New for 2012 is the Rodeo binding that builds on Rides platform of aluminum based bindings. It has all their signature bells and whistles that you would expect as well. But for the most part even though this is a new binding it’s not its first Rodeo.
Board Used: Ride Slackcountry UL
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Conditions: Sunny blue skies with a minimum of 6 inches of powder but more depending on where you went.
Boots Used: K2 T1 DB Size 10
Binding Compatibility: For most people it wouldn’t be the ideal match.
Binding Adjustability: Wedgie footbeds, toe/heel quick adjustment, and forward lean as usual.
Straps: The heel strap has the cut out in it so you can flex more into it and it will contour around any boots shape. The toe strap is that urethane webbing that grips any boots toe box real well also.
Highbacks: Did their thing and worked real well with displacing the energy when driving into them.
Binding Flex: It’s still middle of the road in terms of the flex of the chassis but the heel strap with cut out in the middle really allows for more flex when you drive forward into your boot.
Ratchets: One finger quick release which is always a nice feature. As for getting on and off no problems at all.
Rider in Mind: More geared towards a person that likes to jib but still ride the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: Some people might have found this binding too under-powering for the Slackcountry UL but for me it worked out well since you could really flex into turns and slash the pow. Over all the performance of it was super solid and there weren’t any issues at all.
What They Say: Core mobility and premium flexibility for jib time enjoyment and freestyle action. Get added drive and a boost of ollie pop with the Wedgie 2.5 footbeds and the excellent side-to-side flex of the Stealth highback. Complete with the new Infinity chassis and 3D ThinGrip toe strap. Ideal for core freestyle riders seeking all time fun, strap into the new Rodeo and give it a whirl.
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