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Howell Lateral-Heel-Release Test-Fixture (Optional)

$299.00

Howell Lateral-Heel-Release Test-Fixture (sm)*        

$299.        
Available now !

 

Optional — though suggested.

     Mostly for ski shops — and available to all skiers, too — this is an optional bench-mounted test-fixture that assists with the functional inspection of lateral heel release**.   Please see photos, below.   Ski-tuning bench is not included.

     This release-test fixture helps to verify the function of the complete ski-boot-binding system during the unique lateral heel release function of Howell SkiBindings. 

     Howell Lateral-Heel Test-Fixture rigidly secures ski boots for the validation of the binding’s lateral heel release.  The only other elements needed to validate lateral heel release is a tape-measure (not included);  a pre-existing, properly-calibrated, lateral toe release setting;  and Howell SkiBindings specifications for the special operating-range of the lateral heel release (included).

     Howell Lateral-Heel Test-Fixture is 1-piece solid stainless steel with a fully-integrated stainless steel 'foot'.  Includes stainless-steel sailing hardware and non-stretch high-tech sailing lines to rigidly-secure any ski boot — alpine, AT, or Telemark.  Stainless steel bolts to mount the fixture to a sturdy bench are included. 

     Lifetime Limited Warranty.

     This is a robust test-fixture for validation, calibration, and demonstration of lateral heel release function.  It is optional.

 

 

   Anti-pre-release.  ACL-friendly.
 FLAT-OUT SKIING CONFIDENCE.

           Howell SkiBindings 
               It was inevitable.

 

 

PO Box 1274    •   Stowe, Vermont 05672  USA

1.802.793.4849  •  rick.howell@howellskibindings.com  •  www.howellskibindings.com

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*  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.

 

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Howell SkiBindings is against (a) ski waist widths greater than 100mm  AND  (b) all 'pin-binding's' (except new Trab TR2) — due to their association with a new type of skiing-injury:  severe, high-energy tibia-plateau and tibial-tuberosity 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 multiple-fragments, difficult surgical reconstruction, and 10 to 15-months of aggressive rehabilitation.  Fat skis on firm snow are a serious problem for the sustainability of our beautiful sport.   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.