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02-16-2011 10:07 PM
Toecutter Hey how about velcro bindings?! Light, grippy, quick...

02-16-2011 09:00 PM
tj_ras Steel may not be the only magnetic metal but the lightest most comparable to the wieght of binding would be aluminum, and thats not magnetic.

Remember in order to have a proper magnetic grip, the metal your griping HAS to be a certain thickness no mater how powerfull tbe magnet, example look at the giant scrapyard magnet u guys are using as a comparison, notice all the thinner metal just falls off. Any metal you use will be heavier then the wieght of plastic and foam bindings so yes youll add about 3 times the weight and the shock absorbtion would then be all in your boots and centralized to werever the magnet and metal meet making a localized pressure point.

So weight saving is outa the question.
02-16-2011 08:28 PM
Originally Posted by kaborkian View Post
HEAVY. Oh yea, and it would be HEAVY. You know, STEEL.
Steel isn't the only magnetic metal.
02-16-2011 06:11 PM
kaborkian HEAVY. Oh yea, and it would be HEAVY. You know, STEEL.
02-16-2011 05:56 PM
freshy 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.
02-16-2011 05:13 PM
supham 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...
02-16-2011 04:51 PM
Snowfox 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

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)
02-16-2011 04:33 PM
Toecutter 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?
02-16-2011 04:31 PM
tj_ras 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.
02-16-2011 04:18 PM
Zak 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.
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