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What is Strewth?
The Strewth SLS is the natural evolution of the original "Step-In" snowboard bindings, combining the ease and speed of a step-in with the performance and feel of a traditional two strap binding. For those who don't know, "step-in" snowboard bindings were popular in the mid 90's. The advantage of these bindings was you could just step in and ride, without having to stop and strap in before every run. The original "step-ins" weren't very good for performance though, and used specialised stiff boots. Although they had great potential for improvement, these early models were never developed further and eventually all were discontinued.
No More Strapping In!
Just step in and ride. No sitting down to adjust straps. No manual strapping in. Ride straight from the chair!
Performance and Control!
We've maintained the standard two-strap configuration.Once the binding is locked you get the same feel and performance as regular high end bindings.
Set and Forget!
Set your straps once at the start of the day and don't touch them again.
Fast In - Fast Out
Getting in it's the fastest binding available. Getting out is just as fast with one hand release.
Choose your reward on the right now. You're credit card won't be charged unless we reach our goal....
We've had a few questions regarding the rewards & it seems some wording may be confusing. So to clarify...
- The retail price for the bindings when in stores will be $295. We are offering discounts off this $295 price for Kickstarter backers
- Therefore, the first 25 Early Bird backers paid $205 and saved $90
- The Early'ish Backers are paying $225. Therefore saving $70 off $295
- At $245 you are saving $50 off the $295 price
Also, you may not want to commit to the cost of a pair of bindings at this time, but maybe you like the concept and want to help. Any donation makes a huge difference. You can click the "Back This Project" button and contribute $5 or $10 or any small amount you can spare. If half the people who have viewed the page so far contributed $10 we would be far past our goal already. Anything you can contribute is greatly appreciated. No amount is too small.
If you're not 100% happy with your Strewth bindings, return them within 30 days of receiving them for a full refund.
We realise backing a project like this is a risk, and we want you to take a chance on us. All the risk should be on us not you. So we’ll mitigate your risk via this money-back guarantee. If our campaign is successful and you get a pair of Strewth bindings, but you really don’t like them, you can return your bindings within a month for your money back!
There really is no reason not to click the "Back This Project" button now and pledge your support. If we don't meet our goal you pay no money, if we meet our goal and you don't like your bindings, you get your money back. So please "Back This Project" now.
We're sure you will love them as much as we do!
We have had two common questions come up regarding the bindings. These are;
- Will snow accumulate under the footbed and stop the step-in mechanism working? The answer to this is No. The footbed is made of a soft EVA foam and forms a tight seal with the binding. There are no gaps for snow to get through under the binding. Also, the rear of the pad stays in contact with the board when the binding is open, further reducing the chance of snow getting in. Even so, we have made it extremely simple to flick up the footbed pad and remove any snow from underneath in case it does happen. In all our testing so far we have not had snow accumulate under the binding or stop the step-in mechanism working.
- Will the release lever unlock while I am riding? OK, this one is a bit trickier to explain, but the answer is also No. The binding itself is self locking, even without a locking mechanism! Once your boot is in the binding the strap tension automatically keeps the binding closed (similar to a ski boot buckle). The locking mechanism itself is a safety backup, and while your weight is on the binding it can not open even if unlocked. The lock is also extremely strong and the spring action has been designed strong enough to defeat any obstruction, ie snow or ice build up. The binding can not open while you are riding.
These two points have been our main focus in designing the binding and you can be guaranteed it operates as advertised and 100% reliably.
Please feel confident in pledging your support you will receive a completely awesome and 100% reliable binding that will make your next day on the snow so much better. So please "Back This Project" now and be the first to every powder stash this winter!
Our Inspiration for Strewth Bindings
A lot of riders loved the step-ins, and while they are not available on the market today we believe there is still a demand for a high quality, high performance, step-in binding. The majority of snowboarders today swear that only traditional two strap bindings provide the best in feel & performance, and we agree! After trying all the current offerings on the market, including the “rear-entry” bindings such as Flow’s or Fastecs, we found there was nothing that met our desire for a high performance binding with the speed and ease of a step-in. As nobody was making the bindings we wanted we realised we would have to do it ourselves, and set out to design the ultimate high performance step-in binding. After several years of designs, revisions and prototypes the end result is the Strewth SLS.
How Does It Work
The Strewth SLS provides step-in functionality in a traditional two strap binding by using your body weight to automatcally close and lock the binding. As you place your boot in the binding and press down on the footbed, the ankle strap is automatically tightened, the Hi-Back returns to the closed position, and the binding is automatically locked. All this happens in an instant allowing you to ride straight from the lift without stopping & often without even looking down. The straps return to your preset tension every time. Set your straps once at the start of the day and don't touch them again. Due to the leverage created in the system, only a small amount of pressure is required on the baseplate to close and lock the binding, even with the tightest strap settings. This is especially useful in powder, and ensures easy entry anywhere on the mountain. Exit is via a simple flick of the release lever.
