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    NEW product to help you stay stable when strapping-in while standing

    Hey, I'm a senior Industrial Design student in Boston, MA

    For my thesis I decided to focus on solving the common problem of staying balanced and sliding down the hill when you are trying to strap-in while standing.

    I can't be the only one that always ends up sliding down the slope when I'm still trying to strap-in! It's even worse for me since I use Flow bindings. So I am basically going to design a product that a rider could buy and use to stop this from happening. Snowboard binding innovation has been great recently but no one has addressed this problem. Just because I can slide my foot into Flows quickly, doesn't mean I can always prevent myself from sliding while doing it.



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    It's not a terrible idea. I don't have any trouble standing still to strap in, but I do usually kick in a little flat spot. In some conditions that can be more challenging. But after watching many people struggle with this over the years I think the best invention would something that helps people lose their BEER GUT! That seems to be the biggest obstacle to easy strap-in.

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    Haha true. I agree it's not always a problem, but definitely annoying. On those icy days where the snow is hard you can't always do the kick method. So much forward momentum is created by kicking your foot into Flows it's kind of hard to avoid sliding. This could probably help beginners more than advanced riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannonball View Post
    It's not a terrible idea. I don't have any trouble standing still to strap in, but I do usually kick in a little flat spot. In some conditions that can be more challenging. But after watching many people struggle with this over the years I think the best invention would something that helps people lose their BEER GUT! That seems to be the biggest obstacle to easy strap-in.
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    This is not a common problem for anyone who actually knows how to snowboard. This is a problem your first year of snowboarding only. Even then, I don't think the vast majority of beginner snowboarders even notice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post
    This is not a common problem for anyone who actually knows how to snowboard. This is a problem your first year of snowboarding only. Even then, I don't think the vast majority of beginner snowboarders even notice.
    Disagree. I stand to strap in. But I'd estimate that >80% of the riders I see are sitting down. Maybe they just don't care. And maybe where you are in WY wet butts aren't a concern. But I have to imagine that most North East riders would prefer not to have a wet ass and are only sitting because they don't know a better way. I have no idea if this guy's invention is a solution (since I don't know what it is) but I'd be interested in seeing it. I'll also be more than happy to rag on it if it's like most "must have" boarding/skiing gadgets.

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    My son prior to this year was a snowboarder and I got him KY bindings that locked his foot in by flipping a lever on the back of the binding. He would start going downhill and lock his foot in at the same time. Was great for us skiing with him - no wait time. He was actually a pretty good snowboarder. I have never seen these as adult bindings. Concept seemed good but never took off.
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    I think you are describing step in bindings, and they were terrible. Think rear entry ski boots of the snowboard world.

    I sit down on the snow pretty much every run to strap in. My ass doesn't get wet, that's why you wear snowpants.
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    I am perfectly capable of standing up to strap in but I prefer to sit down. This way I perfectly position my foot and scrape off snow stuck between my boot and the binding. My ass is never wet....snow pants are water proof on the behind.

    Also, I strap in much quicker than most people. Usually I am ready to go before the skiers in my group have their poles ready.

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    If I'm in an area where it's going to be a pain in the ass to get strapped in standing then I'll just sit down to do it. It doesn't take that much longer to do compared to standing. I can't imagine using some type of gadget to help me strap in but good luck with your product.

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