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Question Anyone rocking "no-backs"?

As in bindings with the highback removed? I was talking highback stiffness with someone at a local board shop who said he knew a bunch of people who liked to ride "no-backs" as he called them. I laughed 'cause I thought he was #%$*ing with me...but he wasn't. He said you get a more "free and surfy" feel, especially good for riding pow. I might give it a shot next time I go up. I'll probably crash and burn and look like a dumbass (maybe he really was #%$*ing with me) haha. Anyone ever try this?

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sounds like a great way to break your ankles.
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it's different and definitely not recommended for people who don't know what the fuck they're doing

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If you like breaking back spines in your boots go for it.


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As in bindings with the highback removed? I was talking highback stiffness with someone at a local board shop who said he knew a bunch of people who liked to ride "no-backs" as he called them. I laughed 'cause I thought he was #%$*ing with me...but he wasn't. He said you get a more "free and surfy" feel, especially good for riding pow. I might give it a shot next time I go up. I'll probably crash and burn and look like a dumbass (maybe he really was #%$*ing with me) haha. Anyone ever try this?
Ha. I've never ridden without a highback but I sawed-down my first pair of bindings ('94 Kempers) as far as I could, to the highback adjustment slide. It wasn't unusual back then - at least in my circle of snowboarding friends. For me, the height of men's highbacks created WAY too much calf bite, especially when paired with the men's boots I had. Some people have since referred to my old "customization" as "no-backs" but I still had them...just at 5" high.

But those old Kemper bindings were a hard plastic material and binding tech now makes that unneccessary, at least for me. My Milans are at 8" and have enough flex to eliminate any calf bite. I see no need to "customize" them and wouldn't want to...they're too "pretty" haha.
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Surfy, as in sloppy? Highbacks give you more control and support the boot. Riding without them just makes you a hipster, ironically.

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nooope. I would like my boot spines to last longer than a week.

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Found this at Snurfers Journal in another thread http://www.snowboardingforum.com/sno...-whats-up.html. Now I can see how "no-backs" might be a cool feeling for pure pow surfing. And from their riding (skip ahead to 2:15), it doesn't really look like the loss in response is that much. Next epic pow day, I'm tryin' it.

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