Turns out Burton isn’t the only company still making step-ins. Bon Hiver has been making them for years and still is in business. The cost about the same as a traditional binding (~$300) but come with a unique function:
“Bon Hiver’s FBS allows you to strap-in at the base of the mountain once for the entire day and never have to worry about undoing any of your hard work getting in. We like to make things simple: strap in both bindings, reach down, disengage the lock, rotate your foot, step out, and start skating to the lift. When you’re ready to lock back in, do it in reverse. Simply line your foot up angled to the board plate, let the magnets pull the binding and plate together, and twist your foot to lock. With both bindings locked, dismount the lift, blow past your friends miserably strapping-in, and ride. Later on, if you get stuck on any flats, quickly disengage the back binding, skate and then step back into the board plate to rotate, lock the binding and keep riding. Easy always does it.”
They sell it with this 3 part pitch, but I would say it hinges on the first, convenience. Does anyone have any experience with these things, would you recommend them? Might not be for everyone but there’s definitely a niche in the market for mellow riders that hate the hassle of strapping in and out, especially in areas with shorter trails like the mid-west.
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