/ 3BT. The fun.kink has become my instructing board. It was my go to all mt board that I could ride in the park and mess around on.  I still can. I just ride my newer boards. LOL. The aerobic is my park/ mess around board and the Evil twin is my go to board.  I also have a 159 Capita Totally FK'N awesome for pow and more gnarly terrain. I'm 175-180lbs. I like boards w/ effective edge lengths 117-122cm.  Just an FYI.. Flow bindings are heavy and laggy/ not responsive. the only good thing about FLOW bindings are you can get into them about 5 seconds faster.... I recommend any other binding brand w/ traditional straps over FLOW bindings. Especially since your are concerned with response.
1/25/2017 7:16:24 PM I love my Nike Zoom Force 1s! I'm on my 2nd pair. I wouldn't go for used Nikes as the inserts really form quickly to one's foot and leg.. I esp wouldn't go for them if they have been heat molded already.  I've looked around to see if I can find a new pair to stash away once the boots I'm riding get too soft.  You can find them on amazon and eBay.... and a few other sites.  New boots are either going for slightly less than retail, retail or really high prices being a common size or a collectors edition boot. The Vapes seem to be pretty readily available. Kaiju's are around but seem to be going for retail or higher prices, at least for my size (10.5)
1/25/2017 7:07:49 PM the TM is def noticeably stiffer and more responsive. nicer insert too.
1/25/2017 6:01:41 PM Hmm.. Ok. it sounds like it could be a combo of angles and stance width.  But, it could be your board size. It might be too small and that's why you are washing out and why a narrower stance doesn't feel as stable. You might have too wide of a stance on a board that's too small. That could really be messing you up. What board are you riding and what size?  And still would like to know what bindings and boots you are using. It could be your setup is too soft (and too short of a board for your weight) for how you ride now.
1/24/2017 9:09:51 PM no worries
1/24/2017 7:55:10 PM 1. It could be your set up. If your bindings are softer than your board or your boots are softer than both your bindings and board.  Or any combo of having a softer connection than what it's being connected to. could be messing you up. You never want the connection softer than what its going on/in to.  So, never softer boots than bindings, never softer bindings than board.  You basically don't have the backbone to transfer enough energy or force with softer boots or bindings on a stiffer board to make the moves you want to happen without applying too much force or pressure.. then one wrong move and you can't adjust and you are battling to not wipe out. 2. It could be the construction and flex of the board you ride.  A lot of edge to edge response is the sidecut, shape and the stiffness of the board. If it's a deal where you feel it's not as responsive at higher speeds or making a hard edging turn and then going out of it to the other edge then it's the board's construction/ shape/ camber profile any of them or any combo. If it feels chattery it's def the construction and flex.    3. It could be technique.  If it's an all the time, every run feeling, it's prob more a technique issue. 4. It could be how your bindings are set up.  Are your bindings centered edge to edge?  Is your highback rotated so it's parallel to your heel edge?  Maybe you need to try different binding angles and/ or widen or narrow your stance.  This could be the issue if you, for example, always feel lag going from from your toe edge to your heel edge at slower speeds.  In that example I would be the issue would be the bindings are setup closer to the toe edge than the heel edge. It could be any of what I listed.  We could tell you better if we knew what boots, bindings and board you ride. And when you feel this lack of response when riding.


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