Post subject: Anyone play with Catek Freeride Strap bindings?
Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 3:41 pm
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 4:26 pm Posts: 407 Location: S.F. Bay Area
I've wanted to pick up a pair of these for resort boarding, and now I'm thinking they may be a great option for split boarding, if you can make the mounting work right... Check them out and you'll see what I mean http://www.catek.com/freeride.htm# Photo with straps removed..
Basically drop the regular mounting disk, and try to mount the flat binding plate straight to your Voile slider plates. Might need some new holes, but I'm wondering what the weight cost/savings might be overall.
Just wondering if anyone out there has looked at this a bit closer or even tried them out... I've heard awesome reviews from the regular soft boot carving and freeride folks.. Not cheap, but.... Just thinking...
Still want to just mount my straps and highback to a slider plate and go from there some day, like BCR's Clicker setup... Might as well get a clicker then... Naw......
My fear is that the slider plates won't be stiff enough and the direct screwing of the staps on them will cause enough torsion stress when riding to bend them or to make them pop out of the pucks. The idea of supressing the baseplate off those catek bindings seems really promising though. I'm currently working on a split specific binding as a semester project, so thanks for the idea. I'll try to work on something similar but custom made (I have access to a lot of machinery at my eng. school) so I'll keep you guys posted when I get something rideable.
I have Cateks on my Palmer but I wouldn't try it on my split...waaaay to much overlap due to the palte designs, Catek who I spoke to said that they're working toward something for next year...hopefully
Joined: Mon Dec 13, 2004 12:15 am Posts: 151 Location: SoCal
Voile is this best out there but fully integrating the binding system and plates is a great Idea to cut on weight and stiffness.
Since Burton will be using Voile hardware next year (is that still a rumor or has it been confirmed?) and Burton makes some great bindings, you'd think the two companies could work together on making a binding with a slider plate built in.