WE LOVE STRAP-INS, BUT WE HATE STRAPPING IN! For decades, this paradox left us resigned to accepting strap-in bindings despite the inherent drawbacks: wasted energy and time strapping in each run, limited control dismounting lifts, forced un-strapping and strapping back in for flat cat-tracks and one-footers, etc. While step-in and rear-entry bindings were designed to mitigate some of these issues, riders still preferred strap-in bindings because the alternatives compromised performance in the name of negligible convenience. If it doesn’t ride like a strap-in binding, it just isn’t worth it. So, the answer to the paradox was simple: create a strap-in binding that you strap in once and ride all day.
We call it the Freebase binding and it’s the only binding that combines unprecedented functionality with uncompromising performance.
Our patented Freebase bindings are standard strap-in bindings, but the rear binding is completely removable from the board. On your first run, you strap in the front binding and back binding and you’re done strapping in for the day. Then, you remove the back binding to skate and mount the lift and, while you’re riding the lift, utilize the embedded magnets to bring the board up to the bottom of the binding so you can simply rotate your foot and lock back in, hands-free. Ride right off the lift, ollie the fools strapping in and keep riding. Later, if you get stuck on flat cat-tracks, simply remove the rear binding to skate and then hover the binding over the board and let the magnets pull your foot back in so you can rotate and lock in on the fly.
If you want to geek it out, read this part: The Freebase utilizes powerful neodymium magnets to pull the binding into place so the super-tough nylon resin plate on the bottom and the helical-cam locking system on the board, both ice and snow-adhesion resistant, can align. From here, the binding engages the helical-cam locking mechanism by rotating about a vertical axis, ejecting snow and ice. The helical-cams rotate open to accept the protrusions on the bottom of the binding and then counter-rotate via friction and torque provided by torsion springs to prevent disengagement. The dilating radii of the helical-cams provide a progressive counter-rotating force that accommodates any remnant snow and ice while keeping the binding completely locked in place – no play at all. So, all you have to do is align, rotate and ride.
How do you unlock? We've had a few questions about this, so we wanted to include this shot of our demo board with instructions. Simply rotate two diagonally-opposing levers towards the binding (represented by green arrows), rotate the binding and step out.
So, that's the 411 on the tech, but if we want to see how they work, make sure to check out the video at the top of the page. If you want to see them really tested, check out our promo video from Mt. Hood below:
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So, what are the differences between the 11, 13 and 18 Series? The 11 Series bindings feature an asymmetric highback with a mellow forward lean for park riding; enabling greater lateral flex on kickers, rails and boxes. The straps are "windowed" to allow greater play and movement for a playful ride. The 13 Series features the "mask" highback with an asymmetric shape that provides greater responsiveness for free riding while the 18 Series features the "spine" highback with an asymmetric shape for maximum reaction and control for big mountain riding. Both the 13 and 18 Series feature cushier straps for comfort without compromising control.
So where do you come in?The last mile is the hardest mile and we're looking for support from riders who champion innovation and progression. We've received recognition from the industry after being nominated by the international trade group ISPO for their BRANDNEW Award for Winter Hardgoods, but we need more than accolades. We need your support to help start production of next season's line as well as develop our next generation design which will feature a leash, instead of four levers, for single-handed disengagement and a unibody nylon resin base. This development wouldn't be possible without the Kickstarter Community's help, so please be a part of this innovation and let's make sure everyone has a Good Winter!
If you have questions, we have answers! Feel free to shoot us an email to email@example.com.
Risks and challenges
The bindings are 100% ready to go and we have everything we need to manufacture and deliver as promised. The 2012/2013 bindings (less than a dozen left) are actually ready to ship now. While we can experience manufacturing delays for the 2013/2014 models, we've already manufactured samples and will kick off manufacturing orders in April.