The AK Element Binding sets the standard in comfort, durability, and ergonomic support. Through extensive research into alignment and the natural movement of the rider’s ankles, knees, and upper body during riding and high impact landings, the Dual Molded Direct Impact foot bed was developed.
The two part dual density molded design features an ultra-comfortable lower density upper layer with extra cushioning on the lateral (outer) side of your foot, with a denser, more supportive impact resistant layer on the medial (inner) side of the foot, guiding your knees outwards during high impact landings. This technology, common in running and athletic shoes, offers the best support and stability while minimizing the chances of fatigue and injury.
The variable angle adjustment strap works in conjunction with the directional grooving to keep your foot firmly in place. This, combined with the adjustable rubber molded tongue, enables you to fine-tune the AK Element Binding to fit your specific foot shape and create the ultimate connection to the board.
- Directional grooving guides your heel towards the center of the pad, helps your toes to grip more effectively, and stops your feet from slipping out of position when jumping or in heavy chop
- The unique rubber molded adjustable tongue creates a soft flexible framework to support the footstrap and enables the rider to personalize the position of the strap on the base plate, by moving the molded tongue insert forwards or backwards
- The dual primary slots create variable sizing options for riders with very big feet or those riding in booties
DUAL MOLDED DIRECT IMPACT FOOTBED
- The two-part dual density molding design creates an ultra-comfortable upper layer which is active during regular riding, with a denser more supportive impact resistant layer specifically designed to support and cushion your feet during high impact landings
- This unique design increases the ergonomic support to the inside of your foot, which in turn guides your knees outwards during riding
+ more stability in landings
+ can hold more power
– Increased inner side knee injury risk with overwide stance
+ greater maneuverability
+ less resistance in rotations
– Taller people need a wider stance than shorter people. To find your stance width, jump forward and land in a comfortable squad position
+ more stability in landings (weight lands through centre of board)
– Harder to edge heelside with small feet
CLOSER TO HEELSIDE
+ easier to edge on heels for upwind and jumping
– Less stability in landings (weight lands off centre)
– Harder to edge toeside
– If you suffer pain in shins; move position towards heels for easier edging
DUCK FOOTED (wide angle)
+ more maneuverbility in various riding styles (E.g. carving and toeside)
– Increased inner side knee injury risk with over ducked stance
+ greater stability in landings
+ less resistance in rotations
– If suffering pain at the inside of knee; move angle closer to parallel. Look for your natural foot angle when you squat
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