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Zak 02-16-2011 02:47 PM

magnetic bindings?
So yeah, I heard about this in a popular mechanics or science or somethin a while back. I was curious about what you guys would think about this? and: how much would you pay for something like this?

just think-- you could step in, step out, and it would also work like skis do now. it could release when a certain amount of tension was put on it. I don't know about anyone else, but I think that something like this could change the face of the snowboarding industry.:thumbsup:

thoughts? :)

(also, someone's already pursuing a patent on this. just fyi.)

baldylox 02-16-2011 02:55 PM

:laugh: No. Never. $0

There is a reason step-in binders failed.

It would also be a pain in the ass to take the bindings off every time you wax.

Magnet + Heat = No Magnet

Donutz 02-16-2011 03:44 PM


Originally Posted by Zak (Post 376912)
...and it would also work like skis do now. it could release when a certain amount of tension was put on it.

I remember a few years back, some mutton-head in the legislature proposed making seat-belts mandatory for motorcycles. :eek: It would work just like cars do now!

It's NOT SUPPOSED TO work just like skis do now. I cannot think of a single fail where I wish the board had released.

LuckyRVA 02-16-2011 03:52 PM

If you can step in and out of them how will you keep them from releasing off your boot when you crash? The board will then turn into a mindless projectile going down the slope unless you rig it with those little prongs that ski bindings have. Which would look crazy stupid on a snowboard. :laugh:

Zak 02-16-2011 04:18 PM

or you could get a small leash for it. or a rope. not really all that expensive. or hard.

and i can think of a few times when i would've liked an automatic release on my snowboard. almost had to get new bindings.

oh well. i guess if no one would want it, then there's no point talking about it.

tj_ras 02-16-2011 04:31 PM

Are people really becoming that lazy that they cant rachet two bindings tight? I wouod not buy, ever. I put my feet in the hands of my racheting bindings with proper no release teeth.

Toecutter 02-16-2011 04:33 PM

I would love a step-in (step-on?) binding if it worked. Skooch onto the lift, then *snap* into place to ride off the ramp and head straight down the hill without pause. That'd be awesome. Magnets can be powerful enough to not release unintentionally (think wrecking yard heavy equipment) but I wonder if it would be excessively heavy? How do you get the right angles every time?

Snowfox 02-16-2011 04:51 PM

I wouldn't want it.

As someone said, I haven't had a single crash where I would have wanted my board to release. I'm sure you can come up with some scenarios, but those would definitely be very abnormal situations. I've watched skiers having so much fun trying to get back to their gear after they slide down the hill and it stopped :laugh:

Plus, if you had it on a leash with an intense enough crash, it suddenly turns into a projectile that's going to come back and hit YOU. No thanks personally.

(Don't take this personally. It's definitely an interesting idea, but I don't see a need to change what we have now. If you really hate strapping in after the lift, just grab some flows or something)

supham 02-16-2011 05:13 PM

I'm old and have had multiple knee surgeries with both ACLs replaced. I'm also new to snowboarding and the things I like abou it is both feet are locked in place. I've never had a knee tweaked. I would be worried that just one would release...

freshy 02-16-2011 05:56 PM

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The only positive things I can think of is if you had magnetic boots with no need for a binding you could change your stance super easy, and skating would be easier, and of course "strapping in" would be easy. But you'd have chunks of metal on or in the board.
If there would still be a binding plate or something mounted to the board the only advantage would be stepping in.
But realistically seems like it's damn near impossible. If it was an electro magnet like in junk yards I can see it releasing when you want it, but you'd have to have a battery somewhere on the board or on your person. When the battery died you'd be a no boarder.

IMO it is not a better idea than straps.

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