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I am 6ft 160 pounds. i ride a 158 rome...

I am 6ft 160 pounds. i ride a 158 rome agent (traditional camber, fairly stiff board) and wear size 10.5 DC boots.. my shoe size seems to be inbetween sizes for most binding companies, any advice towards which way i should go with the size is appreciated.

ive been riding a really old model of flow bindings forever, which are pretty stiff as well. but they just broke the other day... I was thinking about trying a binding less stiff so i can have more fun in the park with jibs and tweaking out grabs, but i also want stability for hitting big jumps and trying bigger spins. how much of a difference is there between types of bindings? and do i want to have a stiff binding to match a stiff board? I also love the convenience of the flows, i notice i get more laps in the park than anyone else, but if traditional bindings really are better then i will seriously consider them in order to progress my skill, and i guess they are cheaper.

ive heard a bunch of good things about union naturally. and research has lead me to the forces, but the contact and contact pro look sexy as well. which sounds best for my riding style and the gear i have now?

ive even heard good news about burton bindings too. (i usually stay away from burton and their expensive overrated snowboards) what do burton bindings have going for them that union doesnt? or vice versa. they are usually talking about something to do with a better feel of the board under your feet or something that makes the board flex more natural...

i havent gotten new bindings in a while as you see, so ive got lots of questions. but any help and feedback is much appreciated. I want to make a good investment. thanks

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Lemme break it down like this.... Union makes the BEST binder on the market for price, comfort and style in my opinion. I ride a Rome Machine 154W with a pair of Union Contacts (but I do own the Force's aswell) and I love my set-up. Switch up from Contact's to Force's depending on the place we are riding at. But my Contact's are my go-to binders. Traditional cambered deck with a 'park specific' binder is a great feel for my style of riding. I like a stiffer board with softer binders. Union is really the only company I will buy for binders as of now. You get the same tech, if not better, for a lower price point. Life time warranty on base plates and depends on what you broke, Union is not stingy about helpin you out. Ive ridden every binder Union has out right now and they are all sweet. If you have a Agent and want to progress I would say either the Force's or the Contact's for sure. The Force's are like a 3.5/5 and the Contact's are like 2.5/5. Both will hold through pow, trees and still allow you to flex your park muscles. Also the Contact's only touch 18% of you board, so it allows your deck to flex more naturally. Thats what I absolutely love that about them, you feel like your always in control. So really you can't go wrong with either one. Really you can't go wrong with any binder they have out. Oh and the Contact Pro is Gigi's sig binder. High back is a little stiffer, but still gives you a softer flexing strap, but will still be there for you when you need to power out of stuff. You will no be dissapointed with any binder you get from Union. Hope this helps bro