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Obrien Elite Bindings

KDKKDK Posts: 4
edited July 2010 in Skis Fins Bindings
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Hello everyone,  I am new around here and was just wondering when Obrien is going to be coming out with their new Elite shell bindings.  Their website has not been updated for a little bit and I was wondering if anyone had a date.  I just broke my rear binding an looking for some new options.  I have never had shell bindings before, but would like to try some.  If anyone has an opinion about another shell binding or if they have seen an elite binding please share.
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  • HO 410HO 410 Posts: 351 Baller
    Last time I talked to a an Obrien dealer, the Elites will not be ready for this year.
    The Prodigy is shipping and is a very nice boot.
    Nikon D80, 50mm f 1.8, Tokina 12-24mm... Sorry, wrong forum. Josh T.
  • Bud ManBud Man Posts: 254
    A ski shop told me they sent all of theirs back because the did not like them.
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 746 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    The Elite bindings are still in development and won't be ready this summer. I'm not sure where you heard that Bud Man? No dealers have seen the Elites yet.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,757 Administrator
    Too much Bud ?

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  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,285 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Bud, check out the prodigy's. I am eagerly waitin for mine, when they arrive, no more Velcro no more power shells! Got to give them a hands on and they are sweet!
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  • ScarletArrowScarletArrow Posts: 801 Crazy Baller
    Anyone have a review / pictures of the Prodigy?
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  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,285 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    There are pics on the obrien website, they are similiar looking to the strada, but stiffer laterally and the release (foot out release) works different.  Berry Berry Nice Man
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  • HO 410HO 410 Posts: 351 Baller
    edited July 2010
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    The pair I saw were too small to try on, let alone ski. The guy that bought them is coming off of Fogmans. He felt the Prodigy boots are more responsive but are balanced enough that the ski does not go crazy if you are a little sloppy.
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    The Pordigy is a little more streamlined, but not by much. The big difference from the RS-1/Strada is that the Prodigy uses a velcro strap across the ankle. Becaue the entire length of the strap is covered in velcro, I would not anticipate it breaking loose in a fall. The guy that does ski them told me he did not feel much need to pull the strap particularly tight and does not feels comfortable with how the boots are going to release.
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    Nikon D80, 50mm f 1.8, Tokina 12-24mm... Sorry, wrong forum. Josh T.
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,285 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    They will release just fine, the back of the boot has a sort of expansion joint that spreads under force! Very clever system
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  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 746 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    edited July 2010
    As with any binding, if you overtighten them they might not release. If you wear the strap at a normal tightness, you'll have a much better chance of releasing. When Cale first got his he didn't believe that he would release in a fall, so he tried this on-land test:


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  • StevenSteven Posts: 307 Baller
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    That looks cool! It looks like the rear panel expands to allow for release. Cool idea!
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  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,822 Mega Baller
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    Steven wrote:   <span></span>"That looks cool! It looks like the rear panel expands to allow for release. Cool idea!"
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    Isn't this the same concept on the Strada bindings...    They have a rubber heal to the shell allowing for expansion to pass the liner/foot heal through the ankle opening during a release.     These look just like the Radar binding but with a strap instead of the elastic draw strings.   
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  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,285 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Part of the strada's release system is the stretchable laces, if they are to tight, no release. The prodigy has the strap which will help avoid over tightening, they are much stiffer binding than the strada so u can have more control without needing to over tighten, just my two cents, they do look similar, but quite different when examined closely
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  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,822 Mega Baller
    good info, skidawg.
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  • StevenSteven Posts: 307 Baller
    My thoughts exactly skidawg! It looks like the fit and feel of the Prodigy will give you the same "locked in" feeling as a true hard shell system. I know that I could get used to the feel of the Strada boot over time, but I've been in FM Hard shells for so long, that the looser feeling around the ankle is foreign to me. It looks like the rear panel is the key release component of the Prodigy. I may be wrong, Just my analogy from viewing the video. They look real nice!
  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,770 Open or 55K Rated Skier
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    I feel like I need to step in a defend the Strada's a bit. A few people (who haven't ridden them) have told me they are too soft. I believe they think this because they typically grab the cuff and bend it side to side without the liners in to check them out. They do feel really soft that way in comparison to Reflex or Powershells, but when the liners are in they are much stiffer.
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    The Obrien's may be great as well. I would not want to feel too "locked in" though when your release mechanism is the stretch of the binding to let you out. 
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    I would put them somewhere between my old Animals and my recent double Reflex set up. That is not a bad place to be by the way. Horton had been telling me for a while that I would like them. He was right. 
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  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,141 Mega Baller
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    How do the Prodigy or Elites bolt to a plate?
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    I am wondering if a good setup for them might be to mount to a G10 plate and any tip biting fall the plate would release like a powershell?
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    The video shows a release out the front but sometimes the ski will trap you in and needs to release the other way.
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    thoughts?
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  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,141 Mega Baller
    I am 12 reg.
    What size would I wear?
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,571 Mega Baller
    I tried the Prodigy's on last week. I am a 10.5 and could barely get the 10's on. The O'briens are a much narrower foot bed than my RS=1. I did really like how the heel last felt.
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  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,285 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    I am a size 11 and had to get a size 12. Go up one size if you have a normal width foot, you may want bigger if it super wide (foot)
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  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,428 Crazy Baller
    I wear a 7.5 shoe and had a hard time getting the size 9 Prodigy on my foot. Super narrow. JP :)
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,141 Mega Baller
    Anyone care to review the Elite's vs Prodigy vs RS1 etc....

    Who is selling them?
  • rq0013rq0013 Posts: 556 Baller
    The elites are not out until the spring, I would hold off on buying bindings and wait to see if they work because they look sweet. 
    Rob Quetschke
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