Skating on a snowboard is just too damn hard, right? Seriously who likes being sideways pushing off the side of your foot and slowly gliding across the snow? Doesn’t it make things so difficult and if you’re going to be up enjoying the slopes shouldn’t you have a way of making it far easier? Now damn wouldn’t that just be peachy keen?
Well relax not only do we have one such company offering this but we’ve officially got one copy-catting the other. Seriously could there be two separate entities that thought up the exact same bad idea? Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery but in this case it’s more like the worst case of plagiarism.
Yes that’s right for skate ease we have both The Swivler and Boardhubz. For those that don’t know both products do the same thing your bindings sit on a plate that can swivel your front foot forward allowing you to charge onward towards the chair lift with a ton of ease. Cause you know snowboarders should face straight downhill like monoskiers and two plankers. Sure sounds like a great concept except once again more moving parts that make things more complicated.
Just what we need a riser plate that will deaden the feel of our board and that has the potential to move on us. Seriously how much do you trust this thing knowing it’s designed to move forwards with the flick of a switch or the pull of a cord? Which goes into the next design flaw, a cord? Seriously why would you put a cord that if you’re riding trees it could get hung up on a branch and yank on you! Yes I love having my knees torque forward in the trees.
Oh how nice they have a video showing how to put the Boardhubz together.
Now Swivler does one up Boardhubz by offering actual swiveling bindings. Yes that’s right for a mere 196.50 you can get a binding that does what their plate does without having to be raised higher off the board. Woo hoo I’m going to get right on a binding that looks like a reject from SP!
Man why wouldn’t I want to ride that binding with its stamped aluminum heel cup, chincy looking highback, and the fact that it can swivel? Anyone else think that the swivel knob on the side has potential to cause a stress point on the board and break the top sheet with its unnatural flex?
As far as names go we get one that can’t spell Swivel right and the other going the extremely extreme route by adding a Z to the end of their name. Oh man I don’t know who is more bad ass for improper spelling but OMGZOR I needz dem!
Unfortunately we can only give a half Bro-Cal award to Board Hubz as they claim to have offices in both L.A. and the east. Swivler on the other hand comes out of the great state of Washington. Seriously how could something that bad come from up there that state houses some legit companies. Either way I leave you with this question would you use this and why?