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Reflex R Type

NandoNando Posts: 524 Crazy Baller
edited August 2012 in Skis Fins Bindings
Anyone skiing with a Reflex R Type rear boot? It looks kind of appealing- a little more flexibility than a standard rear binding but much more secure than a strap. I've been on double boots for years and can't see going back to a toe strap, but this looks interesting. Going to try a hard shell system and I think it's either this or Jaeger's E boots. Tried some Stradas on and they felt pretty good, too. Advice?


  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,770 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Love the R style. I was on Powershells for years until I broke my ankle. Went to Strada's for a season, but really wanted something stiffer. I had wanted to go to Reflex for the release, but had not pulled the trigger b/c I didn't want to go back to a rubber rear. When the R style came out I jumped on it. I really like it and have no plans on even trying anything else.

    As an aside, I have had several releases where I believe the Reflex release saved my ankle. (vs. my old Powershells)
  • T8skierT8skier Posts: 82 Baller
    @Mr.Jones. Would the reflex R saved my Achilles ?
  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,770 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Of course there is no way to answer that.

    In "my" case the fall that has gotten me in the past is a big unload into my toe side with the tip biting and and a big OTF. In THAT situation the majority of the pull comes on your front ankle. The "both in" systems release more from back foot pull and aren't as sensitive to this type of fall. I have had a grade III ankle sprain and a broken ankle from this over the years on powershells.

    Maybe the type of binding you choose should depend on your most common type of fall??? As always, no system is all bad or perfectly safe. Plenty of power shell users have no problems and guys have torn stuff up in Reflex. You mileage may vary. Just giving my experience.
  • bhsbhs Posts: 280 Baller
    I Have the r style as well and really like it. What I like best is the reflex front boot. It's comfortable, feet never cramp and I have had a number of OTFs where I thought this is going to hurt and then I hear a loud click and I find my self in the water looking for my ski pain free. So far no injuries and I'm on my third or fourth year. A number of people have been hurt with the reflex boot on this board, Horton is one of them.... I think he might have been a dealer at one time... Could be wrong on that.
    Here is what I don't like. I got mine used. I think it was one of the first attempts at the R style and it uses three bolts drilled into the reflex carbon plate. The guy I got it from had the back boot 1.5" from the front and severely rotated. Every time I want to adjust I have to drill new holes. I'm not that kinda guy. I would rather buy something already drilled. But cuz I like the system so much I'm forced to drill and tinker. Really, I can't imagine using anything else other then maybe the Radar Strada boots. Hope that helps
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,496 Crazy Baller
    @Mr.Jones - Is the new Reflex system what you are referring when talking about the Reflex R Type rear boot? I am also interested in a system I feel will release the front foot in exactly the situation your described where you broke your ankle. I did the same thing and ended up with ATR.
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,496 Crazy Baller
    Now I see the Reflex R rear boot on Seth's web site. But, are they still being made? I did not see them on the Reflex web site. If you were buying new, would you consider the 2012 system, 2 boots with the white cuff?
  • Brian_MBrian_M Posts: 54 Baller
    @Zman Look under 'Shop' on the reflex site and scroll down.
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,496 Crazy Baller
    @Brian M. - thanks! Looks like I have a lot of options with Reflex! Do you use Reflex? If so, what was your experience going from rubber to shells?
  • bhsbhs Posts: 280 Baller
    @Zman another option is to call H20 osmosis. They sell Reflex and Seth Stisher was on an Rtype at one time. Good customer service and they can help you.
  • bhsbhs Posts: 280 Baller
    @zman actually they have GREAT customer service. Recently needed to replace the foam backing on the back of my carbon plate. They sent it to me no charge. Always willing to answer questions and have good selection.
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,496 Crazy Baller
    @bhs You read my mind! I skied a couple days with Seth this spring and had also thought he would be great to consult with about the Reflex. And, purchase from him if that is the way I go. Maybe even go try a few set ups with him next spring after I get my ski legs under me again.
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,496 Crazy Baller
    @Horton John, do you have any info from your experience with Reflex? If so, would that be even fair comparison to what the current Reflex designs are?
    I'm looking for protection from stuffing the tip on my off-side (to go along with me correcting that stupid tendency).
  • bhsbhs Posts: 280 Baller
    @Zman not sure what Horton will tell you if he responds but he now uses the Radar Strada binding and has said many times that it is the best binding for him.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,001 Mega Baller
    @Zman Horton busted his ankle in a reflex some years back.
    As for the RStyle I think it is a good mix if you want hard shell rear control with a more RTP feel. I personally ride a reflex front and RTP and lace the set up. I would like to try the RStyle at some point. I know people that love it.
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,496 Crazy Baller
    @MattP Thanks for the info. Maybe this spring I run over to Seth's place and try the Reflex double boot set up and the single boot with R Style rear and see what I like best.
    Still would be curious if John thought the boot was a factor - or just one of those situations that happen.
    I really like the idea of my front foot being able to release if it needs to.
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,496 Crazy Baller
    @bhs Thanks. I will be focusing on the Radar Strada boots and the Reflex options as next season approaches. Would love to also hear from @Horton regarding his thoughts comparing the two, performanca and particularly the safety.
  • MAD11MAD11 Posts: 578 Crazy Baller
    @zman I just ordered a R type boot. Can let you know how it goes in a month or so.
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,117
    I wish someone would give feedback on Reflex Skis. Love the look of the Hybrid Model on display at Nationals. Lightest ski I have ever seen, with the best polished Carbon finish yet. A real work of art. Almost to pretty to ski on.
    Special Thanks to Performance Ski and Surf and the Denali Adam's !!!
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,770 Administrator
    @Zman @MattP that is not exactly true. I was hurt in a binding similar to Reflex. I do not think there were any parts on the binding that actually came from Reflex.

