Among the various new items appearing in the snowboard scene this season, the most talked-about item is the innovative system "STEP ON ™" announced by BURTON.The high degree of attention is clear from the increase in access to the test drive report sent by the editorial department on this SBN FREERUN site on February 2, this year.How about the new system that was talked about before the announcement? Sensitive snowboarders all over Japan are curious about the substance of "step on?" And "isn't it step in?"Expert snowboarders, who had been fully reluctant to step in until now, also expressed an active interest in "What about BURTON's STEP ON ™?"We have had the opportunity to use such topical items for a whole day, and I would like to once again convey their appeal to you in an easy-to-understand manner.
Why this system can be called "new"
"THIS IS SNOWBOARDING'S NEXT EVOLUTION-Evolution that leads snowboarding to a new era" On the website that BURTON launched the other day, as it is expressed, there are many parts that are different from the conventional step-in. It can definitely be said that the equipped system is this STEP ON.
The image of step-in that you know is that a large metal plate is built in the sole of the boot and the weight is inevitably heavy, and even if you know that it is convenient to wear, some people felt resistance. Wasn't it?Also, some people may have the image that the step-in system itself limits the degree of freedom and eliminates the feeling of freestyle.What is the difference between the conventional step-in and BURTON's STEP ON?Will be very worrisome.The fact that we dare to emphasize another thing, not step-in, but STEP ON, may also mean that we want you to see this new system without having such a stereotype.When I actually used it, there were many parts where I felt that this was STEP ON.
The boots have a simple design with unnecessary items removed.
No big parts like metal plate added to the boot side
Extremely simple and smart silhouette
First of all, the boots are extremely simple.There is no built-in large metal plate, and a small protrusion called a toe cleat equipped on both sides of the toe required for the lock function of STEP ON and a part called a compact heel cleat are placed on the heel part. RULER has an extremely simple shape that does not have the ankle strap that was attached to conventional step-in boots as usual. PHOTON has an ankle strap, which is equipped with a BOA® system using BURTON's original natural fiber lace.Therefore, this ankle strap is also very light, and the silhouette of the entire boot is extremely smart.It doesn't feel rugged, and it uses compact and smart parts that make you think that it is a normal boot at first glance.
Biding is also extremely lightweight and smart
The main fixing is the buckle on the heel
If you get hooked here, you don't have to worry about it coming off.
The binding is equipped with a heel buckle to secure the boots, and a release lever is attached to the outside of the heel, but the parts here are also very compact.And on both sides of the toe, there are toe hooks that fit the toe cleats of the boots.Actually, it will be connected to the boot at three connection points, but this toe hook is a role to suppress the displacement of the boot to the left and right.The main fixing is the buckle of the heel part, and if this is fixed, it will not come off for safety.It's so light and compact that I wonder if it's okay with such a simple thing.
The speed of attachment and detachment is outstanding
I want to try it once, one shot from the jump STEP ON !!
To attach it, lock the heel cleat of the heel to the heel buckle of the binding, and screw it into the toe hook while stepping on the left and right toe cleats.Only that much operation.It's easy to do while skating.Of course there is no need to sit down.To attach / detach, just pull up the release lever on the outside of the heel.And if you remove the boots, the release lever will be reset automatically.Quickly put on and take off This speed is definitely faster than the conventional step-in. BURTON rider Terrier Harkansen showed in a demo video the action of one-shot STEP ON from a jump, but if you get used to that, you can do it.
The difference is here
Board control with the feeling of the sole of the foot and moderate flexibility
I'm excited about the feeling I've never had before
No metal plate is used for the sole of the foot, and fixing at the three connection parts is the same as the balance fixed with normal binding, and it is possible to control with the feeling of the sole of the actual boot.There is a solid feeling of stepping on the board using the entire sole of the foot, not the feeling of using somewhere as a fulcrum...When you step furtherThe response can also be adjusted quite flexibly..The BOA® system plays a role here.As mentioned earlier, BURTON's BOA® is made of natural fiber lace rather than wire and has a moderate amount of flex.Therefore, even if it is fixed at three connection points, a moderate amount of flex is given to the entire system.In particular, PHOTON's ankle strap is wound with BOA® instead of being tightened with a buckle system like a general step-in, so even if it is fixed, moderate flex can be obtained, which is the ride comfort of STEP ON. Brings out the goodness of.
of course,Since it is not tightened with straps, you do not feel pressure on your boots, and your feet are stress-free and comfortable...TherebyLess tired even when riding for a long timeThere seems to be a merit.
Perhaps compared to the step-in system I've experienced so far, STEP ON is a system with extremely flexible performance, inheriting the freestyle feeling of strap-type binding, and making it extremely easy to adjust the system to your liking. You can find it.There is a lot of freedom around that, and I think it's a well-thought-out system.
Arekore to master anxiety
The problem with such a system is that when it's powder, you can't STEP ON if the snow is still on the binding.In fact, STEP ON has no problem in that part,It is possible to lock the heel cleats of the boots to the heel buckle of the binding even when a few centimeters of snow or ice is stuck to the binding...If it is within the range that can be fitted with the strap type binding, it can be cleared in the same way with STEP ON.
And above all, there is no worry that it will come off due to a bad lock.As long as the heel cleats are fixed, the toe cleats will not come off even if they are not fitted.The toe cleat makes a snapping sound on the hook, so it's nice to know immediately if it's locked.
In addition, the binding mounting system of STEP ON ™ uses RE: FLEX. 4x4, 3D®, THE CHANNEL®, etc.Compatible with all major mounting systemsBecause there is, you can immediately experience the charm of the STEP ON system with the board that everyone has.
With various items appearing, it is true that many people in the snowboard industry want to use it, and STEP ON is probably No. 1 in this season.There is talk that this project will expand further toward next season, so I'm really looking forward to it.
We recommend that you try STEP ON once.
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