The ability to step into your bindings and ride away without bending down to tighten straps is the most obvious advantage of the Strewth SLS. This means more time riding, more powder, and no more sitting down to strap in. Riders of other "speed entry" bindings will know that while these systems offer some convenience when on flat hard packed snow, they can be extremely difficult to enter on steep slopes and deep snow. This is due to the clearance required for the opening hiback and the cable locking mechanism attached to the hiback. On steep slopes and deep snow these bindings become far more difficult to enter than traditional strap bindings, therefore losing the benefit of the speed entry system. With the Strewth SLS we have removed the limitations of the existing "speed entry" systems, meaning you can step-in effortlessly anywhere on the mountain, even on the steepest slopes and deepest snow. The Strewth SLS is the only binding providing a truly automatic "hands free" step-in entry system !
"A game changer in snowboard binding technology!"
Reliability and Quality
Reliability and quality has been a key focus for us from day one. Although it sounds complicated, the design has been kept simple with a minimum number of moving parts. Our bases are made of the highest grade glass infused nylons for maximum strength and minimum weight. Our heel-cups are made only from the strongest aircraft grade aluminum. No crappy plastic heel-cups here!
To ensure the best reliability and quality, we have been working closely with some of the best snowboard designers in the business and have partnered with one of the largest binding factories (who currently make bindings for many of the biggest brands) to ensure Strewth bindings are manufactured to the highest possible standards.
We are 100% committed to building our bindings to perform day in day out, season after season!
What is the time table to production?
We've made our prototypes and performed our on snow testing. Now we'll be using Rapid Tooling processes to quickly ramp up for our 1st production run.
July/August - On Snow prototype testing - Complete
September - Final design modifications/part revision
October/November - Tooling and Short Run part production
December- Final Assembly and Shipping
Below are some frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact us with any more questions you have and we will add them to the list below.
Can I use standard snowboard boots with Strewth bindings? Yes. Strewth Bindings are just like any standard two-strap binding when riding. You can use any standard snowboard boot with your Strewth Bindings.
Are the bindings heavy? No. The bindings are made from the same materials as most high-end snowboard bindings, ie; Glass infused nylons, and aircraft grade aluminium. Plus we have cored out our baseplates to remove any excess material. Strewth bindings are equivalent in weight to the lighter bindings on the market today.
Are the bindings affected by snow clogging or jamming? No. Addressing the issue of snow clogging has been a core driver in the design from day one. We have insured there is no part of the binding affected by snow clogging. An amount of snow will always enter any binding, and we have allowed for this to ensure the binding is not affected by snow entering the binding.
Can I use the straps like a standard binding? Yes. The binding has standard straps and ratchets. If you want to, you can use the straps and ratchets just like a normal binding, however we doubt you will ever want to.
I like my straps really tight. Will I need to use more force to enter or exit the bindings if I have my straps set super tight? No. This is one of the key features of the system. Due to the leverage created in the strap system, no matter how tight your straps are set you will only need minimal pressure on the baseplate to lock the binding. This is especially useful in powder!
How does the performance & flex compare to other bindings on the market? The binding performance is equal to any top-end binding available. The flex for this model is a stiffer flex, aimed more towards all mountain performance.
Where and when can I get a pair? At the moment, this Kickstarter campaign is the only place you can get them, so reserve yours now.
International Patent Pending The Strewth binding is currently Patent Pending. Provisional Patent Application number 2012905391.
Risks and challenges
We've made multiple prototypes and completed hours of on snow testing. We are ready to put Strewth into production. Your KickStarter funding will go towards the cost of tooling and the initial production run.
Moving into manufacturing phase always presents risks and challenges, and we have listed these below;
MANUFACTURING: Creating injection mould tooling required to manufacture the bindings is expensive and requires expert knowledge. We will be working with a very experienced tooling manufacturer with a proven track record to minimise the chance of problems, however unforeseen problems could cause a delay
FINAL ADJUSTMENTS: Pre-production prototypes will be made from the production tools, and then tested to identify any final adjustments required. Hopefully these will be minimal, but significant changes have the possibility to cause delay. We are working with some of the most experienced designers to minimise this risk and ensure the design is the best it can be.
FULFILLMENT: Once the bindings are manufactured, shipping and fulfilment represent the next challenge. We need to get the bindings out of the factory and to your door as quickly as possible. We are working with a world class logistics supplier to ensure everything runs smoothly, but delays are possible.
We are committed to getting your bindings to you on time, however please keep these risks in mind when making your contribution. We wouldn't want your season ruined if the bindings do ship later than planned, so please don't throw out your old bindings just yet.
We hope you share our enthusisim for creating a better binding. Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Help us get Strewth onto a mountain near you by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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