In the beginning there was an urge to find different ways to get down a snow-covered hill, to be different, and to tinker. This account is not meant to issue bragging rights or lay down who’s-first claims (unless they are widely known,) but it’s an effort to educate and give thanks to the early pioneers who had the ingenuity and took the time to make snowboarding better. This is a simple account of the evolution of the snowboard binding.
[First published in Transworld SNOWboarding, February 2005]
By Dennis Nazari
Photography by James Cassimus
In an attempt to merge the best of both worlds [strap and plate bindings], Burton introduced the Flex binding in 1990. It utilized a third strap and the highback “FLAD” [Forward Lean Adjuster], which locked the folding highback to the baseplate in an upright position. The torque bettered response hard-boot “Euro” stigma. It remained in the Burton line all the way, up to 1998. PHOTO: James Cassimus