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Howell 888 WC Racing

Howell 888 WC Racing

DIN 6—26*      $1200        


Deposit price:  $400  (balance is invoiced before shipment, Oct 2018).  

Deposits are fully-refundable at any time.  

Deposits placed now receive a 30% discount on the full price in Oct 2018:  invoiced balance  =  $440 in Oct 2018.

First shipments — October, 2018.



     Lite.  Super-Strong.  Titanium housings.  Formula-1 valve springs.  Max setting — DIN 26.   This is The Real Deal

     Maximum retention & anti-pre-release due to (a) unique functional-decoupling of the 3 modes of elastic-release from the different, multiple-modes that provide ski-racing and extreme-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).  No vertical toe release, no multi-directional toe-release (this binding does not address the low-prevalence 'BIAD' and 'backward-twisting' knee injury mechanisms).  Pincer toe with rollers.  Patented, super-low 17mm stand-height allows compliance with FIS-specifications even when combined with most 3rd-party lifters.   0° ramp-angle.   Sculpted for tipping.   Rock solid stainless steel internal-components (no galvanic corrosion with titanium housings).  Floating mounting system provides maximum long-term retention of mounting screws.   Additional 3rd-mode of lateral heel release without pre-release provides ACL-friendly skiing — based on plausible in-house biomechanical research (not validated, yet, epidemiologically)*.  Extreme durability.

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

  Hand-calibrated, individually race-tuned — bespoke — by the Howell Racing Department. 

  Mounting template;  special DIN 4.1mm-diameter drill bit;  DIN-screw tap;  Howell ACL-Friendly Fixture* — included with each purchase.

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

  A wide range of cants and related special screw-lengths are included.

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

  Optional Howell Forward Retention Test Device, $18,000  (not included, see Catalog).

  Howell 888 WC Racing is bespoke.  Supply is limited.



    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 888 WC Racing' are Service Marks.

* Elevated settings (higher than ISO 8061-recommended release settings) can negate release, irrespectively of Wolff's (bone strengthening) Law.

** US$20 is charged with Reservation Deposit for international orders.



*** 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.