Carlsbad, California -- Space age material mania is to hit the field of snowboard bindings, according to Mike Lewis, a reporter with Snowboarding, a magazine published by Transworld Business, which offers journals on surfing, skiing and other boardsports.
"There are a ton of new materials hitting the market next year that promise improved flex where you need it, serious longevity, and near levitation like lightness," said Lewis, in a preview of a feature in the magazine's January issue.
Urethanes will be prevalent as will cored aluminums and plastics. And one supplier is introducing MetaFuse, a DuPont-developed hybrid of nano-metal and polymer that uses "matter 1/75 000 the size of the human hair to strengthen and lighten select binders," Lewis notes.
Since snowboard bindings can cost up to $300, it is well worth taking time when choosing new ones.
As well as new types which are faster to put on, binders for the next decade "promise to improve board feel and work better with reverse camber shapes," the preview said. They do this by allowing the camber under the foot to function as intended, by using softer materials and two-hole discs that decrease dead spots, Lewis said.
In its January issue, Snowboarding also covers trends in boots and boards for the avid snowboarder, who this year have even seen sufficient snow in the UK to get out and start honing their techniques.
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