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        Howell SkiBindings are the ONLY pure alpine ski bindings providing MCL, ACL and meniscus friendly skiing — without pre-release.  

        This is a big deal.

        ’Born out of 47-years of successful work in the ski-binding category — including top-level work for 2 major European ski-binding companies and co-authoring the DIN-System (1) — Howell SkiBindings uniquely provide what all skiers want but cannot get anywhere else.  Powerful anti-pre-release.  Powerful edge-control.  MCL, ACL and meniscus friendly skiing.  

        No other binding provides these 3 combined advantages.

        During the last 20 years, extraordinary scientific research has been performed by Howell to biomechanically-prove and refine the ACL-friendly scientific-revolution that will bring great joy to millions of skiers.  The biomechanical-proof has been peer-reviewed and presented at major international orthopedic research and skiing-science conferences around the world (2).  Perhaps even more significantly, extensive tacit and on-snow experience has definitively verified anti-pre-release at normal settings.  This extraordinary function is a major first for alpine ski-bindings.

        ‘A true paradigm shift.

        ‘Three key breakthroughs:  ‘MCL, ACL & meniscus friendly skiing — powerful anti-pre-release at normal-settings — extraordinary edge control at normal-settings.  It’s now possible for the first time anywhere to have all 3 advantages in one binding.


       The patented technology uniquely incorporates ‘functional decoupling’ to separate the special 3-modes of release — including additional lateral-heel release — from the key factors that cause pre-release.  For example, each of the 3 pivots that articulate release in each of the 3 different modes of release — lateral-toe, forward-heel, lateral-heel — are off-set from the compression-vectors that are formed by the ski-boot during ski-flex.  These features resolutely re-center the ski and the boot during this otherwise typical pre-release condition.

       Powerful edge control is delivered — unlike any other binding, setting-for-setting — with super-wide boot-contact in the toe-cup, heel-cup, AFD, and heel-pad.

       MCL, ACL and meniscus-friendly skiing is provided by additional lateral-heel release together with scientifically-derived settings.  ‘And Howell SkiBindings uniquely provide a low, 17mm, standheight to allow efficient use with any AT-frame — the use of just about any racing-lifter, while still remaining under FIS standheight regulations — or by leaving the binding flat on the ski to further provide MCL, ACL & meniscus friendly skiing.

       Before first-shipments in October, 2023 — it’s a reasonable expectation that Howell SkiBindings will achieve certification according to DIN/ISO 9462, 9465 & 11087 — in Germany — especially since Rick Howell is a co-author of these ski-binding safety standards.

       Important note:  ‘pin-tech bindings’ can easily cause tibia-plateau / tibia-tuberosity fractures — and hybrid A/T bindings that change to full-alpine do not provide MCL, ACL or meniscus friendly skiing.  Other bindings with ‘diagonal release’ do not respond to the key loads that cause ACL, MCL or meniscus injury (downward-weighted abduction-moments) — and no ski-boot can pass-laterally through the side-lugs of pivot-turntable bindings (pivot-turntable bindings cause ACL, MCL and meniscus injury).   


       THE GOOD NEWS.  

       To place a pre-order deposit now — click a model-photo (above) — then click-thru the order-sequence.

       Prices shown are ‘full retail’.  Use the drag-down feature to place a pre-order deposit.  US$80 (eighty-$).  Pre-order deposits placed now for October 2023 delivery receive 30%-off the full-price,  FREE shipping within USA,  and a FREE precision-metal mounting jig.  The grand total net-net-net price is parody with ordinary alpine bindings with pre-order deposits placed now — but the net-net-net-net cost of ‘friendly-skiing’ is exceedingly less-less compared with ordinary alpine bindings.

        $80 deposits placed now receive 30%-off the fully-loaded grand-total price + FREE Shipping, October, 2023.  Use drag-down to reveal the US$80 deposit price.

        Full-price pre-orders placed now receive FREE mounting & testing, FREE shipping of skis, boots & bindings both-ways.  

        All pre-orders are fully-refundable at any time. 

Howell Venus   DIN 2.5–8   Extra ACL, MCL, meniscus friendly for lite and average-weight women — with added valgus-canting.  Patented.

Howell Mars   DIN 5–16   A decisive balance of ACL, MCL, and meniscus friendly function; powerful anti-pre-release at normal settings; powerful edge-control at normal settings.  Patented.

Howell Planet-B   DIN 8–22   Titanium housings.  F1 valve springs.  Extreme-settings.  Max retention.  Max edge-control.  This binding is the real deal.  CAUTION:  FOR EXTREME SKIERS & RACERS ONLY.   Patented. 


  Anti-pre-release.  ACL, MCL, meniscus friendly.

                       Howell SkiBindings

                          It was inevitable.




(1)  Successful top-line work for 2 major European alpine ski-binding companies, including 8-years of senior product management at one company and co-development of a worldwide #1-selling alpine ski-binding for the other company.  Further, and separately, Rick Howell is also the sole-inventor and developer of the world’s first hands-off clipless bicycle pedals (created the category of clipless pedals);  and the sole-inventor and prime-developer of #1-selling Tubbs high-tech snowshoes.  

(2)  Proven through top-level scientific-committee peer-reviewed and approved biomechanical research promulgated, performed and/or presented by Rick Howell at:

   IOC (International Olympic Committee) World Conference on Prevention of Injury in Sports, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 2017  (research performed and presented by Rick Howell);  

   ICSS (International Conference on Science in Skiing) Voukatti, Finland, 2019;  

   SITEMSH (International Society for Snowsports Medicine) Flachu, Austria, 2015;  Barcelona, Spain, 2016;  and Inawashiro, Japan, 2017;

   ESSKA (European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy) Barcelona, Spain, 2016 — abstract published in British Journal of Sports Medicine;  and Milan, Italy / Virtual, 2021.

   ISSS (International Society for Skiing Safety) Pontresina, Switzerland, 2003 (research promulgated by Rick Howell;  performed and presented by University of Montréal PhD biomechanical researchers, Nancy St-Onge, Jacques DeGuise).  

   ISSS expanded plus original research promulgated, performed and presented by Rick Howell at — Niigata, Japan, 2005;  Aviemore, Scotland, 2007;  San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina,  2013;  Cortina, Italy, 2015;  Innsbruck, Austria 2017;  and Squaw Valley, California, USA, 2019.



Howell SkiBindings  (sm)
PO Box 1274    •   Stowe, Vermont 05672  USA
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Copyright © by Rick Howell and Howell SkiBindings, 2021.  All rights reserved.  U.S. Patent 9,463,370.  Other patents-pending.  Content subject to change without notice.


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** $20 is automatically added to orders shipped outside of USA.