No. The bottom of the freebase binding is a perfectly flush surface made of DuPont Zytel, which is a hydrophobic nylon resin that resists snow and ice adhesion. So there are no surfaces, cracks or cavities that can attract snow or ice and, even if there was, the nylon resin surface prevents any problems. Like the Teflon Don, sh*t don’t stick! We designed freebase bindings to be used on the fly, while riders are skating and want to lock in quickly. Check out our riders’ video. As for locking in on the lift, you don’t need to worry about the snow on the ground when you’re in the air of course.
We’ve added “traction grooves” to the bottom of the freebase binding so you have some tread and tractions for skating in the lift line, on flats or into a feature like a rail or box.
Absolutely. Like most bindings, it’s about transferring power from your boot to the board. So, whether you’re stomping booters and hitting rails or you’re blasting down the mountain, throwing big, buttery turns in pow or packed pow, you’re good to go.
We sell them exclusively in our online store. (For now)
We will be demoing the bindings at various locations throughout the season, so please sign up for our newsletter on our contact page to be updated or check us out on Twitter and Facebook as well for these dates and locations.
Sure, they probably can, but that’s why we use locks. The front binding is a fixed base, so it stays affixed to the board like any other binding. The back binding is the freebase, so it’s the one that comes off the board. To prevent this, simply run your lock cable through the space between the heelcup and the base. Easy.
No. We’ve spent countless hours on the mountain stomping the hell out of everything we could find to make this binding 100% rock solid. If you get concerned, check out the videos in the media section of Brian Wentworth, Anthony Corbo and Casey Willax riding these bindings like a rented mule. Casey’s 6“, 180 pounds and absolutely decimates 70 foot booters with corked spins. So, if you’re 6’3”, 200 bills plus and hitting 80 foot booters and are still concerned, rest assured that we have designed these in our labs to the highest ISO and ASTM standards for snowboard bindings. And if you’re 6’3”, 200 bills plus and hitting 80-foot booters, you’re an animal and we want you on our team.
Ahhh, the age-old concern of all lefties and deviants alike. Yes! Actually, the bindings are symmetrical, so both the fixed base and the freebase can work with a right boot and a left boot. Out of the box, the bindings are automatically set with the fixed base having an ankle strap, toe strap and highback for the left boot and the freebase having an ankle strap, toe strap and highback for the right boot. If you’re goofy, you’ll have to switch the highbacks and straps. Sorry, but like democracy, the majority wins.
Sizes 8 to 13.
The pre-2011 Burton models have a channel system with a M5 threaded screw and they switched over to a M6 threaded screw for 2011 on. We’re using an M6, so ours are compatible only with the 2011 channel systems at this time.
They are functionally the same, but they have different highbacks, straps, and base designs.
Hit us up on our contact page and submit your questions there and we’ll get back to you ASAP.