Lets face the facts rocker isn’t going anywhere as technology or a buzz word. Rocker, Camrocker, Camber Rocker Combo, blah blah blah you get the point it’s here and everyone is talking about it. But is it solely limited to being in only those planks of wood and p-tex that we ride down the snowy slopes? Hell no companies are offering various binding options that help to optimize your ride. Now as we all know Rocker isn’t something that’s new it’s just been perfected so following that saying of “what is old is new again”, what piece of binding technology will rise up from the proverbial snowboard graveyard and be brought back to life now?
Well long before Nick Visconti was doing amazing tuck knee grabs there was Rocket Reeves. The secret to his tweaking? Screwing a door hinge to his binding and board. So whom would think in this day and age that bringing this back would be a good idea? Anyone at all? Well someone from Ohio State evidently did because they built this horrible hinged foot clamp.
Photo courtesy of Rocker Binding.
Alright so who wants to go hit a jump with this thing? Hinge pin, hinge, shin strap? Man that sure does sound overly complicated for a device that’s supposed to lock your feet to your board. Fuck anyone remember when Burton made 3 strap grippers? Pretty sure there’s a reason why two straps is the industry standard now. But for the moment lets look past that top strap and concentrate on the hinge. Here’s what their site says about the hinge:
The bindings have a hinge underneath the base plate which allows them to rotate towards the nose and tail of the board. Adjustable rubber bumpers limit the the rotation. I’ve been setting them up with 5 or 10 degrees of rotation. I’ve had other designs which had more rotation (45 degrees) but it was too much rotation because if you get over the tip or tail, the board kicks out. This is a pretty conservative setup with the range on the rotation.
Oh good to know you figured out 45 degrees was too much and 5 to 10 is far more acceptable. Just what you need is to go off a jump and be so tweaked out the board washes out. Then again why is it skateboarders can tweak like that but still land and roll away? Oh yeah it’s because they aren’t fixed to the board! There’s a reason you have more mobility from boots and less from the bindings.
Now back to that third strap this is what they had to say about it:
The bindings have shin straps too which give a lot of support for the toe edge turn over standard bindings. I tried using shin straps without the hinge. It gives the support but there is no flexibility along the length of board and you can’t shift your weight when you are going down the hill. The shin strap provides all of the support for the toe edge turn, it takes the need for support in the boot away which could be nice. I’ve ridden them in tennis shoes before. I think you could go with a much more flexible boot, but I’ve been focusing on the binding.
Oh wow so they even admit that if you were in a standard binding there’s no reason for that third strap. But with their superb hinged rocker binding it needs to be there to leverage toeside turns. Why the fuck would you want your shin restricted? It’s just going to imped ankle flexion which is the main point for steering your snowboard.
Now we all know that skiing just takes whatever trend is cool in snowboarding then turns it up past 11 to some horrible level it should never be at. It’s true we’re the originators they’re the imitators and that’s just how it’s always going to be. Even their horrible ideas for skiing take right from the what the fuck were they thinking region of snowboarding. Case in point.
Photo courtesy of Rocker Bindings not to be confused with Rocker Binding.
Seriously look at that shit 3 straps and a snowboard boot. What the fuck were they thinking? Congratulations you made an over grown ascent ski or giant ski blade. Seriously why do people suddenly think they’re inventing something good for any snow sliding sport? Also what’s up with even shitty ideas getting ripped off by skiers now?