Old binding finally broke - what to do?
I'm very experienced (snowboarding for 11 years, ski'd for 7 before that), however I'm a college student and in the past my parents have bought my equipment. As this is the case, I've always ridden very economical options - in my 10 years I've only owned two different snowboards, only reason I upgraded was size as I grew.
I'm currently riding a 163 lamar board with lamar boots and k2 bindings. This entire setup is more than 5 years old, and the k2 bindings are crap. They'd broken once in the past probably 3 or 4 years ago, the ankle strap on my back foot. Now the replacement strap broke, but this time the screw came loose and the strap actually fell off. I was able to recover the strap, but not the hardware. I know K2 is not a very big snowboard company or is not very popular at the least, so I think it will be hard to find the hardware if it is even possible. I need a rectangular piece with threads to go on the inside of the bindings so that a screw or bolt can be screwed in and hold the strap. So far, I have not been able to find these binding anywhere online, and it is possible that they are no longer made.
What can I do about this? I see a few options:
Hope to find the correct piece
Try to find CHEAP second hand bindings
Buy new and nice bindings - If I did this, I'd probably get an entire new set up (currently don't have the funds for this)
--Ghetto rig something inplace of the strap, could use cord, spectra, even duct tape as a temporary fix
Little more background info for ya. I'm a 21 yr old college student, originally from Minnesota, now going to school in North dakota. I don't get out much because of my location. Every spring break since I was 3 I've been out the the rocky mountains for a week vacation (mainly lake tahoe and colorado areas). Recently switched to a duck footed stance 15/-15
Now in North dakota, I'm in to snowKiting. Basically we fly big kites to catch the wind and snowboard on flat ground. Youtube it if you are not familiar it is an awesome sport! IMO more fun than regular snowboarding.
I'm leaning towards ghetto rigging it for now to finish off the snowkiting season. In snowkiting you mostly ride on your heal edge, so my back food don't give too much pressure on that area.