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  • #577388
    PUNKY
    95 Posts

    Stumbled upon their site last night somehow.

    Never heard of them until now, anyone have any more info on them?

    #659989

    PM ChrisNZ if you want more info. Thats his project. Also on Facebook.
    https://www.facebook.com/RangerBindings?fref=ts

    Some cool bindings made right here in NZ.

    #659990
    chrisNZ
    304 Posts

    Still plugging away this is/could be the final proto? i hope haha. One piece base after extensive testing the folded base was scraped.


    It has been a long road. I decided i needed to build small cnc mill/router to start making parts as i didnt have 60k to spend on a new one. This took a few months building and alot of hours designing.


    Steep learning curve but im finaly get stuff made!

    Dreaming of this daily! Get after it while you can!

    Merry Christmas hope its spent neck deep in pow pow!

    #659991
    vapor
    350 Posts

    very slick!!! I like to see the progression of a product, you tend to appreciate the end result that much more.

    #659992
    Zude
    367 Posts

    I’m glad to see your still at it, currently on Spark Fuses and was thinking about the Ranger design benifits as i was touring the other day. I’m not ready to lay down the cash on a dynafit/phantom set-up yet allthough i like the looks of this system as well..

    #659993
    splitn2
    125 Posts

    Looking good Chris, you are making great progress there, well done. Like the noise/dust enclosure too, good kiwi built stuff!

    Richard Harcourt
    WWW.SPLITN2.COM
    New Zealand Splitboard Equipment Specialist
    Spark R&D | Fitwell Backcountry / Freeride | SPLITN2 Custom Splitboards
    e: sales@splitn2.com
    p: +64 3 3266585

    #659995
    chrisNZ
    304 Posts

    Touring pivots are finished. Still need the pins to be machined. About to build the ride mode bases. Glad you guys are stoked, its been along time and many hours of learning new process to get to here. Total number of drawings is over 1000!

    #659996
    Taylor
    794 Posts

    This is a very interesting and exciting design. Way to push forward with innovation. I like the forward-positioned touring pivot and skeletal base plate.

    Some questions:

    What’s the weight of the entire system?

    Are stance angles limited? If so, to what range?

    Did you design the touring bracket (the piece mounted to the board) or is at an AT system?

    How does the binding connect to the touring bracket? Is it a one-step pin system?

    Does the forward-wrapping heal cup inhibit lateral boot flexibility?

    Is the portion fore of the heel cup necessary to the structural integrity of the binding, or could it be removed with little consequence?

    Does this system have a touring-mode (or ski-mode) heel lock-down?

    @sun_rocket

    #659997
    chrisNZ
    304 Posts

    @taylor wrote:

    This is a very interesting and exciting design. Way to push forward with innovation. I like the forward-positioned touring pivot and skeletal base plate.

    Some questions:

    What’s the weight of the entire system?
    Roughly 2.2kg at this point. Total 700-800gram at the binding with carbon high backs.

    Are stance angles limited? If so, to what range? stance range is +-30 + most widths

    Did you design the touring bracket (the piece mounted to the board) or is at an AT system?
    Built it. Its to tech binding standards for the pin widths/size.

    How does the binding connect to the touring bracket? Is it a one-step pin system?
    Touring bracket is fixed to the toe block all the time. The Pins are fixed in place. The binding removes from the toe block.

    Does the forward-wrapping heal cup inhibit lateral boot flexibility?
    Experimenting with the sidewalls. I like them, but will find out what others think first. They are not as high as the seem in the pictures. The base connection also provides lateral flex and allows board flex.

    Is the portion fore of the heel cup necessary to the structural integrity of the binding, or could it be removed with little consequence? Its needed. The base is flexible.

    Does this system have a touring-mode (or ski-mode) heel lock-down?
    Its scribbled on a envelope somewhere.

    #659998
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    @chrisnz wrote:

    @taylor wrote:

    Did you design the touring bracket (the piece mounted to the board) or is at an AT system?
    Built it. Its to tech binding standards for the pin widths/size.

    Does the forward-wrapping heal cup inhibit lateral boot flexibility?
    Experimenting with the sidewalls. I like them, but will find out what others think first. They are not as high as the seem in the pictures. The base connection also provides lateral flex and allows board flex.

    This is very exciting. If I’m reading this correctly it means that you are very close to having one interface that works with softboots and hardboots that just uses different bindings but the same touring bracket and the same ride interface. That’s a big improvement for people who want to go back and forth.

    Thanks for understanding that some flex in the binding is a good thing. :thumbsup:

    #659999
    JimmyC
    351 Posts

    Wow!! Awesome work!

    #660000
    chrisNZ
    304 Posts

    Yes it’s very ridged toe 2 heel and the pucks allow lateral flex at the binding. On to the hard parts straps and
    ratchets

    #659994
    chrisNZ
    304 Posts

    i uploaded a video of the current binder. These should be ready by spring.
    [vimeo:110akqvv]http://www.vimeo.com/58289792[/vimeo:110akqvv]

    #660001
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    Looking at the latest picture in the thread I suspect that I would bend those heel cups where they mount to the heel of the baseplate. It would most likely happen hitting a small windlip in flat light and rolling over the nose or trying to jump off of a small drop and washing out onto the tail.

    #660002
    Zude
    367 Posts

    Looks bomber to me? Besides it looks like Chris shreds pretty hard, i’m guessing he’s putting the system through its paces. Besides hard boots this is the only system i would be interested in laying down some serious coin on.

    #660003
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    I’ve bent or broken most of the aluminum bindings I’ve ever had from Preston, Sims, K2, Drake, and Karakoram. Sometimes it’s wear out failure but usually it’s from a tumbling fall, a few times it was from landing hard with a lot of forward lean. I’m a skeptic when it comes to metal heel cups. I know it makes sense from a design stand point and I was just offering up some feedback on places to look to reinforce the Ranger bindings. That aside, I do like the direction that they are going, especially with the dynafit standard touring bracket.

    #660004
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    I’m not trying to say I’m a bad ass, just heavier than average (200 lbs) and when I was riding a lot harder than I do now I would fall spectacularly. :mrgreen:

    #660005
    chrisNZ
    304 Posts

    Thanks Jason this is good feed back. I will be trying different profiled side walls and testing the gear hard, i think any binding should be able to handle going over the handle bars or falling out the back on a drop and still provide good lateral support when riding/skinning.

    #660006
    Reindeer mtn
    64 Posts

    a lot of progress but only on the instagram feed:
    http://instagram.com/rangerbindings

    #660007
    peacefrog
    376 Posts

    Cool looking interface, actually not unlike what Sparks was looking at doing with the edison. I like the universal TLT toe piece. It makes me wonder if you’re also working on a plate binding that works with your interface. I was also wondering if you’re looking at a heel lock in tour mode.

    Any idea whey these bad boyz will be available?

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