Taking It In The Rear
The beauty about options is that there’s always something for everyone. You don’t like Burton you have Ride, you’re not down with Boa there’s Speed Zone, and for those that thought everything was sicker with Clicker we have rear entry bindings. While some might not be down with taking it from the rear others love sliding it in from behind. Here’s a break down of the options that are out there on the market for everyone.
Flow was the originator of the popularity of these bindings. Starting all the way back in 1992 by some guys with german names that come from a wind surfing background. Anyways the big things that set Flow apart from others is what they call their power triangle. This is the triangle that is formed from the cable that runs from the base of the binding to the highback. If you know anything about design evidently triangles are the strongest form of design or some shit. Anyways basic concept is highback folds down foot slides in up goes highback and you’re in. They offer a single strap over the foot called a Power Strap that does have micro ratchets for on the fly adjustments. If needed these micro ratchets can allow you to use the binding as a front entry. Set up takes a bit longer to dial in these bindings but like anything that gives you convenience it’s worth it to take the time to dial these in 100%.
K2 has finally started living down the atrocity that was Clicker bindings, but they haven’t forgotten those that need an alternate entering binding. Thus they invented their Cinch technology. Utilizing a three part chassis consisting of the base, sides, and highback which works as a levered hinge. When the highback if slipped down the sides raise which lifts the heel strap up and opens the binding for a smoother slide into the backdoor. Setting these up is pretty damn conventional and the straps can be used fully as a front entry binding.
APO Snowboards formerly A Snowboards has their Dual Entry System. Similar concept of taking it in the rear but this one uses a side hinge on their thinner cable. Slide the foot in pull up on the hoop on the back of the highback and the hinges lock you in. Once again you have dual entry so you can double team this bitch from the front and the back depending on what kind of slope/terrain you’re in. Setup seems similar to the K2’s with more playing with the straps/forward lean than actually dialing in every possible aspect.
Gnu’s binding line has Fastec Technology which is used by other companies such as Volkl Snowboards. Yep another shove it in the rear and pull up on the lever binding. Toe cap option along with the ski lift release so you’re not snug in there when chilling going up to the top of the hill. Over all a pretty meat and potato’s system that only gives you one option for getting in and out.
So there it is a break down of the main options for taking it in the rear. Is one better than the other? Not necessarily but there are different strokes for different folks. So hey like the picture at the top says give the backdoor a try and who knows you might even get your girlfriend to like it.