Starsky wrote:[quote="sijandyOk, personally, of those things you mentioned, only the insert reinforcement would be relevent to using bindings i think. Flex and rocker should'nt be a factor (assuming average flex).
Flex has a huge impact. In a stiffer board the stiff plate of the binding base is less likely to both torque out your inserts or beak the board at the edge of the plate.
You dont have to believe it, but thats the way it is.
Only on a board that has huge flex all the way through, if like many boards it doesn't really flex much until the tips then it doesn't make too much difference as the additional stiffness of the binding plate bolted to the deck helps reduce flex.
Flexy boards are just generally less compatible with the style of riding that being locked into boots promotes. With your feet locked in with the extra control that offers, a more constant and predictable rocker curve just feels better.
That's just your opinion not fact, for me bindings don't promote any particular style of riding... the rider does that. I've used bindings since day1 and there just outright better than straps in almost everyway so i use them on a number of different boards for different types of riding.