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Kite boot bindings for walking around

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Created by bramber 7 months ago, 7 Dec 2017
bramber
VIC, 38 posts
7 Dec 2017 4:28PM
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Im looking for a set of kiteboot bindings that allow one to walk around in case of running aground in shallow water or low wind and still have foot protection.

Any recommendations? I was thinking hyperlight or maybe one witha removable liner like these: www.slingshotsports.com/2017-Shredtown#.WijP8yk7bqA

It would need to fit a tona pop board.

fanfare
55 posts
7 Dec 2017 8:02PM
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if your running aground you shouldnt be wearing boots.

but hyperlights are your only option regardless

bramber
VIC, 38 posts
8 Dec 2017 3:27PM
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Its more of tidal issue. I like to kite until i run out of water. With boots i can run finless so the session lasts longer.

Anyone got a preference for which hyperlight boot works best?

Also has anyone tried slingshot boots (shredtown, ktv or rad)? Whats the difference in terms of weight and flex?

Im looking for a medium flex and have narrow flatish feet... Any of the above boots more suitable for this?

tbranse
WA, 49 posts
8 Dec 2017 3:29PM
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I tried the Shredtown for a few sessions but found them too high and super stiff...prefer a medium high/flex boot as well. KTV doesn't have removable liner so if you're looking for that then Slingshot is out.
Agree that Hyperlite Systems would be your best bet. If you're in Melbourne talk to Simon at KR...he's riding the Systems and can tell you all about the different boots cos not all of them are great for kiting.

LucienSanchez
12 posts
9 Dec 2017 2:53PM
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Have you looked at the 2018 cabrinha h3? Can't comment on them but the 2017 I have without the removable liner are going well, definitely light & flexible. Looks like they've got the same base plate.

fanfare
55 posts
10 Dec 2017 5:31AM
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LucienSanchez said..
Have you looked at the 2018 cabrinha h3? Can't comment on them but the 2017 I have without the removable liner are going well, definitely light & flexible. Looks like they've got the same base plate.


have you looked at the original post?

clearly not

LucienSanchez
12 posts
10 Dec 2017 8:10AM
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How so? The 2018 h3 have a removable liner. Surely they fit on a tona pop. What am I missing fanfare?

daveisthekotz
NSW, 107 posts
22 Jan 2018 10:30AM
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Hyperlites are beast. But i agree, if you are only wearing boots to prolong your sessions then you are wearing them for the wrong reason.

mkat
VIC, 4 posts
22 Jan 2018 2:31PM
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I have one pair of bindings -designed and made them myself following as a rehab tool following an ankle recon ( one foot strap came off and the twintip twisted around the other). Not sure about walking on reefs though!
This is Brighton beach- love the place!
www.dropbox.com/s/ebgnj93dmoexp7g/SK2.avi

bramber
VIC, 38 posts
23 Jan 2018 12:23AM
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Mkat that is an awesome idea (and film!). Ive often wondered why a releasable binding isnt already available as technically it would be possible and would save a few joints. How does yours attach? I was thinking some kind of strong velcro could work so it sticks while jumping but releases under load. Given that people ride strapless already it wouldn't take much more hold power for it to work i would think.

As it so happens I have gone with hyperlites. Ive got the bindings, now just need to select the boots. Anyone tried the Murray hyperlite boot for kiting?

mkat
VIC, 4 posts
23 Jan 2018 8:18AM
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Bramber,I took a provisional patent for the design- so if you are really interested I could provide you with details. It works similar to skiing bindings- with the difference being the boots are released simultaneously- that was the original idea. That is why Velcro won't work.
And if you liked the video- here is one more with me testing the release function.
www.dropbox.com/s/qvlibr3y5ahpv0f/sk3.avi
But all the above is not relevant: I spoke to most of the major players- kite and wakeboarding. The consensus is" nice design but the industry does not have enough money to justify further R&D".
For instance it took skiing world ( with huge amount of $ involved) about 50 years to adopt the bindings we use now.
So for now , I am afraid, we are stuck with 4x6' screws keeping surgeons and insurers in business.
Answering your question- Hypelites is your best option at the moment- if you need to 'ride and walk".
Good winds!

bramber
VIC, 38 posts
23 Jan 2018 8:59AM
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Maybe you just need to call your design the "gamechanger" to get everyones attention

Scanno
NT, 97 posts
23 Jan 2018 9:45AM
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I absolutely loved hyperlites cannot recommend them more but however to get the stiffness it results in breaking. In one season i managed to break/go through three pairs of boots and two sets of frames all replaced under warrenty. ive now moved on to the Liquid force LFKs i miss the stiffness but least its now breaking all the time

kemp90
QLD, 1611 posts
25 Jan 2018 12:59PM
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Hyperlits are super stiff regardless of the modle. They are very cool but terribly uncomfortable to walk around in. I use to get chaff and blisters by walking around in wet boots. I broke everything quite quickyl and went back to normal boots. I do miss how stiff they were tho.
Shredtowns are very stiff also.

If if you really really need foot protection then go for it, but I think the normal boot is best for kiteboarding. More flex for grabs, easy to get in and out, and less things to brake



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