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Old 10-15-2012, 10:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default No highbacks? Switchback bindings.

Switchback is showing a binding model without highbacks. In their ads, they suggest that no highback in powder promotes a more surfy feel.

This sounds interesting. So, I took a hacksaw to an older pair of Burton P1's.
and cut the highbacks down to about 3" high.

Has anyone tried powder with no highbacks. I think maybe it would not be so good on groomed or hard snow. But in powder, hmmmm. Could be something there.

I started riding in mid 90's with very soft floppy boots and floppy bindings and it was very surfy in feel. Since then as I've upgraded my stuff, that loose feeling that I liked is harder to come by.

Any thoughts?
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I know kids who have been riding backless for years, they just rip the fuckers out. They enjoy this for all-mountain, especially park!

These were younger guys who shred places like Breck and don't suck, so its not a huge suprise that this kind of thing is going on and has graduated to a brand like Switchback.

Not sure it's for me, but I can definitely see trying it out in the powpow.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I tried riding without rear highback, when i broke it. It was possible, and it wasn't much difference, since i have front.

There's difference between surfy feel in powder and control on a freeride. I'd go for second. In 100% powder longer runs, you can try this, but better have not stiff binders and board.
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