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Howell Lateral-Heel-Release Test-Fixture (Optional)


Howell Lateral-Heel-Release Test-Fixture (sm)*        

Available now !


Optional — though suggested.

     Mostly for ski shops — and available to all skiers, too — this is an optional bench-mounted test-fixture that assists with the functional inspection of lateral heel release**.   Please see photos, below.   Ski-tuning bench is not included.

     This release-test fixture helps to verify the function of the complete ski-boot-binding system during the unique lateral heel release function of Howell SkiBindings. 

     Howell Lateral-Heel Test-Fixture rigidly secures ski boots for the validation of the binding’s lateral heel release.  The only other elements needed to validate lateral heel release is a tape-measure (not included);  a pre-existing, properly-calibrated, lateral toe release setting;  and Howell SkiBindings specifications for the special operating-range of the lateral heel release (included).

     Howell Lateral-Heel Test-Fixture is 1-piece solid stainless steel with a fully-integrated stainless steel 'foot'.  Includes stainless-steel sailing hardware and non-stretch high-tech sailing lines to rigidly-secure any ski boot — alpine, AT, or Telemark.  Stainless steel bolts to mount the fixture to a sturdy bench are included. 

     Lifetime Limited Warranty.

     This is a robust test-fixture for validation, calibration, and demonstration of lateral heel release function.  It is optional.



   Anti-pre-release.  ACL-friendly.

           Howell SkiBindings 
               It was inevitable.



PO Box 1274    •   Stowe, Vermont 05672  USA

1.802.793.4849  •  •


*  Howell Test Fixture (sm) is a service mark of Howell SkiBindings.

**  For lateral-toe (and forward-heel) release measurements, we recommend the newest version of the Vermont Release Calibrator that's available through Vermont Safety Research in Underhill, Vermont, USA.



Howell SkiBindings is against (a) ski waist widths greater than 100mm  AND  (b) all 'pin-binding's' (except new Trab TR2) — due to their association with a new type of skiing-injury:  severe, high-energy tibia-plateau and tibial-tuberosity 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 multiple-fragments, difficult surgical reconstruction, and 10 to 15-months of aggressive rehabilitation.  Fat skis on firm snow are a serious problem for the sustainability of our beautiful sport.   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.