||Snowboarders, Retailers, Suppliers Sought to Improve Equipment
Snowboarders sometimes land 40 foot cliffs. Whether going big
or just beginning to learn the sport, their gear has to withstand
incredible impact. Snowboards have three main components: board,
boots and bindings. The best scenario for buyers of snowboarding
equipment is to have a wide variety of bindings and boots fit
their choice of a board, according to Roger Neiley, RTN Sports,
Laguna Beach, Calif. To make the sport more accessible and give
consumers the best fun-factor for their dollar, we need to do
everything possible to have each component perform as designed.
A key part of this goal is to ensure maximum interchangeability
of components between manufacturers, says Neiley, an equipment
designer who has helped to develop numerous sports equipment standards
as a member of ASTM Committee F27 on Snow Skiing.
The subcommittee is calling for involvement from snowboarders,
retail salespersons, area operators, manufacturers, and importers.
It is hoped that increased participation will further product
innovation and improve rider safety on the hill.
Snowboarding has many different facets, from the benign to the
extreme, and has great cross-generational appeal. Its rapid learning
curve makes it an ideal family sport, but progress and enjoyment
on the slopes is very dependent on equipment performance, says
Neiley, who brings previous experience as a snowboard equipment
supplier to work with manufacturers on the ASTM F27.85 Snowboarding
Subcommittee to produce basic product standards that will help
guide the performance and interchangeability of equipment available
Weve been working on several items of importance over the past
few years, including both specifications and test methods for
snowboard mounting inserts, the performance of boot and binding
components, and several compatibility issues he continues. The
more involvement from the industry the better well be able to
coordinate our markets needs with pending ISO (International
Organization for Standardization) standards.
The subcommittee was instrumental in writing several key sections
of the recently passed ISO standard for strap bindings and is
in the process of writing standards for both step-in boots and
To participate, or for further information, contact Subcommittee
Chairman Ed Wachtel, Nike, Inc., WHQ, 1 Bowerman Dr., Beaverton, OR 97005-6453 (503/671-6821).
For Committee F27 meeting or membership information, contact manager Dan Schultz, ASTM (610/832-9716). //
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