The Snowboard Binding of the Future?!

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 18, 2011 10:24 am

Four hopeful snowboard binding engineers and ski enthusiasts are looking to make snowboarding a safer sport, and win up to $10,000 in the process. 

In 1992 Chris Zider was killed in a snowboard accident after falling into a tree well and suffocating.  Relatives of Zider created the Chris Zider Snowboard Design Challenge to design a snowboard binding that releases when the rider is stuck upside down in deep snow.  After carefully looking through all the entries, the judges have narrowed it down to four entries that meet the technical requirements.  The main goal was to build a binding that young powder seeking snowboarders would buy for less than $100. 
Here are the final four:

  • Scott Nisbet’s design uses sensor that detect when a rider is upside down, and automatically releases the boot from the board.  This design requires no change to current boot or binding designs. 
  • Brad Brinson has created a pyro mechanism device that is activated by  remote which can be placed on the riders belt or in pocket.  The device literally blows up the attachment between binding and boot upon activation. 
  • Thomas Trudel’s design includes a hydraulic timer detects when a rider has been upside for 30-60 seconds (the rider sets the time).  The timer is placed in the strap and releases automatically.
  • Adam Weisberg was inspire by ski bindings, and created a lever operated design in which the rider can unlock his front foot by simply using his back foot.

To check out these designs go to  The winner will be selected on July 31, 2011. 

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