On 2002-10-08 15:03, Anonymous wrote:
What type of footstraps do people prefer and why? What are the main differences in feel and control between the soft types with velcro adjusters and the hard more plasticy ones like Da Kine do? Got the some soft wide litewave design ones on my wave tray and they feel abit loose - is it something you just get used to and deal with. A mate has a drake which has really wide straps with contoured pads - very nice.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve tried the Slingshot, NSI, Litewave new wide, and Dakine Contour. I went through hell trying to find a strap that would eliminate the loose disconnected feel of straps (I rode bindings of 2 years). The NSI is the most comfortable because it is super soft and flexible. I was able to lock my foot in with those, but the board still felt wobbly and disconnected. The Slingshot is firmer, but didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t lock my foot good enough. The Litewave has a slippery covering that makes the foot fall out. The Dakine Contour felt the most stable. The Dakine strap is made to be installed one way. I tried it the correct way and backwards, with mounting twisted. I found it locked my foot better installed backwards. Either way, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still the most rigid board to foot connection and certainly gives the most precise control. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to curl my toes either. The Contour strap is heavy, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only weakness.
My garage looks like a binding, strap, footbed, and pump junkyard.
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