Howell SkiBindings Service-Certification (comes w each binding purchase, n/c)
Howell SkiBindings Certification $9.99
NO-CHARGE with each binding purchase. Passing test is required for Howell SkiBindings Certification.First available — October, 2018.
Certification Training includes: Design and function of Howell SkiBindings; product specifications; special features of Howell SkiBindings; list of required mounting tools and release test-equipment; mounting and installation procedure; selection of release adjustment-settings and release torques (including chart); release measurement testing instructions for all 3-modes of release: (a) lateral-toe / torque about the long axis of the tibia; (b) forward-heel / forward-bending about the long-axis of the tibia; (c) lateral-heel / derivation of Cross-Over-Point; (d) vertical-toe / backward bending-moment about the long axis of the tibia (where applicable, by model) — for both new and used equipment; ((For release measurements, we recommend the Vermont Release Calibrator that's available through Vermont Safety Research in Underhill, Vermont, USA.)); Howell SkiBinding Self-Release Method (for aggressive skiers and racers); special discretionary settings for park, pipe, extreme, off-piste, & racers; troubleshooting procedures; instructions and WARNINGS for mounting technicians and skiers / consumer product information about use and maintenance of Howell SkiBindings; record-keeping; Lifetime Limited Warranty; warranty procedure; parts list; accessory information; legal: copyrights, trademarks, service-marks, issued-patent(s) notices, pending-patent notices; Certification Test including affidavit certifying authentic testing and signature (to be returned on-line to Howell SkiBindings for review & official 'Certification'); 2-way contact information database for important service updates.
Upon successful completion of the Certification Test — Howell SkiBindings will send an official Howell SkiBindings 'Certification Certificate' (suitable for framing).
Easy and fast re-certification is required for continued mounting, adjustment, and service-maintenance — updates sent to all Certified customers by an email-launched app.
FLAT-OUT SKIING CONFIDENCE.
It was inevitable.
* 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 the new Trab TR2)) — are a serious problem for the sustainability of our beautiful sport: the ISO standards on pin-bindings are knowingly wrong: they are about money; political-engineering; patent portfolios; and must be immediately changed to reflect human-biomechanics, not just manufacturing-tolerances. 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.