When it comes to bindings I personally want the least amount of possibilities for something to go wrong. I like them to serve their purpose and make me happy. Forum with what some might call a questionable approach to forward thinking have introduced a hinged disk in their Shaka Binding for next season. Is it a good idea?
According to Snow Press the same people that think Mervin were so wondrous with their Banana C2 it is a good idea. This is what they had to say:
Burlington, VT – Every year SIA’s SnowPress Show Daily honors the snowsports industry’s best innovations for the upcoming season. For 2010, Forum’s all-new Shaka Binding receives top recognition in the category of Skill. “The SIA SnowPress Innovation Awards honor the equipment that our editorial team feels will have the greatest impact on the future of snowsports,” says Peter Kray, Editorial Director of the SnowPress Show Daily. Forum Director of Bindings Chris Cunningham states, “We’re super pumped that SIA recognizes the Shaka as the future of snowboard bindings. We have really unlocked the board’s flex with the Shaka, now making any 4×4 deck even more fun to ride.”
Built to work with any 4-hole pattern board on the market, the split base of the Shaka works in conjunction with Forum’s entirely new Hinge Disc allowing for not only a more natural board flex, but also the added value of more control to the reverse camber board. In addition, a full-length EVA and FGel footpad provides the ultimate in dampening and cush comfort. Whether slashing the lip or destroying the park, there’s no need for a new board to get a new sensation.
More on the Shaka can be seen this summer at forumsnowboards.com.
I thought it was funny when this press release was issued there was a complete lack of photos of the disk. It’s almost like hey we invented this great thing that’s getting hyped up but we’re not going to really show you because you could form your own opinion, which could be negative.
The concept is to give better feel under foot similar to what Burton did with their EST bindings on the ICS boards. The hinge theoretically should eliminate the dead spot under foot when it flexes with the board. Although I haven’t ridden it yet I’d have to question how durable it’s going to be when slamming down on rails, knuckles, and everything else that you toss at it in a day of riding. But does anyone else think that hinge looks a bit monstrous?
Here’s a video from Brendan Rynne about all the features of the binding and how much input Burton seems to have given to them.
What does everyone else think about this?