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Howell 800 Venus

Howell 800 Venus


For Lite female skiers.    2.5—9 DIN.    $600.

World's 1st eco-friendly ski binding — made of castor beans (engineering-grade, Nylon-11)      

Deposit Price: $100  (balance invoiced before shipment, 2018).     

Deposits are fully-refundable at any time.     

Deposits placed now receive a 30% discount on the full price in 2018:  invoiced balance  =  $320 in 2018.

First shipments — October, 2018.     



     Howell 800 Venus (sm) is the world's 1st eco-friendly ski bindingmade of castor beans — supertough engineering-grade Nylon-11.  With a slightly scaled-down housing and extra Q-angle canting — this binding is expressly designed for lite females. 

Convenient, easy step-in even in lite powder. 

(( Details:  Precision-ground, double-set springs.  Maximum retention & anti-pre-release due to (a) unique functional-decoupling of the 3-modes of elastic-release from the multiple modes of skiing control & (b) decoupling of ski-brake pressure during ski-counterflex.  Maximum edge-control is provided by maximum lateral boot-interfaces;  straight-across forward-fulcrum-point;  & shortened forward-fulcrum-point (from heel to leading-edge of fulcrum).  Patented, low, 17mm stand-height reduces valgus (abduction-moment) loading into the knee.  0°-ramp angle for neutral stance.  Additional 3rd mode of lateral heel release, without pre-release, addresses ACL-friendly skiing — based on plausible in-house biomechanical research (not validated, yet, epidemiologically).  Additional vertical & multi-directional toe release for BIAD-friendly (Boot Induced Anterior Drawer) and 'backward-twisting' ACL-friendly skiing. ))

    Optional Q-angle-canting comes standard (though increasing stand-height by 4mm — to a total stand-height of 21mm — which stand-height is also low). 

     Anticipated conformance to international alpine ski binding standards ISO 9462, 9465 & 11087 plus 'standard industry practice' for durability & anti-pre-release — anticipated certification in Germany.

     Individually tested and calibrated. 

     Lifetime limited warranty. 

     Both ski-brake widths included with purchase:  70-80mm;  80-90mm.*

     On-line service information and Service-Certification is available.


    Anti-pre-release.  ACL-friendly.


Howell SkiBindings
   It was inevitable.



Copyright © 2017 by Rick Howell and Howell SkiBindings.  All rights reserved.
U.S. Patent 9,463,370 and other patents pending.

'ACL-Friendly', 'It was inevitable', 'Howell SkiBindings', 'Howell 800 Venus' are Service Marks.


* Howell SkiBindings company is against (a) ski waist widths greater than 87mm  AND  (b) all 'pin-binding's' (except new Trab TR2) — due to (a.i) their association with a new type of skiing-injury:  severe, high-energy tibia-plateau fractures, severe tibial-tuberosity fractures, cumulative miniscus-damage, and MCL-rupture;  and (b.i) due to high-energy, spiral-tiba-fractures.  Both new types of skiing injuries are the fastest-growing categories of injuries in skiing — matching the growth of fat-skis and pin-bindings.  The high-energy nature of the new types of skiing fractures involve many multiple-fragments, difficult surgical reconstruction, and 10 to 15-months of aggressive rehabilitation.  Fat skis (on firm snow) and pin-bindings (in any snow) ((except the new Trab TR2)) — are a serious problem for the sustainability of our beautiful sport:  the ISO standards on pin-bindings are knowingly wrong:  they are about money;  political-engineering;  patent portfolios;  and must be immediately changed to reflect human-biomechanics, not just manufacturing-tolerances.  References:  (1) Dominik Heim, MD;  SITEMSH-Japan, 2016.  (2) Zorko; Nemec; Matjacic; Olensek;  Alpine Skiing Simulations Prove Ski Waist-Width Influences Knee Joint Kinematics; ISSS-Innsbruck, Austria, 2017.  (3) Stenroos; Pakarinen; Jalkanen; Mälkiä; Handolin;  Tibial Fractures in Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding in Finland: A Retrospective Study on Fracture Types and Injury Mechanisms in 363 patients;  Scand J Surg Off Organ Finn Surg Soc Scand Surg Soc., Sept 2015,  doi:10.1177/1457496915607410.  (4) Improved Short Term Outcomes in Tibial Plateau Fractures of Snow Sports Injuries Treated with Immediate Open Reduction Internal Fixation;  Janes, MD; Leonard, MSPH; Phillips, PA-C; Salottolo, MPH; Abbott, MD, Bar-Or, MD;  ISSS-Innsbruck, Austria, 2017.


**US$20 is charged at the time of reservation for international orders.