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
Palmer Snowboards introduced its Power Link system at the ISPO trade show in 2000. The two-piece risers fit between a board and bindings, raising the rider, creating leverage, and allowing the use of narrower, more-responsive boards without heel- or toe-drag. PHOTO: James CassimusIn 2001, Burton came out with the 300-dollar C-14 binding— the original concept was introduced in 1996 as the X-base binding. The C-14 featured stiff carbon-fiber highbacks, leather straps, etched aluminum ratchets— it was the Land Cruiser of bindings.