When it comes to snowboard bindings having less moving parts is usually the best way to go about designing them as it tends to make less things that could potentially break and destroy your knees. Even as technology progresses the idea of keeping things to a minimum has remained true. But low and behold some ass hat that decided he was going to revolutionize the binding world came out with one that’s all about levers and moving parts. Oh but is he even original in his thinking?
The answer to that is, NO! Yes, you see not only has Swivler done this but now some guy from a site called Yanko Design thinks he’s conceptualized another way of doing the same thing. Oh but fellas news flash Burton has done this with their rental fleet bindings for years and did it in a way that there wouldn’t be a lever that might catch and prematurely turn your binding plus fifty degrees and blow out your knee. Mmm blown knees it’s what all the cool kids are doing these days, just remember your ghetto gown and tight pants! Yay for season ending injuries!
Look at the concept drawing of this thing.
Seriously is that handle going to actuate the release of a nuclear reactor or is it part of the perfect push up? I just can’t tell. Plus what do all those added parts do to a binding? Well besides the obvious of create more things that can go wrong, they add weight. Now if you’re like me you probably don’t give a shit about that, but for those that need to shave off every ounce cause their legs hurt when they’re on the chairlift not a good thing.
As for the mounting system my god check out this mock up.
Seriously is that a plate, some levers, a disk, some cables, and finally the binding? My dear god man do you need a degree in mechanical engineering to assemble this thing on your board? Seriously the average person would be like wtf is this crap I can’t do this, would say fuck it, and probably go back to ski blading or extreme snow shoeing.
Come on people just because you’re a designer does not mean you should try and reinvent the wheel or in this case the snowboard binding. Common fucking sense should dictate that a minimum design is far better than some overly analyzed pile of shit that festers from the anal crater the seventh level of hell. It’s like those crazy fucks that created The Whip, how did they manage to make a snowboard that sucks at everything but simple green runs? For the sake of snowboarding to any future would-be designers just save yourself the headache and stop right now.