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Old 11-17-2007, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been riding since the 80's, but I've been out of it for the last 7 years since I live on Maui.

What are those toe cup binding straps for?

Are they just for freestyle, pipe?

Are they any good for all mountain riding?

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Old 11-17-2007, 10:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Im from hawaii too! oahu to be exact, nice to see some islander boarders around.

To tell you the truth I don't know what your talking about, but I thought I would just say hi too since im from hawaii and all.
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Are these what your talking about? The toe strap?
Burton Super Capstrap from Backcountry.com

Its just a new version of the toe strap. The cap strap is supposed to keep your heel locked back while keeping your toes locked down. It can be good for anything, just like the regular toe strap. Some people like them, some people don't.
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah I finally decided to start spending money on traveling so I can play in the snow again. We are heading to Colorado in Feb.

I was looking at some burton bindings the other day, and the toe strap had this little cup thing on it so it grabed the toe of the boot instead of going across the toes.

I didn't know if that was a pipe thing or what.
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Yeah that's what I mean.....
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yep, what kind of burton bindings you get? Personally I like the cap strap but they are convertible so that you can change it up to make it a regular toe strap if necessary.
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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They're called cap straps. They're just a different way of holding your toes into the bindings. I'm personally kind of torn on whether or not I like them, but eh, only time will tell.
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:59 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have not personally ridden the Burton cap straps but my Ride SPIs have a similar design. The toe strap actually stretches around the toe of my boot a little bit when cranked down. Two things I noticed that are on the top of the advantages list is it lowers the possibility of a pressure point in your feet, and that it really sinks your heel back in the binding, especially if you have your high backs leaned forward pretty well. I personally love them and the Burton version looks to me like they would hold you in even better (but as I've said, I've never used em). The bindings I rode previously had a habit of making the top of my feet a little sore towards the end of a long day.
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i just got my first set of cap straps, on burton cartels.

they take a bit of getting used to as they feel quite different. but i like them

i understand that aside from their gimmicky aspect,
they can hold your foot pushed into the heelcup (but the ankle strap does that anyways);
they do remove any pressure point from pinching your toes (altho good fitting boots and binders should do this anyways);

but i think primarily, the cap strap ensures that the foot is bound to the board at their extreme, which in turn provides the optimal amount of response, due to a few centimeters extra torsional length.
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Old 11-18-2007, 09:37 AM   #10 (permalink)
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There are a few binding companies that have a combination toe stap that you can use as a cap strap or as a traditionl toe strap. Also, I think there are some companies that include bothe a cap strap and a traditional toe strap.
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