We've designed a revolutionary new step-in snowboard binding with hands free auto-entry and traditional two-strap performance.
What is Strewth?
The Strewth SLS is the natural evolution of the original "Step-In" snowboard bindings, combining the ease and speed of a step-in with the performance and feel of a traditional two strap binding.. For those who don't know, "step-in" snowboard bindings were popular in the mid 90's. The advantage of these bindings was you could just step in and ride, without having to stop and strap in before every run. The original "step-ins" weren't very good for performance though, and used specialised stiff boots. Although they had great potential for improvement, these early models were never developed further and eventually all were discontinued.
No More Strapping In!
Just step in and ride. No sitting down to adjust straps. No manual strapping in. Ride straight from the chair!
Performance and Control!
We've maintained the standard two-strap configuration.Once the binding is locked you get the same feel and performance as regular high end bindings.
Set and Forget!
Set your straps once at the start of the day and don't touch them again.
Fast In - Fast Out
Getting in it's the fastest binding available. Getting out is just as fast with one hand release.
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A lot of riders loved the step-ins, and while they are not available on the market today we believe there is still a demand for a high quality, high performance, step-in binding. The majority of snowboarders today swear that only traditional two strap bindings provide the best in feel & performance, and we agree! After trying all the current offerings on the market, including the “rear-entry” bindings such as Flow’s or Fastecs, we found there was nothing that met our desire for a high performance binding with the speed and ease of a step-in. As nobody was making the bindings we wanted we realised we would have to do it ourselves, and set out to design the ultimate high performance step-in binding. After several years of designs, revi
sions and prototypes the end result is the Strewth SLS.
How Does It Work
The Strewth SLS provides step-in functionality in a traditional two strap binding by using your body weight to automatcally close and lock the binding. As you place your boot in the binding and press down on the footbed, the ankle strap is automatically tightened, the Hi-Back returns to the closed position, and the binding is automatically locked. All this happens in an instant allowing you to ride straight from the lift without stopping & often without even looking down. The straps return to your preset tension every time. Set your straps once at the start of the day and don't touch them again. Due to the leverage created in the system, only a small amount of pressure is required on the baseplate to close and lock the binding, even with the tightest strap settings. This is especially useful in powder, and ensures easy entry anywhere on the mountain. Exit is via a simple flick of the release lever.
The ability to step into your bindings and ride away without bending down to tighten straps is the most obvious advantage of the Strewth SLS. This means more time riding, more powder, and no more sitting down to strap in. Riders of other "speed entry" bindings will know that while these systems offer some convenience when on flat hard packed snow, they can be extremely difficult to enter on steep slopes and deep snow. This is due to the clearance required for the opening hiback and the cable locking mechanism attached to the hiback. On steep slopes and deep snow these bindings become far more difficult to enter than traditional strap bindings, therefore losing the benefit of the speed entry system. With the Strewth SLS we have removed the limitations of the existing "speed entry" systems, meaning you can step-in effortlessly anywhere on the mountain, even on the steepest slopes and deepest snow. The Strewth SLS is the only binding providing a truly automatic "hands free" step-in entry system !
"A game changer in snowboard binding technology!"
Reliability and Quality
Reliability and quality has been a key focus for us from day one. Although it sounds complicated, the design has been kept simple with a minimum number of moving parts. Our bases are made of the highest grade glass infused nylons for maximum strength and minimum weight. Our heel-cups are made only from the strongest aircraft grade aluminum. No crappy plastic heel-cups here!
To ensure the best reliability and quality, we have been working closely with some of the best snowboard designers in the business and have partnered with one of the largest binding factories (who currently make bindings for many of the biggest brands) to ensure Strewth bindings are manufactured to the highest possible standards.
We are 100% committed to building our bindings to perform day in day out, season after season!
What is the time table to production?
We've made our prototypes and performed our on snow testing. Now We'll be using Rapid Tooling processes to quickly ramp up for our 1st round production run.
July/August - On Snow prototype testing - Complete
September - Final design modifications/part revision
October/November - Tooling and Short Run part production
December- Final Assembly and Shipping
Below are some frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact us with any more questions you have and we will add them to the list below.
Can I use standard snowboard boots with Strewth bindings? Yes. Strewth Bindings are just like any standard two-strap binding when riding. You can use any standard snowboard boot with your Strewth Bindings.
Are the bindings heavy? No. The bindings are made from the same materials as most high-end snowboard bindings, ie; Glass infused nylons, and aircraft grade aluminium. Plus we have cored out our baseplates to remove any excess material. Strewth bindings are equivalent in weight to the lighter bindings on the market today.
Are the bindings affected by snow clogging or jamming? No. Addressing the issue of snow clogging has been a core driver in the design from day one. We have insured there is no part of the binding affected by snow clogging. An amount of snow will always enter any binding, and we have allowed for this to ensure the binding is not affected by snow entering the binding.
Can I use the straps like a standard binding? Yes. The binding has standard straps and ratchets. If you want to, you can use the straps and ratchets just like a normal binding, however we doubt you will ever want to. I like my straps really tight.
Will I need to use more force to enter or exit the bindings if I have my straps set super tight? No. This is one of the key features of the system. Due to the leverage created in the strap system, no matter how tight your straps are set you will only need minimal pressure on the baseplate to lock the binding. This is especially useful in powder!
How does the performance & flex compare to other bindings on the market? The binding performance is equal to any top-end binding available. The flex for this model is a stiffer flex, aimed more towards all mountain performance.
Where and when can I get a pair? At the moment, this Kickstarter campaign is the only place you can get them, so reserve yours now.
International Patent Pending The Strewth binding is currently Patent Pending. Provisional Patent Application number 2012905391.
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We've made multiple prototype interations and completed hours of on snow testing. We are ready to put Strewth into production. Your KickStarter funding will go towards tooling and the initial production run.
There are always issues that can arise during an initial production run, such as having to commission multiple iterations during the tooling process, and last minute changes to part design. We will be using some of the most experienced suppliers in the snowboard industry and leveraging thier knowledge in production & manufacturing to ensure we hit as few issues as possible, and quickly address those we do.
We have set a very aggressive production schedule in order to get your bindings on the mountain this winter. Any unexpected issue may impact our timeline, but we will be doing our best to meet the dates we have committed to.
We did run a campaign on a lesser known crowdfunding site a year ago when Kickstarter wasn't available in Australia. We've had a few delays as we refined our design even further. We offered a refund to all our previous backers, but noone took up the offer. So we are super committed to our previous backers and our new Kickstarter backers to get your bindings to you on time.
Despite the challenges our target shipping date is end of December 2014, and we are committed to getting the best bindings possible to you on time.