    The pros love the reflex system. As an old guy with a really bad ankle I use something else.

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  • Alberto SoaresAlberto Soares Posts: 308 Solid Baller
    edited August 2012
    I have been using the reflex front and r-style back for the last year. Before that skied with double goode PS for many years. Needed a couple months to adapt as it feels harder than PS, but after many hard falls and OTFs I am very happy with them. I would like to say also that the double PS in my opinion is a fine and safe system, at least for me, the problem is the dual lock, you never know how it will release.
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,496 Crazy Baller
    @Horton @Alberto Thanks for the info guys.
    I even think my old Animals would have given me better odds of not having the ATR. But, the new one I was using when it happened just seemed to really lock on my front heal, which seemed sort of odd for a rubber boot. So, I have not ruled them out altogether. I skied safe in Animals for about 10 years, including earlier years where OTF's and stuffing the tip was a little more common occurence.
  • DWDW Posts: 2,022 Mega Baller
    Zman, what Animal are you specifically referring to (I think year should detail the specifics of the binding) as I use Animals and am considering updating to the newer overlay to stiffen the sides of the binding and also thinking of the Reflex as an alternative. Thanks.
  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,770 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    FYI. Masterline is now selling the (exact) same boots and releases. I believe the price is better as well. Send those guys some business.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,001 Mega Baller
  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,770 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    They were at Nats. Just starting.
  • KelvinKelvin Posts: 1,149 Mega Baller
    Yea, I was planning on buying a new boot and liner for my older 404 setup. From Reflex, I would have had to flip the rear tab to get it to work. With Masterline, the boots don't have the tab on them yet so it will will be set up from ML to work on the older 404 release and it was much less than Reflex.
    Kelvin Kelm, Lakes of Katy, Katy Texas
  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,409 Crazy Baller
    Can you pivot the rear R style boot?
    When I switched to a Reflex a number of years ago, I was told (by Remi I think), that it was not a good idea to have the Silveretta release on the back foot also, due to the dangers of a 1 in 1 out type of fall, so I still ski on a rubber back boot. Very interested in the R style though.
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,496 Crazy Baller
    @DW I believe the Animal front boot I was using that hugged my heal very tight is a 2010 model.
    Before that I was using the old red, white and black Animal boot, a 2005 model. The older boot would always give some. In an OTF I almost always came right out. In the very few times I did not, my foot at least came part way out.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,001 Mega Baller
  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 806 Crazy Baller
    I will be setting up a couple r style rear bindings this week. wondering how the rear heel measurement compares to rubber bindings. Any sugestions. When i tried one early this spring i had trouble finding the sweet spot.
    Mike Erb Cedar Ridge Canton Miss.
    Horton is my hero
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