Soft board with stiff boots and bindings or vice versa
I'm in a boots/bindings existential crisis. My Flux XFs got stolen the day before I left for a week in Whistler so I left with my backup Malavitas. I didn't like the response at first, but blamed my boots, which were falling apart. I bought new boots, and got used to the Malavitas. The cush is nice compared to Flux.
On my last day I found some XFs in Whistler. With the new boots and bindings I felt super locked and kind of uncomfortable. Fuck. Fortunately the new boots broke and I went back to my worn boots, which felt great in the XFs.
So now I'm thinking soft boots and whatever stiffness the XFs are. Or maybe a tighter boot and Malavitas? Which is where I'm at now, with some smaller Nitro Team boots that actually fit really well, especially around the ankle. I also got to fondle a friend's Stratas and they felt really good, so I might try those out if I can find a pair.
I'm with Spenser & Matty, mid stiff setup/~7's on the flex range preferably.
Use my Ion Leather w/ mod Cartel baseplate/GenX highback and straps setup for all my boards rn. Alternated with Genies, but prefer the added bit of response of the GenX parts more esp with my boards on the stiffer end.
Also agree with Coleslawed, prefer not to use this same setup on mid flex to softer boards as I find it gives an overkill/dead feeling underfoot.
169lb|8US B SLX|Ion Leather|56 Korua Stealth|57 T. Finder+|B mod-Cartel/Gen/GenX|Nitro Team x Drinkwater|ON
I’m back in park boots for everything, been loving my thirtytwo lo cut (picked them up for $120 at the end of last season)and Cartel combo.
I like a softish boot and medium stiff bindings for everything. My powder/ tree board is a 163 w Deep thinker and I feel like the softer boots help me flick the wider board around in tight trees.
I have pretty damn soft boots. Haven't even used highbacks the past two times out and won't be any time soon
Prob at like a 3/7/7 with taro tamai boots now drives with highcup and nitro cannon
5'9" | 185 lbs | US9 boots (K2 TT) | Now - Drive & YES. | Gnu Beast 158 | YES. 420 148 | Arbor Clovis 157 | Camber, S-Rocker, Flat to Rocker | 150cm-160cm | Some Taper | Neat shapes are neat
One thing that we are not discussing is how the energy you put into your riding affects how stiff or soft something feels. One product for a slower, mellow rider may feel rock solid, while for someone going fast and riding hard, it may feel medium or less. Just interesting to think about.
These days I prefer about a 7 for boots, 7-8 for bindings, 7-8 for board.
I used to think I really liked stiff setups but that's mostly because I was a wannabe jerry who thought going fast in straight lines made me an expert. I own a pair of pretty damn stiff boots (Thirtytwo TM2 XLTs) and those things are way too burly for everyday riding. Splitboarding only.
im stil on sorells with contact pros on FA. so i guess 1/5/6 ?
havent used the vans infuse at all last 2 months.
Boots: No more than medium, SLX-type flex, tops. I need easy ankle articulation, to me stiff boots feel like I'm in a cast, I can't even ride in them.
Bindings: Softish base plate with more responsive highback/power to the heel edge especially. Union Ultra hits the sweet spot for me, B Genesis X is pretty close too although a bit firmer underfoot.
Boards: Med-stiff, soft boards no bueno.
Like Spencer I want the same exact boot/binding interface for every board I ride. And to his point about how much energy a rider puts into his equipment, the only time I ever ride slow is with my wife and daughter. And even then I'm typically flexing the board like a mofo, doing spastic flat ground shit to keep myself entertained.
I like boots from mid stiff to stiff for different appliances, but a broken in ion is the perfect boot stiffness for all around riding. I can use the Nitro teams and malavitas fir almost every purpose, but I find I can't quite get the input to my 162 PYL from the teams and prefer a stiffer binding. The teams are doable, but for the aggressive riding the PYL asks for, the Teams have just a bit of that ankle strap mushiness and sideways flex and that can be a bitch in low latency quick and critical situations. Enough responsive to handle a responsive smaller and lighter board, like the Kazu 157 though.
I love softer but not quite noodle jib stick boards, like the Niche Knew and überspoon I have. Those work best with slightly looser strapped ions and malavitas perfectly. On freeride missions I want the support of the Teams and put those on the über. Killer combo for anything.
I busted my ankle and have been using the capital boots for more support, but they limit casual freestyle riding too much.