Splitboard.com Forums

The World's first exclusive splitboard discussion forums






It is currently Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:44 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Avalanche release for plate bindings?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:24 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:12 am
Posts: 828
Location: PNW Hood Canal
Anyone using any DIY avalanche release for your plate bindings and hard boots? I found an example on wildsnow.com that attached loops with golf balls to the toe bails, then connected these loops to a Y shaped rope harness. The harness is attached to the beltline and one pull is said to disengage the plate bindings.

I'm not so into flourescent yellow golf balls on my bindings, which he says are for ease in grabbing and throwing the bails shut. Mine close just fine in my hands, so I modified mine as such...not sure of my Y harness yet, but this is how the bail modification looks.
<a href="http://s256.photobucket.com/albums/hh192/Mumbles24/?action=view¤t=DSCF1350.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh192/Mumbles24/DSCF1350.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
Just five small holes drilled to weave in a piece of cord. The cord has the welded ring in the middle and a single fused knot on each end of the cord that sits nicely into recessed spaces inside the toe bail lever.

This is teh boot from profile. It takes about 12-15 pounds of straight upward pressure to release at my current binding setting, which is firm, but not boot flexing tight. I generally would not ride anything less firm than this, but could dial it up a notch or two. Then the release pressure would be higher.
<a href="http://s256.photobucket.com/albums/hh192/Mumbles24/?action=view¤t=DSCF1353.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh192/Mumbles24/DSCF1353.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

What you experts think? Recommend? Y harness ideas to make it clean, not cumbersome, easy to release and detachable from my body to truly come free of the board. I never plan on using such a device, but my wife is favorable to my t aking any preventive precautions possible to make sure I come home to see her and my two daughters. (I do have the standard safety gear plus an avalung so I'm not solely relying on getting free of my board to survive).

_________________
Mumbles...addicted thanks to sb.com
Mojo 171 / ST 178 / C-Split 165 / DIY Johan 162
Sparks Ignition II's / Mr. Chomps
DC Torch / Lowa Structura EVO AT


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:44 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:12 am
Posts: 828
Location: PNW Hood Canal
I rode the AT boot/plate bindings on my solid board at Steven's Pass on Saturday. The conditions were very good, especially off piste in the trees where tree wells abound and powder was deep and plentiful. I did attach two leashes to the steel rings and then buckled them above my calf. I used the leashes rather than a longer Y harness because I expected a tree well as a greater hazard than an avalance at the resort. If inverted I would only have to reach below my knee to grab the leash and pull to disengage the toe bail. The rear also served me well in allowing me to close the toe bail by pulling up and to the rear to make entry into the binding even easier than bending down to flip the toe bail lever shut. I think this worked well enough to add a layer of comfort if I can configure a longer Y harness and attach it to my pack belt for convenience of pulling to release from the board in case I'm swept away.

_________________
Mumbles...addicted thanks to sb.com
Mojo 171 / ST 178 / C-Split 165 / DIY Johan 162
Sparks Ignition II's / Mr. Chomps
DC Torch / Lowa Structura EVO AT


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:22 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Feb 24, 2007 9:34 am
Posts: 478
Location: Teton Valley, ID.
Nice Dude, I have gotten pretty efficient at throwing the toe bails with my ski pole handles. Your set up looks alot more reliable.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:22 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:12 am
Posts: 828
Location: PNW Hood Canal
My wife and I used to ride every opportunity possible when we were both young and crazy. Now she does not have the fever and prefers to stay home with the 4 and 2 1/2 year old girls. Now her condition to let me ride is to maximize any and all opportunity to ride safely and get home in one piece. She not only supports my occasional day to the mountain, but endures my tinkering time at night. So long as I'm trying to come up with something that will keep me coming home she is intrigued and supportive.

_________________
Mumbles...addicted thanks to sb.com
Mojo 171 / ST 178 / C-Split 165 / DIY Johan 162
Sparks Ignition II's / Mr. Chomps
DC Torch / Lowa Structura EVO AT


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  





Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group