2007/03/19

The lightest gets lighter



In it's quest to make the lightest bindings on the market, Ride introduced the movement bindings this season, promising the lightest weight on the market and a freestyle friendly flex. To go even further in the weight loss process, the company will have for 2008 the Omega Movement DFC bindings. It looks the same? Look again. The binding's basplate has no mounting disc to lighten thing up. Instead, they will come with a drill jig and drill bit, instructions so you drill the base to have your stance and angles just right then slap on the new padded footbeds.

These are designed for experienced riders only as you do have to know what you like because there is no way you can try different angles with them. Those who like to change angles often should stick with the slightly heavier version of the Movement serie... and you better find new boots with about the same outside size as your old ones if you ever change boots. I'll stick with my Alpha Movement.

The more things change, the more they stay the same though. If you have been snowboarding for a long time, you may remember Ride's first bindings in the early 90's. The baseplate was one single minimal piece of alloy with many holes so you could adjust the angles without a mounting disc. They were light but you didn't have much range of angle adjustment, the drilling only allowed big steps so you could put them at 0°, 15°, 30°... They still sold like hot cakes though, maybe the Omega DFC will too.

4 comments:

Johan said...

Hey Dan, the Union Force MC beats out the Ride in weight by 10grams as the lightest binding on the market.

Dan Gerous said...

Possible, we all have to take such claims by companies with a grain of salt. Ride claims they have the lightest with their Beta, Burton claims they do with their CO2...

Johan said...

We've weighed them each and Force MC is the lightest binding on the market. No claims, pure fact.

Dan Gerous said...

Thanks for the clear up. So: never trust marketing claims on companies websites or press releases!