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Old 05-11-2012, 02:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been snowboarding for 10 years now and have always wondered if there are bindings which will allow my feet to move slightly. When I surf, my front foot tends to come up so that the outer half of my foot is off the board and the inner (toe side) is planted in the board. I also adjust the angle of my feet while surfing and skating.
I just feel so constricted in my foot placement on the snowboard and would love bindings that allow some movement. I don't do jumps so I would think that some movement would be okay.
Also, I have seen other boarders on the slopes with binding straps that appear to just flip over the boot without requiring locking in the strap. What are these called and who makes them?
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One of the main reasons you don't want play in your bindings is because the speed is much greater than most skating and surfing. But also the way a surfboard and skateboard turn are very different to snowboards. The edge on the snowboard is much more specific than on a surfboard, and trucks on your sk8 is just different physics entirely. Check out the new NOW bindings, they move a little.

Not sure what you mean about those straps, but check out Flow, they are the most popular non-traditional binding strap alternative(GNU and K2 have similar offerings). Also Ride made Contrabands but I have a feeling they are going to stop because the design was inherently flawed.
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Now IPO will be the closest. Or just don't ratchet your bindings tight.
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I just found a picture from an old TW Snowboarding mag on the floor @ my moms house this morning.

I don't think you could ever find them, since the add was actually asking to buy them back from people.

I'll try & take a pic of the pic.

Otherwise make or buy a No-board, makin' one is way more fun.

I'm just working on my DIY Rockered Swallowtail No-Board.

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If you could find one, which I don't think anyone could.

I think she'd be worth a few bucks, circa 1978.

But there are the bindings you want.

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Not sure what you mean about those straps, but check out Flow, they are the most popular non-traditional binding strap alternative(GNU and K2 have similar offerings). Also Ride made Contrabands but I have a feeling they are going to stop because the design was inherently flawed.
What was wrong with the Contrabands?
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The problem with the Contrabands is that that front strap goes over your big toe in the front, and the INSIDE of your foot in the binding. There are probably problems with putting the strap on the outside, but with the strap on the inside, there is nothing besides the ankle strap (which it does not do, nor is it designed to do) to hold the entire outside edge of your sole down. In heavy pow on a cambered board when you are leaning back, not only are conditions ripe, but you lift your foot and allow snow in there. Same thing can happen buttering.

Snow builds up in there till it gets as tall as the little triangle on the outside of your foot, then pops out, the entire process is very uncomfortable. Even if you aren't doing these things, on a real mountain in real conditions, riding all day, snow will build up in there, especially the front foot if you like to ride more than 2 runs without taking your board off.

I know some people like them, I sold em to a kid who was on his 3rd or 4th pair and he was stoked.

They would be great urban bindings for stair running, where you are taking them off constantly.
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The problem with the Contrabands is that that front strap goes over your big toe in the front, and the INSIDE of your foot in the binding. There are probably problems with putting the strap on the outside, but with the strap on the inside, there is nothing besides the ankle strap (which it does not do, nor is it designed to do) to hold the entire outside edge of your sole down. In heavy pow on a cambered board when you are leaning back, not only are conditions ripe, but you lift your foot and allow snow in there. Same thing can happen buttering.

Snow builds up in there till it gets as tall as the little triangle on the outside of your foot, then pops out, the entire process is very uncomfortable. Even if you aren't doing these things, on a real mountain in real conditions, riding all day, snow will build up in there, especially the front foot if you like to ride more than 2 runs without taking your board off.

I know some people like them, I sold em to a kid who was on his 3rd or 4th pair and he was stoked.

They would be great urban bindings for stair running, where you are taking them off constantly.
Coincidentally, size 9-11 Nitranes with the 11-13 thong strap are one of my favorite bindings of all time...
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