Rob Stevens Posted February 21, 2010 Report Share Posted February 21, 2010 So... The SBX'ers won't use hardboots and neither will most of the SB'ing public. No sense in trying to buck this trend. It is how it is. Clearly, though, the ever-aging SB population, moving away from airs and into turning for fun would benefit from a better boot, as would the SBX racers who have to use whatever is out there right now. Back a few months ago, I was fishing around, looking for a pair of Koflach Superpipes. I did find a few pairs thanks to some cool BOL'ers but never bought them. I decided not to go back for a few reasons that will come out here. Right now, you can go to the shop and buy all manner of "freeride" boots that claim to be more "supportive". This term is a little loose, but tends to universally mean a stiffer ankle, forward lean wise. Burton did go one step further with the Driver X as it has a Vibram sole, but this sole still has flex. What do I want? Well, for starters, a sole that will not flex whatsoever along its length. This would be supported by an "I beam", allowing the sole to flex tortionally. Secondly, a plastic back stay / spoiler that would maintain its forward lean, no matter what. Finally, I'd like to see a few replaceable tongues (basic, with just the attached tongue, mid and stiff). Of course, this would all be "packaged" to look like a softboot and would be used with a conventional soft binding. The Superpipes were pretty close. The sole was stiff, but was narrow and rolled side to side, unlike a softboot that sits flat. The back stay / spoiler was also riveted in place to the lower, so it was hinged, providing no forward lean at all. Lastly, it just looked different, which as we all know is a deathblow to any snowboard product. There are some really great bindings out there, it seems a real shame to not mate them with something that compliments their efficiencies. Especially stiff base plates. Swell to have a stiff baseplate, but if you have to crank the main strap down so hard just to keep your heel from lifting, you loose alot of power and gain alot of "**** that hurts!" Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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