See what you make of Lumbos: a rotating disc that sits between your board and bindings allowing you limitless stance options while you ride.
Another day, another snowboarding Kickstarter campaign, vying for your support. After several autonomous drones were successfully funded on Kickstarter, there have been a few new snowboard-related Kickstarter projects that have come our way since.
The latest one to drop into the inbox is 'Lumbos', a rotating disc that sits between your bindings and board, allowing allowing 'your feet to rotate independently for a more free and comfortable experience'.
This isn't the first time we've seen the idea of rotating bindings, with 'Rotary-Ah' perhaps being the most notable. One of the selling points for these rotating bindings is that skating through lift lines will be more comfortable.
Lumbos extends that idea to an even greater extent, by allowing total freedom of movement while riding:
Simply shifting your weight around and changing foot angles accordingly, you will be able to use any combination of unlimited positions/stances to perform some amazing tricks — alpine, duck, fakie, flat, freestyle, goofy, jibbing, & more… just as one normally would surfing or skating. Maybe even with the potential to perform a 360˚ table top or ‘tray’!
Yes that's right, even Jeremy Jones' notorious 360-shuvits will be possible with these discs installed...
While the concept is definitely an interesting one, our immediate concern is that your feet will move around when you don't want them to, like when landing spins on kickers. And how would one foot traverses work?
The team behind Lumbos suggest that when you apply pressure to an edge, your stance becomes locked, although we have to admit that without testing these ourselves, we're a little sceptical:
Your feet move only when YOU want them to— by weighting your heels or your toes, you control the exact stance and positioning of your feet.
To us, this seems like another attempt to fix a problem that never really existed in the first place, but we'll leave that one up to you guys:
Could this technology ever work? Let us know in the comments section below.