#584670
Eric
60 Posts

I used to ride a Super model with plates. Fun, but definatly turny and skiddish (for me). Narrow waist, but also a deep sidecut. I’d venture to say the Freeride would be similar, but haven’t been on one.

I have a Voile 171 Gun with modified Cateks (see my Gun mods thread in the Board Review’s). Very damp, and for a guy used to riding stiff BX/ GS boards, not all that stiff really. Did I mention it was damp? Super quite on the gromers with moderate speed, and it switches edge to edge rather well, quicker them my Supermodel used to, granted that was with Burton Carrier plates on it. Very easy to ride, and I think I’d feel undergunned with something softer. I’m about 150-160lbs, 5’10″ish. Not super lively felling, but very predictable. I actually don’t feel the width that much over a 24cm waisted Donek Incline.

I think you could get the TD1’s to work, but I’d drop everything save the toe and heel blocks, bails and throw. You might have to shim them off the slider plate to prevent the shoulders of the bails from rubbing (they extend lower then the blocks), but its fialry easy. Hell, thats what Fin did with the Bomber Split binding!. If your foot is over 27, you might not be able to mount the plate. I’m a 26. and used the last holes on the Voile plate with my Catek mod.

I haven’t been in softboots for years, so its hard to comment, but if you are riding plates, I think you would be happy on the Gun. 😉