Howell Test Fixture, Optional (N/C with 888 Max)
Available now. Optional, though suggested.
Mostly for ski shops — but available to all skiers — this is an optional bench-mounted device that assists with the functional inspection of lateral heel release**. Please see all 3 photos. Ski tuning bench not included.
A few ISO-5355 standard alpine ski-boots perform poorly during lateral heel release. Most ISO 5355 standard alpine ski boots perform well during lateral heel release. This fixture helps to verify the function of the complete ski-boot-binding system during the unique lateral heel release function of Howell SkiBindings.
Additionally, the Howell Test Fixture rigidly secures ski boots for numerical-calibration of the lateral heel release. The only other elements needed to calibrate lateral heel release as specified by Howell SkiBindings — is a tape-measure (not included); a pre-existing, properly-calibrated, lateral toe release setting; and Howell SkiBindings specifications for the operating-range of the lateral heel release. Instructions included.
Howell Test Fixture is 1-piece stainless steel with a fully-integrated stainless steel 'foot'. Includes stainless-steel sailing hardware and high-tech sailing lines to rigidly secure any ski boot. Stainless steel bolts to mount the fixture to a sturdy bench are included.
Lifetime limited warranty.
This is a robust fixture for validation, calibration, and demonstration of lateral heel release function.
FLAT-OUT SKIING CONFIDENCE.
It was inevitable.
* Howell Test Fixture (sm) is a service mark of Howell SkiBindings.
** For lateral-toe (and forward-heel) release measurements, we recommend the newest version of the Vermont Release Calibrator that's available through Vermont Safety Research in Underhill, Vermont, USA.
Howell SkiBindings company is against (a) ski waist widths greater than 87mm AND (b) all 'pin-binding's' (except new Trab TR2) — due to (a.i) their association with a new type of skiing-injury: severe, high-energy tibia-plateau fractures, severe tibial-tuberosity fractures, cumulative miniscus-damage, and MCL-rupture; and (b.i) due to high-energy, spiral-tiba-fractures. Both new types of skiing injuries are the fastest-growing categories of injuries in skiing — matching the growth of fat-skis and pin-bindings. The high-energy nature of the new types of skiing fractures involve many multiple-fragments, difficult surgical reconstruction, and 10 to 15-months of aggressive rehabilitation. Fat skis on firm snow and pin-bindings in any snow (except Trab TR2 pin bindings) — are a serious problem for the sustainability of our beautiful sport: the ISO standards on pin-bindings must be changed to reflect human-biomechanics. References: (1) Dominik Heim, MD; SITEMSH-Japan, 2016. (2) Zorko; Nemec; Matjacic; Olensek; Alpine Skiing Simulations Prove Ski Waist-Width Influences Knee Joint Kinematics; ISSS-Innsbruck, Austria, 2017. (3) Stenroos; Pakarinen; Jalkanen; Mälkiä; Handolin; Tibial Fractures in Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding in Finland: A Retrospective Study on Fracture Types and Injury Mechanisms in 363 patients; Scand J Surg Off Organ Finn Surg Soc Scand Surg Soc., Sept 2015, doi:10.1177/1457496915607410. (4) Improved Short Term Outcomes in Tibial Plateau Fractures of Snow Sports Injuries Treated with Immediate Open Reduction Internal Fixation; Janes, MD; Leonard, MSPH; Phillips, PA-C; Salottolo, MPH; Abbott, MD, Bar-Or, MD; ISSS-Innsbruck, Austria, 2017.