Iconic Ride Posted April 29, 2012 Report Share Posted April 29, 2012 Well sheeeet, Frank. You're probably old enough (as I am, for sure) to remember the original Burt Bindings "retractables." Had inertial reels on both the toe and heel attachment points of the detachable boot plate that would allow stout cable to pay out several inches upon release, and then retract to the "back on ski" position when the face plant was over. They (the company) had to issue a "recall" of sorts, to replace the original design with an updated version, as the originals were causing too many spiral fractures. Luckily, I never had the misfortune to join those statistics, and thoroughly enjoyed their unique capabilities. They were "tres kool" for their time, not that distant chronologically from your mono ski activities. I still have them in the closet, mounted on my (then novel) Hexcel "honeycomb" skis. The extra weight of the somewhat "massive" Burts were effectively cancelled out by the uber-lightweight Hexcels. And I still remember participating in a nighttime "torchlight snake parade" down Squaw Valley's "Exhibition" run sans poles, a brightly lit flare in each hand, during a Cal Berkeley college ski weekend. They ran the the lift at triple speed, with a guy on each side to brake the chair as it smacked you on the backside, to get everyone up the hill in minimum time. It's astonishing how fast a chair lift can go when they want it to. Quote Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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