Forums DIY and Mods Heel Lock Down
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  • #661307
    Zude
    367 Posts

    Not fair he gets special powers from his beard(and forgotten jays). I can barely turn on my light tele x-country set-up with old leather boots and springs. Heel lock would be great.

    #661308
    maniacdave
    564 Posts

    @shredgnar wrote:

    Do a few miles of spring Gore Range runout and get back to me about your split-tele skills…

    Mine? Terrible. But there are quite a few tours in the area that require skiing out several km, skins and even sans skins. And the challenge and hilarity of it all make up for the slog. As I said, I wouldn’t say no to some form heel lock down by any means, but I don’t consider the lack of it detrimental to the splitboarding I enjoy.

    That was Pontus

    #661309
    rughty
    620 Posts

    For slow, short, low angle and easy stuff I like the free heel because you can glide easier. I have been testing the heel lock downs and for stuff that requires a bunch of turning or steep faster stuff, I am digging the lockdowns. I don’t see the use for them a whole lot, but it sure beats walking or side slipping fearing my skins are going to slide right off. I have ten pairs I’m putting together this week of a lighter version and should have some testing on them soon as the snow is coming… :bananas:

    #661310
    JimmyC
    351 Posts

    Excellent news rughty!!

    #661311

    I’m in!!

    #661312

    So, when are we gonna see this system?

    #661313
    cdrobin12
    12 Posts

    +1 hook it up, I’d love to skate out of flat areas!

    #661314
    rughty
    620 Posts

    Here is a simple computer rendering of the lock down.

    Still testing materials and sizing. The finished product looks similar to this though. I’ll have a couple sets ready over the weekend.

    #661315
    Zude
    367 Posts

    less of a skate more of a waddle 😆

    #661316
    rughty
    620 Posts

    Update…I have 4 pairs ready to ship for anyone interested. Not sure how long it’ll be before I can make some more. Price is $40/pair (free shipping in the US). I’ll take the first 4 orders for those who email me at kenboy875@yahoo.com. These will work with Triads, Sparks, Lightrails, and all Voile sliders. I haven’t tried these with anything but the single stage Voile climbing wires so if the dual risers are wider than they may not fit. Anybody out there confirm if there is a width difference? Sorry about the price up front, but one ups are always more costly to manufacture. Sorry for the blurry pics.

    slide them in from the back with or without boots in the bindings

    slide them forward of the climbing wire (halfway or so)

    place the binding flat on the board and slide it back under the climbing wire to engage

    closer look

    #661317
    Powder_Rider
    498 Posts

    Will the binding release with enough force (aka the heel riser)? What with wings? Such a simple and great design Rughty. Way to go! :thumbsup:

    #661318
    peacefrog
    376 Posts

    Cool design, one question.
    Won’t the wings sticking out past the edge of the board impede your ability to traverse on a steep side hill?

    #661320
    rughty
    620 Posts

    @peacefrog wrote:

    Cool design, one question.
    Won’t the wings sticking out past the edge of the board impede your ability to traverse on a steep side hill?

    The wings stick up near the base of the bindings. The amount they are above the board is far enough to make up for the minimal amount they stick out over the edge. Steep traverses are perfect for this system.

    #661321
    maniacdave
    564 Posts

    Slick. How is changing over while still strapped in? Easy enough?

    That was Pontus

    #661322
    peacefrog
    376 Posts

    Is there enough clearance there to work with sparks?

    #661319
    rughty
    620 Posts

    change overs are easy on the fly. just take them out of your pocket or wherever you store them, lean forward and slide them in from the rear. These fit from behind on the wider tabbed Voile slider stops so I imagine they would work fine on all Sparks.

    #661323
    walove
    65 Posts

    sparks (new burner blaze) dont have a center stop, they have tabs on the sides that would interfere. cutting the tabs and retrofitting a center stop would not be hard.

    #661324
    rughty
    620 Posts

    @walove wrote:

    sparks (new burner blaze) dont have a center stop, they have tabs on the sides that would interfere. cutting the tabs and retrofitting a center stop would not be hard.

    That’s good to know. Thanks.

    Of course you could keep it stock and take the binding off if you didn’t want to modify it or just install it before you start touring and slide it all the way forward if you know you will need it at some point along the way then slide it back to lock it down (of course this adds a little weight on your feet to touring, but at least it’s centered weight and not swing weight). Lots of options out there with this setup and I’m sure people will have their preference either way. All lock downs are now gone. Seeing as those went so fast, I am looking into getting a run made up quicker than anticipated. I’ll keep you guys up to date.

    #661325
    Boat Shredder
    30 Posts

    I’m a karakoram user but fucking damn its so cool to see people pushing the progression of the art on a grassroots level. Rughty you fuckin rock :rock:

    #661326
    classicauto
    152 Posts

    :clap: nice design!

    FWIW I know you mentioned you tried them on single wires….

    Compared to the dual height wires from voile, the front one is about a wire thickness wider than the standard wire at the tip.

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