Have you ever said to yourself damn I hate carrying my cell phone, wallet, unicorn horn, and whatever else you take to the mountain on yourself? I know I’ve always said damn it sucks to carry my cell phone in that upper chest pocket on my jacket it’s just so cumbersome. Oh and wearing a hoodie and carrying stuff like that yeah it’s just not going to happen, I mean I need to be twatting from the chair lift about how awesome my day is and all. Well relax there chief cause have I found the most awesomely bad idea to carry your gear since we stopped bringing Sherpas and pack mules!
Yes that’s right, no longer do you need to be confined by your outerwear or backpack to lug your wares on the mountain. Now you can carry your crap right next to your binding. No I’m not talking about the actual good idea of the Hi Back Pack but instead the Hybrid Bindingpack. WTF is this binding pack that I speak of? Well you see it’s just what it sounds like, it’s pack that you can attach to your bindings. Awesome I know just what you’ve always wanted!
It’s time for another good idea/bad idea.
Good Idea for storage and space usage right?
Bad idea putting electronics in a bag between your feet on something you slam off rocks,jibs, small children, and Unicorns.
I don’t know about this inventor but I’m pretty sure my jacket has pockets up high and close to my body to put valuable things like that. Even still if I had to a backpack seems to facilitate a bit better than this thing. But hey that’s all in his argument from his site. Check out this precious quote:
The idea was born in the Alps. I’ve always hated riding with a backpack when I need to carry stuff. I was standing at the top of a run, taking in the scenery when it hit me. I looked down between my bindings and I saw empty real estate. The rest is history. I never stopped working on it until I perfected the idea. It is an accessory designed for big mountain riding for those who ride all day, every day.
Now I don’t know about you but when I think of big mountain riding I see the need to carry a back pack with certain things like my probe, shovel, water, first aid kit, Unicorn whistle, and other things like that. Yes I do carry a Unicorn whistle in the back country cause you never know when you’ll need one. What are the chances we’d see Jeremy Jones (Big Mountain) using this on one of his journeys? I’m guessing slim to none.
For those that question how awesome this is in use they give us these little videos.
Oh but lets not forget the park guys!
Oh man anyone else sold on this thing yet? Oh you’re not hang on we have another video that tells all about the spoils of using a fanny pack between your feet. Personally I’m just making my “intern” be my pack mule but not everyone has the luxury of their own personal intern.
Damn, I don’t know about you but that was a pretty good sales pitch there. I’m warming up to the idea but lets look at how you have to set it up. Now according to their site you may have to reverse your front binding so it’s removable. What? I don’t understand this goes against everything I know about bindings.
Ratchets out Dan! Ratchets out! Man I’m having visions of Ray Finkle here, wonder how many people this would send to the psyche ward? So not only do you now have something between your feet catching slush and snow but you have to reverse your bindings and go against everything we know is right in snowboarding. Wow if this doesn’t make you look like the inexperienced kook then what does? Oh but wait they found a way around making you look like a dumbass on the slopes. Check out this quote:
Otherwise, the Sidecar works on the nose or tail of the board, and all bags can be permanently mounted between the bindings if you don’t want to switch your straps.
Nose or tail? Do I dare ask what that looks like riding down the hill? I think not! When it says permanently mounted visions of screws going into the topsheet of my board come into my head. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure we got away from mounting bindings and leashes to our boards back in 88. Anyone still drilling their decks?
So all in all this thing is about as cool as that roller bladder in spandex on the bike path with a fanny pack. Sure it might have sounded practical to create, but all in all would you want this between your feet when it could get run into by a out of control skier or hung up on a branch? I think not, but I’ll leave that for you to decide.