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There is some smart stuff going on there. I'm not on facebook anymore so I wish they had a website but I was able to see a fair amount. It looks like they have a version wherein the center disk is split into two ring cake layers that can be rotated relative to one another to create varying degrees of cant/lift. The kingpin desgin is rather terrifying as a single point of failure (though burly AF) but there's some cool stuff going on for sure. Stack height is (way) high for my tastes.

Seems like a mix of bomber/catek ideas with a plastic baseplate that is hopefully less of an insert-puller than most aluminum bindings that have to use the 4x4 insert pattern.

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Sims offered an all-plastic version of that mechanism in the '90s. I think it was made for them by Fritschi, but not 100% on that.

Also, Wombat had something similar, but I think they used some sort of hemispherical upper/lower interface for the cant/lift.

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7 hours ago, Beckmann AG said:

Sims offered an all-plastic version of that mechanism in the '90s. I think it was made for them by Fritschi, but not 100% on that.

Also, Wombat had something similar, but I think they used some sort of hemispherical upper/lower interface for the cant/lift.

I remember seeing the wombat design you reference. Never saw the Fritschi.

I like the way this binding makes performing adjustments really easy: one screw for lift/cant/angle - which you can adjust without having to remove toe/heel blocks to access underlying screws. Kingpin means you have to carry two tools but thats an ok tradeoff. But the stack height is just waay too high for me.

The kingpin is also a bit scary, but perhaps that is not an actual concern. I wouldn’t actually be concerned about the kingpin snapping, but rather: the retention plate cracking around it. I think you’d probably feel it start to loosen up immediately if it were to crack - but if you didn’t and it failed catastrophically ... yow. That would suck. Looking through the other pictures it seems there is a big metal cap around the kingpin that would distibute point-loads that would otherwise occur locally on the kingpin further out ... that seems smart.

Lateley I’ve been interested in making my own bindings. If only I had the time. Too many projects already in the works. 

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