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Postby D_Clark » Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:27 pm

what about mounting wakeboard boots instead of snowboard boots since boots sound like the way to go for more control?

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Postby FlyinElvis » Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:39 pm

it's important to be able to get out of them quickly if something goes wrong.... that would be the main issue I would see with wakeboard boots.... that, and the possibility of coming out of them when you don't want to....

that said, i have been eye-ing the new slingshot wakeboard boots.... but i've talked to some of the riders, and they told me they were still pretty tough to get into.

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Postby Mug » Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:41 pm

that makes me wonder why no-one has designed clip on shoes like the mountain and street bikers, but with a taller boot to protect the ankle, so that clipping in requires less effort and when you crash the board could clip off. It seems that that would save more peoples knees from twisting, just a thought.

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Postby FlyinElvis » Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:34 am

you mean like K2 snowboard boots/bindings? they used to use those.... hard to get on/off in the water.

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Postby munteruk » Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:56 am

I think the problem with the MTB style of clip-ins is that you don't have anything solid to push against to clip in. On a bike its simple - put the pedal at the lowest point and it will push back against the foot. On a board on the water it wouldn't be so easy.

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Postby Bagels9000 » Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:12 am

something i have always wondered....


if the kite falls... do you sink like a brick? is that thing heavy?

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Postby Mug » Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:15 am

I'm thinking more on the kind that you twist to clip in like the TIME style or I think LOOK also has this designImage

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Postby FlyinElvis » Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:57 am

the metal is heavy... but the board floats it....

the carafino is not heavy... i would guess the whole thing floats.

those twist in clippers are interesting.... I wonder if you could mod the bottom of a boot to work with them...

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Postby eagletech1967 » Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:15 am

Bagels9000 wrote:something i have always wondered....


if the kite falls... do you sink like a brick? is that thing heavy?
No the board hold the weight but don`t drop the kite :thumb:
I don`t have any problems with that, but I got the line around my boot one time in lightwind and no knife. Today I always have the knife on me
That was very cloose :nervous: And my friend on land had no boat.
When you are out with the foilboard always have one that can help you fast.
I don`t now how the pros do it, but I think they always have a mate close.
I think when the wind is 8-10m/s I don`t have any problems but in lighter winds the kite sometimes drops down.

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Postby Mug » Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:23 pm

FlyinElvis said
those twist in clippers are interesting.... I wonder if you could mod the bottom of a boot to work with them...
I think so too and since you are not pedaling on them I believe the weight can be reasonably reduced and possibly designed a bit differently. Also for getting into them all that would be required is to hold the board and twist your boot on the cleat, much faster and safer than snow boarding boots. I meant to say this before, if you look at the progress of cycling(much older than kiteboarding or snowboarding) you will see that they too had thought than toe clips(an almost permanent attachment to the pedal) were a good alternative, but as the amount of accidents increased (most probably in the Tour de France) the R&D came up with the cleat design, which I believe significantly reduced accidents and increased performance (shoes are full carbon bottom). I believe the same will happen to kiteboarding.


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