Most people reading this will be pretty satisfied with how the traditional two-strap binding works. But every once in a while it's a good idea to step out of your door with an open mind and try something new. Just to see how it feels. Launch has taken that whole ethos and created a binding that does just that. Conceived way back in 2004 on a chairlift ride, Jon Callahan (founder of Launch snowboards) spent a good four years fine-tuning a binding setup that suited his needs. One which would eventually go on to help countless snowboarders struggling with strapping in.
This binding is not an entirely new concept. It's still fundamentally based on the standard two-strap model which we've all come to know and love. But, there's a pressure bar under the heel cup that makes the flat-folding straps pop up into place when you put your foot in. This all makes for easier entry. Basically, it works like a bear trap. More like a bear hug.
And even if you think this looks like a bit of a gimmick, the rest of the binding's components will prove that this binding is just as legit as anything else out there.
The split ankle strap alleviates pressure on the top of your foot while locking down your heel, and will fit any boot. The whole binding operates on a tool-less adjustment system so you can dial it in wherever you are. Not to mention, the ergonomically designed highback that will provide support exactly where you need it. the highback also has a simple one-touch button forward lean adjuster, if that's your thing. Underfoot, there's a bunch of EVA dampening in the pads to absorb any heavy impacts. So, there you have it. Step in, Strap in, Shred!
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