Edge Control is the function that a ski-binding supplies when putting a ski up on edge. A good binding must supply powerful edge-control so that there is a nearly 1-to-1 correspondence between the skier and the ski, starting the instant a skier initiates a turn — and a good binding must continue to supply powerful edge control throughout the turn. Some turns must be made on ice. When this must happen, there should be no chatter. Edges should bite into the ice like the way tracks support a train.
In aeronautical terms, edge control is in the 'roll'-direction. A binding supplies edge-control based on the width of the toe cup and heel cup, the width of the heel pad, the width of the anti-friction-pad (AFD), and the magnitude of the hold-down force at the heel. The toe cup cannot clamp down on the toe of the boot — because the torsional release function would then not function — but for high-performance skiing and racing, the toe cup of the Howell 880 Pro and the Howell 888 Max are designed to block free-play in the roll direction, expressly to assist the heel with its edge-control hold-down force.
Pin bindings (some skiers call then 'tech bindings' — but they are hardly 'tech') do not come close to providing reasonable edge-control on firm snow or ice. All pin bindings provide exceptionally poor edge control on firm-snow or ice. Alpine bindings far our-perform pin bindings when it comes to edge-control.
The hold-down force of all heel-units are cross-linked between the edge-control function and the forward-release function. Therefore, the clamping force supplied by the heel is a function of its elastic characteristics. During edging, the initial elastic-movement of the heel cup that's a natural part-of the forward-release function — must be stiff — to supply powerful edge control on firm snow and ice.
To maximize edge-control, the heel pad and the AFD of Howell SkiBindings uniquely provide wide, cantilevered surfaces that do not deflect under high edge-control demands. The Heel Cup and the Toe Cup are formed to be as wide as the boot sole. 'And further uniquely, the leading-edge of the AFD is located 4.75cm aft of the tip of the ski boot's toe projection expressly to shorten the distance between this forward-release fulcrum and the heel-unit — so that the hold-down force of the heel is higher than all other ski-bindings when the heel-unit's setting is adjusted to supply the same forward release moment as other bindings. Lastly, the leading edge of all Howell SkiBindings is shaped straight-across so that during ski flex, the boot sole maintains full-contact with the outside-edge of the AFD in order to make full utilization of the AFD's width. Howell SkiBindings are the only bindings that provide no chatter when making carved turns on blue ice — even with chart-settings! This is an industry first.
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Howell 800 Venus — Loaded with ACL-Friendly features for women. DIN 2.5—9
Howell 880 Pro — High DIN's plus ACL Friendly skiing — without pre-release. DIN 5—15
Howell 888 Max — CAUTION: FOR EXTREME SKIERS AND RACERS, ONLY. DIN 8—20
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