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 1998, Bent Metal introduced the revolutionary cube. It was a tool-free cube mounted on to the highback that, with a twist of the fingers, could adjust the forward lean of the highback. The 2001 Bent Metal binding pictured also featured an aluminum highback and cool graphics on both the baseplates and the highbacks. PHOTO: James Cassimus