Bindings in respects to skiing equipment are used to secure the ski boot to the skis. Bindings are exclusively focused on the durability and comfort of the toe-heel unit. Bindings feature anti-friction pads at the toe of the boot sole to reduce friction between your boot and ski top. Many have integrated ski brakes as well as a multi-directional release and are easy to step-in and out of. During the 1990s the basic design of bindings remained quite static but there were major breakthroughs in the technology of its performance. Recent developments include flex enhancers, lifts and damping devices which are designed to reduce chattering.
There have been many advances in the development of ski binding safety over the years, but bindings are still the subject of more debate than any other piece of ski equipment. Binding manufacturers have been the target of more lawsuits than any other sports equipment supplier over these last few decades. Skiers today usually sign waivers whenever bindings are mounted or repaired. Consequently, only a small number of binding manufacturers are actively in business.
The very first bindings were simple straps of leather or tree branches attached to a board. This toe strap design was as basic as it can get but it was more or less effective in its purpose of holding a skier to the ski. Following this, sport skiing turned towards downhill style when first heel binding were invented which were designed using tree roots. Sport skiing gained popularity with recreational skiers the late 1890s but rope tows and ski lifts hadn't yet been invented. While skiers were looking forward to the thrill of speeding downhill, they were hiking their way to the top to get there.
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