Article by Leo Chen
Photos on this page taken by Bryant Truong of The Urbaners
Man.. our title gets longer and longer every year. Why round 1? Because Ronix, Liquid Force, Airush, North and Humanoid have yet to come and I wanted to get some data out to you guys. I’m headed to Brazil soon, and there will be no boots tests out there. Not the kind that will get you nice numbers anyways. Hop on down to the bottom if you just want to see the numbers in a sortable clickable table. We also put up a page for each boot with the relevant stats and detailed high res pictures.
So what’s different this year? We have more and more kite companies coming out with their own branded boots. Cabrinha and Airush have both stepped into the market. Sure they may or may not be built on existing wake chassis, but it’s still nice to see kite companies give the wakestyle crowd a bit more attention.
This year, we’ve also rebuilt our test rig. In 2015, we now give you front and rear flex as well. Thank you based universal joint. We’ve also moved the pivot point upwards a bit, which should be a better approximation of where you ankle would actually flex.
In case you want to know what we’re testing and why, please check out last year’s rundown where we give a more detailed explanation. Unfortunately, because we rebuilt our test rig, you won’t be able to compare flex numbers from last year to this year. However, mass, dry and wet can be compared. Hopefully we wont’ lose/break our test rig for next year.
The Lineup for Round 1
Slingshot (Mauricio, was nice enough to send out the boots for free)
Inward Flex (degrees)
Outward Flex (degrees)
Mass (dry, one boot) kilograms
Mass (wet, one boot) kilograms
Heel Hold Down