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Old 01-04-2012, 01:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been working on some binding designs. I've had a couple people say they would be good for BX.

What are some good BX events which would be good to go to meet some of the people doing this?
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I ride boarderx every year around here and love it. I ride Burton Triads. Second place twice in the last 2 events we've had and took first 3 times in prelims. What is the design and why would it benefit me to the point I'd want to remove my current bindings and buy yours?

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I don't think the designs are to the point that they'll be replacing what your on now. I've just been playing around with some ideas and seeing where they go.

I'm looking to go in person because people are hyper critical on forums and you don't have that back and forth where ideas can come out. Any suggestions on events?

Here's what I've been working on so far.

3-strap remake:
Snowboard 3-Strap

3-strap with cant/lift adjustment:
Cant-Lift: Soft

3-strap on a bomber plate system:
Soft Boot Platform
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nice hinge just what you need
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The 3 strap system instantly turns me off from it and as far as the canting system goes there's others here that have posted a much easier (simpler) design.

As far as the BoarderX, you still are going to lose lateral movement in a different way than we'd have riding traditional bindings. Contrary to what some may think, boarderx is not just high speed turns and absorbing rollers, its also pre-olling and micro adjustments than I would most certainly not feel comfortable doing with the 3rd strap. Another thing is the position of the middle strap, if you're going to have the highback strap, the position of the middle strap seems like it wouldn't accomplish much other than adding weight. I can't tell it may be the way the binding is designed that makes it look like the middle strap is so far forward compared to traditional bindings.

Look at it like this. Snowboarding has progressed at an insane speed, but the binding itself hasn't changed very much in terms of overall design. Obviously little things have happened, highbacks changed and the ultra-low backs went away (to my basement), being able to get into the bindings changed with Flow and K2 among others. Just as clickers died off slowly, the 2 strap system hasn't, it just works. I'm not saying there can't be further innovations, I just think less is more. It just keeps coming back to the 3rd strap and I really don't like the idea of 3 straps, can't stress this enough. Binding designs like what JF Pelchat is doing with "NOW" to me are interesting and makes me want to at least try it. Not trying to hate but this doesn't.

The last time I was at Boston Mills (I live about 20 minutes away) a buddy brought these up, so yeah you have gotten the word out there a bit but he only heard the name he wasn't aware of the 3rd strap until I told him about it, and for lack of a better phrase he "wasn't interested". Again, improvements in snowboarding are a good thing but only if it's a true improvement without any significant loss of movement/flexability/etc. If you want to wow someone with a design, look back at what's been done and the changes that were made. Highbacks, baseplates and canting, materials, etc.

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Old 01-06-2012, 08:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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You're right about the middle strap. It becomes kind of useless once you put the 3rd strap on. It sounds like you know what you are talking about. I live down in Columbus. I have a buddy up in Aurora and I'm going up to visit him. Could I give you a call? general@rockerbinding.com 614.738.1-three-eight-0. I'd love to talk about it and if you're interest I could bring a pair up. I'm not set on the 3 strap. If there is something better then I think it should be done.

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