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Old 03-25-2010, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought a pair of CO2 bindings last week. The only problem is when I go to put my board in my travel bag, the high backs extend out over the board when I fold them down. I'm barely able to squeeze my board in, but it stretches the bag. I'm worried about traveling with it that way. One good hit on the bindings and either the binding or my board might get damaged. Has anyone else run into this and found a solution? The only thing I can think of would be to unmount and remount my bindings every time I fly anywhere. Which would be a pain in the ass.
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I bought a pair of CO2 bindings last week. The only problem is when I go to put my board in my travel bag, the high backs extend out over the board when I fold them down. I'm barely able to squeeze my board in, but it stretches the bag. I'm worried about traveling with it that way. One good hit on the bindings and either the binding or my board might get damaged. Has anyone else run into this and found a solution? The only thing I can think of would be to unmount and remount my bindings every time I fly anywhere. Which would be a pain in the ass.
Is the bag padded? It sounds pretty fitted.

Personally, I don't like flying anywhere with my bindings attached to the board, and I fly with a big padded travel case with a hardened bottom at the tip and tail. It's just another potential stress point for damage to occur. Like you said, one good hit and where is that force going to go? I also stuff a lot of my gear and clothing in that bag to act as extra padding. I unmount the bindings for travel, pack them nicely in some clothes to protection of my board, and remount prior to going to the hill. I have a sleeve bag that I pack away just for toting the board to the hill and back. A tighter squeeze, but not for long haul trips.

Maybe you just need a bigger bag...
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yeah, it's padded. i guess i'll just remove the bindings for travel. i hate messing with them. i'm always paranoid i'm going to cross thread one of the bolts. oh well.
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yeah, it's padded. i guess i'll just remove the bindings for travel. i hate messing with them. i'm always paranoid i'm going to cross thread one of the bolts. oh well.
Bolts are cheap ($5 Cdn gets a full replacement set generally), and if you find a nice tech in the rental shop at the hill, he might even just give you some for free if you're in a bind (pun intended). I'd rather that than risk other damage in transit (though that might just happen anyway regardless of whether or not you bindings were mounted).
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i'm not worried about the bolts. i'm worried about stripping the threads in the hole. happened to the water bottle mount on my mountain bike.
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you're not going to strip the holes in your board... unless you are tightening your screws with super-human strength. don't worry about it.
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cool. i'll just take them off to travel.
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I have CO2's and have the same problem. I just losen then screws right off and turn the binding to run the same direction as the board, then retighten it. Takes less than a minute to do and so much more piece of mind (plus the screws dont have potential to get lost).
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yeah i take off my co2's when i travel. if you're afraid to strip the threads, make sure you hand tighten them first and make sure it's on good. if it gets really tight before you get the screw down all the way, just undo it and try again. once it looks like it's on good, i'll use my tool to tighten it all the way. i've stripped a few bolts working on cars over the years and that's how i make sure they're on good.
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