I am riding the Catek freerides with Salomon Malamutes on a Volkl Cross but I find the straps over my instep painful. I previously had 3-strap bindings so it could be that they relieved the pressure so that the problem was not evident. Would the upgrade to the Freeride Pro straps help alleviate this problem? What other straps might work well. I live in Canada and am somewhat reluctant to buy the upgrade straps and pay the exorbitant border expenses, only to find that the problem remains. I like how the bindings perform and would really like to solve the pain issue. I would be interested in hearing what other people have done or receiving pictures. A 3-strap Freeride would really be the ticket!
I have to think that the Pro strap upgrade would solve the problem for you. I use both the Freeride and the Freeride Pro. The upgraded straps on the Pro definitely distribute the pressure more comfortably and over a larger area. They give more of a sense of being locked in -- even without cranking the straps. The uniformity of the strap pressure with the Pro straps really is nice.
Thanks for the reply swt. I was hoping to avoid shipping across the border. $69 is cheap for the straps but I end up paying nearly as much again for shipping and customs clearance ( Are there other straps that would work as well?
Do you have pictures of your 3-strap mods that you could post. My highbacks broke on my old Burtons, or I would still be using them.
My 3 strap solution will fit just about any binding. It is totally removable and soft, so you can remove them and put them in your pocket !. They are constructed from straps. The high back is locked in place by two straps that go over the high back and loop under the metal heal section of the binding, either side of the forward lead adjustor. An ankle strap is attached to the top of the high back by stitching it to the other two staps. The forward lean is still fully adjustable. I use a velcro fastened boot strap with a buckle to pull on. I find this is great to get out of quick. If you use the system and pull it up hard, it takes all the pressure from the other straps.
I don't quite get how the straps attach to the top of the bindings. I'm thinking of trying to add some lateral support to my flows, and your design looks interesting, but I don't understand how the straps stay up...
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