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 Post subject: directionality of release for plate binding?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:19 am 
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I have an idea for a step-in plate binding that would be releasable in multiple directions. I don't have much experience (knock on wood) with situations in which I would want my snowboard bindings to release, so I'm interested in getting feedback about which directions would be appropriate and how much force (relative to the other directions) from people. With some time this summer, I'm hoping I can mock something up. Thanks in advance for your comments...

So, please rank the importance of these dimensions of releasability and the appropriate release force relative to other directions:

Horizontal Rotation (spinning around the axis of the leg bone)
Vertical (upward pull of the leg bone)
Heel-Toe-side Rotation (board flat on the ground, rider falls to the toe or heel side)
Fore-Aft Rotation (board flat on ground, rider falls to the nose or tail of the board)

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Shep


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 Post subject: Re: directionality of release for plate binding?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:44 pm 
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Shep wrote:
So, please rank the importance of these dimensions of releasability and the appropriate release force relative to other directions:

Horizontal Rotation (spinning around the axis of the leg bone)
Vertical (upward pull of the leg bone)
Heel-Toe-side Rotation (board flat on the ground, rider falls to the toe or heel side)
Fore-Aft Rotation (board flat on ground, rider falls to the nose or tail of the board)

Thanks,
Shep


Personal opinion only, I was a clicker rider and then burton step in rider for at least 10-12 years right up until I started splitboarding this year.

Horizontal rotation - top priority
Fore-aft rotation - second priority
Heel-toe-side rotation - personally don't think I would want release here, this may mean you are sliding on your face or back and the board may be your only self arrest option.
Vertical - personally don't think I would want release here either. Ever come to a stop in deep powder and need to stabilize your balance or get moving again by rocking both fore-aft and by pulling upward vertically, no way I would want to release here.

I guess since we are mounted essentally sideways the two angles I prefer for release model how my road/mtb cleats release from the pedals. Rotational and side-side (which would be fore-aft when leading with your hip vice toes.

Just my take, others may have other preferences. In normal riding I have never actually wanted to have been released. I have created a plate mod to manually pull to release for avy consideration. I'm a gear geek though, if it is out there I will check it out.

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