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Edge Control

    Edge Control is the function a ski-binding supplies when putting a ski up on edge.  A good binding must supply powerful edge-control so that there is a nearly 1-to-1 correspondence between skier-movement and ski-edging, starting the instant a skier initiates a turn and all throughout the turn.  Some turns must be performed on ice:  there must be no chatter.  Powerful edge control is necessary for great skiing performance.

    In aeronautical terms, edge control is in the 'roll'-direction.  A binding supplies edge-control based on the width of the toe cup, the width of the heel cup, the width of the heel pad, the width of the anti-friction-pad (AFD), and the magnitude of the hold-down force at the heel.  The toe cup cannot clamp down on the toe of the boot — because the torsional release function would then not function — but for high-performance skiing and racing, the toe cup of the Howell 880 Pro and the Howell 888 Max are designed to block free-play in the roll direction in order to assist the heel with its hold-down force. 

    Pin bindings (some skiers call then 'tech bindings' — but they are hardly 'tech') do not come close to providing good edge-control on firm snow or ice.  Alpine bindings out-perform pin bindings when it comes to edge-control.

    The hold-down force supplied by all ski binding heel-units is cross-linked between the edge-control function and the forward-release function.  Therefore, to maximize edge-control — not only are the binding’s contact surfaces with the boot as wide as possible — so also is the leading-edge of the AFD is located 4.75cm aft of the tip of the ski boot's toe projection to shorten the forward-release fulcrum — so that the hold-down force of the heel becomes higher than all other bindings even when the forward release moment is the same as other bindings.  

    Additionally, the leading edge of Howell SkiBinding AFD’s is straight — so that during ski flex, the boot sole maintains full-contact with the full-width of the AFD.  

    Howell SkiBindings are the only bindings that block chatter during carved turns on ice — even at chart-settings !  


To Order by Reservation-Deposit:

Howell 800 Venus — Loaded with ACL-Friendly features for women.  DIN 2.5—9

Howell 880 Pro — ACL friendly without pre-release.  DIN 5—15


See prices—including $80 Reservation Deposit—in the on-line catalog.


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