Lately there’s been a lot of companies looking to snowboarding’s past to influence their present. We’ve seen legendary pros like Chris Roach and Mike Ranquet return, there’s an abundance of new and interesting shapes that are reminiscent of the old powder boards, and of course the abundance of new banked slalom contests. But one technology that I personally am not sure needs to return is the step-in binding.
Yes, it’s true there is a contingent of people that still bitch and moan that the death of the step in was just another nail in the coffin of the demise of snowboarding. I’m not so sure of that, but hey that’s their opinion and they can have it. One thing is for certain though, the step-in will always hold a place in the history of snowboarding.
In the last few years K2 has worked on bringing it back, but is instead marketing it more towards the backcountry segment. Their Kwicker technology is essentially the next generation of the old Shimano Clicker system.
Looking through the 41 page patent you can tell that some serious design work has gone into this to revamp what the old Burton SI’s started. The mount points on the sides have changed and we all know boot technology has surpassed the limitations of what was considered top of the line during the heyday of step-ins.
This leaves us with the question of is snowboarding ready for another step-in revolution? And who will be the first super pro to accept a check to ride these?