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 Post subject: Heel straps to stop board loss
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 1:52 pm 
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im not into the idea of bindings but i do ride unhoked a lot and know that if my board didnt shoot off in every hectic landing id be able to stomp twice as many tricks.

Im aware of knee dangers and will try and be careful.

im thinking bike inner tubing or maui magic heel straps.

any sugestions :?:


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 2:05 pm 
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Use the dakine foot pad instead. Your toes can grab the board so it don't get away.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 2:39 pm 
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:-? do you realy find the board coming off ur feet tht much, i unhook a lot, when we actualy have wind :evil: , but i dnt really find myu board comin of my feet, maybe if i properly stack it, but in general you can spin onto ur back and stop the board from comin of your feet, freind of mine used to have those foot straps that had the tightning thingy ontop, so you could like almost bolt them down to your feet, one of the most talented kitesurfers i know, he did his crusiate ligiment in... put me of right of haveing my feet from not being able to freely come out wen you want to, just my thoughts bud :thumb:


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kitefrog wrote:
Use the dakine foot pad instead. Your toes can grab the board so it don't get away.


I'd back that as i have used the dakine pads on what ever board for a while now.

your board stays put.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 3:55 pm 
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a good footstrap with some good pad helps a long way but a cheap helstrap is always an alternative if you fell like it


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:03 pm 
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If you use inner tubes then if 1 foot gets caught you can't kick the other off. If you use the thick round heelstraps like many manufacturers make now then you can use the free foot to kick the other off which will save you a knee injury. Trust me on this one.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:23 pm 
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i've used heel straps for one season now, with no complaints. yes, there are definitely issues on some wipeouts, but, if the straps aren't too tight, or too thick, your feet will pop out for most heavy crashes. on the whole, i'm totally happy with them.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:33 pm 
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KiteKarl wrote:
If you use inner tubes then if 1 foot gets caught you can't kick the other off. If you use the thick round heelstraps like many manufacturers make now then you can use the free foot to kick the other off which will save you a knee injury. Trust me on this one.


I have to agree with KiteKarl. It happened to me. On a wipeout,
one foot came out, the other didn't. The stuck foot came out of the
binding but ended up twisted aroind the tubing. There was nothing I could
do to get the darn thing off. Luckily, I got away with a mildly twisted
ankle and was able to kite the rest of the sesh.

If you're going to use a heel strap, get a thick one (like suggested above)
that won't be able to wrap around your foot and will be easier to
kick off. (I haven't used mine since... )


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:42 pm 
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dangerous and unecessary..... I tried using them years back and they're all wrong.

Instead:

"wedge" your feet in and curl your toes when you boost. Also make sure your straps are the correct size.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:49 pm 
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you might as well just go with bindings if you want to get heelstraps, simply because heelstraps are more dangerous and dot really do the job, its like the worst of both worlds


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