In general, most kiteboards come with some type of foot strap that allows riders to attach and detach from the board easily. While not always true, this is usually required if you're looking to do jumps and board off tricks. Bindings are usually used by wake style riders trying to perform wakeboarding tricks.
The patent-pending Litewave Foot Lock System (FLS) Sandal is the best foot-to-board connection available period.
The 2013 Litewave Sandal Binding has a 6” wide lace-up section that covers more of your foot for more edge control than a footstrap. The 2013 Litewave Sandal Bindings connection at four points eliminates fore-aft rocking to give the rider more direct edge control. With the 2013 Litewave Sandal Binding when you press on your toes, 100% of the energy is transferred to the edge of the board.
The 2013 Litewave Sandal Binding injection molded pad is soft and superbly contoured to keep your heel locked in, form-fit your arch, and a toe-shelf lets you really hang on with your toes. The 2013 Litewave Sandal Binding thermoformed grip insert redefines traction.
The 2013 Litewave Sandal Bindings Lace-up strap part uniquely attaches to the footpad independently of the screw that holds only the pad down to the board. This makes it super easy to attach and remove, much like a wake binding.
2013 Litewave Sandal Binding Sizes
The FLS Sandal Binding is available in 2 sizes, USA 5-11 or USA 9-14. The FLS comes standard on all Litewave twin-tip boards or is available separately
With more and more board manufactures not supplying pads and straps with their board….NSI steps in with another market first!! The 2013 NSI Chameleon Strap & Pad System incorporates a new, unique design footstrap with the popular NSI Double Stuff Plate Deck Pad. The strap has a foam top surface, which provides proper structure and a unique look. The strap underside has a special neoprene to foam lamination for ultimate comfort. Easy adjusting system utilizing NSI’s proven cam buckle, like our popular Proton Strap, this strap offers great rider to board connection. The same color foam that is used on the strap is used as the top, grip layer of our Deck Pad (6 -7¼” insert spread). With heal and toe ramps, arch support and a toe bar, this multi density, thick and soft pad is one of a kind. Mount the strap to the deck pad, mount the plate system to your board and go rip. Together these 2013 NSI Chameleon Strap & Pad System work and blend together, Chameleon style.
Available in these colors: Black, White, Blue, Gray, Snow Camo and Blue Camo (Please Specify Color when Ordering)
The 2013 NSI Ultra Crush Oreo Foot Pad lay-up is a contoured, multi density pad that is extra cushy. The 2013 NSI Ultra Crush Oreo Foot Pad lay-up features a new 1/2" firm, yet highly compliant, mini cell foam, offering the most shock resistance of any pad core material. The 2013 NSI Ultra Crush Oreo Foot Pad material lets your foot sink into the pad for superior retention. The heel area of the pad is elevated, enhancing rail-to-rail performance and the pad has a toe grab rib and arch support for increased comfort. Made with a new, softer and slightly thinner top traction material (only available in black).
The 2013 NSI Double Stuff Oreo Foot Pad is just as the name implies—double stuffed with an extra thick, ultra cushy version of the Oreo lay-up. The 2013 NSI Double Stuff Oreo Foot Pad increases the core layer to 3/4" thick, and the top traction layer is a unique black diamond material. The thick white layer between the black top and bottom makes the plate look like a Double Stuff Oreo. This 2013 NSI Double Stuff Oreo Foot Pad lay-up offers the most absorption of any production pads and allows the foot to "sink into" the pad and footstrap for massive foot retention. Great in choppy conditions, tired knees and aggressive freestyle riding on boards with stiffer flex. Made with a new, softer and slightly thinner top traction material, in black only, Your choice of Sandwich Plate, Production Plate or Wake-style Plate.
If you are a beginner or want a good all-round board, we suggest the slip-in binding. Wake style bindings can be difficult to take off and put on, especially while in the water. With one hand on the kite, this can make adjustments and removal quite difficult. Having a board strapped to your feet with a secure boot binding can also not be a good situation. The kite will keep going and the board might not always be in the best of positions. Slip in binding are a good compromise and allow you to spend more time riding instead of working on your equipment. As with all configurations, there are pros and cons to weigh out when selecting your bindings, so a little homework and research might be in order.
At kite-line, we offer bindings from Cabrinha, Litewave, North, NSI and Dakine. If you have any questions, let us know how we can clear things up.