Similar to clipless pedals on your bike, the Freebase Binding System from Bon Hiver enables you to quickly snap in and out of your snowboard without undoing any straps. As modern binding design has not evolved much since the 80's, Bon Hiver decided to take a completely new approach that adds convenience to performance.
The Freebase Binding System lets you strap in at the base of the mountain just once for the entire day, never having to worry about undoing your binding straps again. When you get to the bottom of a run, simply reach down, disengage the lock, rotate your foot, step out, and start skating to the lift. When you’re ready to lock back in, do it in reverse. Line your foot up angled to the board plate and twist your foot to lock. Once you have both bindings locked, dismount the lift and ride.
The Bon Hiver binding system uses nubs, cams, caps, and springs to keep your foot in place as you ride. Nubs protrude from the toe and heel on the bottom of the freebase and slide under the toe and heel caps in the baseplate where they engage the cams. Springs then work in conjunction with the cams to counteract the rotational force of the nubs when you lock in. The caps help prevent vertical retrograde, meaning they’ll keep your binding from coming off the baseplate as you ride.
The bottom of the freebase binding is a perfectly flush surface made of DuPont Zytel, which is a hydrophobic nylon resin that resists snow and ice adhesion, ensuring nothing blocks you from locking into the baseplate. Bon Hiver added traction grooves to the bottom of the freebase binding so you have some traction for skating in the lift line, on flats, or into a feature like a rail or box.
The front binding is a fixed base, so it stays affixed to the board like any other binding. The back binding is the freebase, so it’s the one that comes off the board. For all you goofy foot riders, the bindings are symmetrical, meaning you can use the fixed base or the freebase with either the right or left boot.
The Bon Hiver Freebase Bindings retail for $269-$349 and can be purchased from the company website.