The Ride Maestro is a great binding for the price. Even though it’s borderline expensive you get a lot of tech. The Maestro is basically a softer freestyle focused version of the El Hefe. The 2012 and 2013 are very similar but the 2013 and 2014 has a softer high back and the new smaller disc called a micro disc. They are the call over the old models.
Riders: James, Peter, Ginger
Boots: Burton Ion and can’t remember what Peter and Ginger were riding.
Boards: Ride Buck Up
Flex: Love this Med flex. It’s nice and twisty but still has good snap from heel to toe and vice versa.
Adjustability: Pretty decent adjustability that wraps well around your boot.
Comfort: Other than the pinching toe strap we all liked how the rest of the binding fit around your boots. It was an easy comfortable ride.
Turn Initiation: Ride boards are not the softest boards out there so even a Freestyle focused binding from Ride like the Maestro can bend many all mountain boards very well
Buttering: The Maestro has the new chassis that allows for more board flex and better leverage than the old chassis. Since most of the Maestro doesn’t touch the board a smaller disc makes for better response and better turn initiation so even with the softer high back the response is the same or better.
Boot Support: We all liked how the ankle strap wrapped around the boot well and it had nice support but was still tweakable. The toe strap brought the heel into the cup but we didn’t like the side pinching.
Ratchet System: Not bad. Much better than the cheaper bindings in Rides line.
Shock Absorption: It also has a great foot bed that is very shock absorbent and very damp. It also has a cant to allow for much better leg alignment and leverage with the board.
All in all we are very impressed with the Ride Maestro binding and feel it’s a solid choice for anyone looking for an aggressive freestyle binding. Ride also has a 2 hole disc to accommodate Burton’s 2 Channel system boards.