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Forum Shaka 2013 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride
The Forum Shaka is a rocker friendly binding that doesn’t do a bad job. In the past, the Shaka was to us another binding out there with nothing special to offer. Now with the larger ankle strap and re:flex like tech very similar to Burton’s makes it a great do anything freestyle binding.
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The Forum Shaka is a step up in performance from the Republic mainly because of its large asymmetrical ankle strap and a great binding. It’s one of those bindings we could see using all year for freestyle to all mountain freestyle boards with a soft to medium flex.
The 2013 Forum Shaka is pretty much the same as 2012.
For 2012 not much The Shaka added a cant to the binding which is similar to Burton’s new tech. It has a softer material on the side closer middle part of the board to allow you to lean in without much pressure. It also makes for less stress on your ankles, knees, and hips. Even though Forum is a freestyle focused company and so is this binding it still has a mellow all mountain personality that will suit a wide variety of riders.
For 2011 the Shaka sparked our attention with its very new design. First off the Shaka removed almost everything they could from the base plate as Burton did with their bindings. They also added a new disc very similar to the new Burton Re:Flex Disc that flexes underfoot very well. Another thing is the Shaka has the same larger asymmetrical ankle strap. The on snow performance is very good for the price.
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Forum Shaka User Reviews
These are very comfortable and ultimately more fun to ride than my old Burton step-ins.
They provide a good balance for the intermediate rider. The flex is near perfect, very responsive for initiating turns but not too stiff that you catch an edge. After 5-6 years not hitting the slopes, I immediately felt at home riding my new setup.
The straps are easy to work with and don't create any pressure points.
Very happy with these bindings!