Hyperlite Bindings/Boots & Cabrinha Custom

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Hyperlite Bindings/Boots & Cabrinha Custom

Postby PistolPete » Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:59 pm

I have been riding an OR Mako 150 for several few winters and wanted to try a different twin tip board that would be a good for medium/high winds. I picked up a Cabrinha Custom 144 as I read it should handle the chop well with a high rocker and has inserts that can handle boots. I decided to try the Hyperlite System bindings and boots because I liked the idea of boots on my feet in the cold winter walking on barnacles and I have snowboarded with these type bindings for many years. Hyperlite is a local company and I was able to take my board to a local wakeboard shop to buy the bindings/boots/hardware and make sure the inserts lined up and the angle adjustments work. I did not use the extra footpads that come with the bindings as the boots seem well padded.

I spent a day last week trying out my new set-up and it worked great. Bending over to strap into the bindings/board with a harness around your waist and kite attached/flying takes some flexibility and patience. My feet were never cold in booties but in these boots the water flows thru and my feet were cold standing in the water, but not noticeable when riding. The “Boa Closure System”, on the Marek boots, has a dial that tightens/loosens the stainless steel laces that works well and the top half of the boots use laces. Need to take care that the extra lace string is tucked well away so they don’t float out. Here are a few of my general impressions from riding the Cab Custom 144 with boots compared to the OR Mako 150 with pads, in similar medium/high wind conditions:

Ocean Rodeo Mako 150 & Pads
- Getting started… requires medium power/speed
- Rides best… medium powered
- Upwind… does good
- Turns/Carves… locked in gripped feel
- Slides/Spins… concave board so lift helps
- In the pocket… sweet carve
- Over the lip… land with nose up/tail low
- Lose board… sticky, does not blow downwind well

Cabrinha Custom 144 & Boots
- Getting started… requires more power/speed
- Rides best… fully powered, faster
- Upwind… further/better if aggressive
- Turns/Carves… rear weight biasing helps slice
- Slides/Spins… all fun
- In the pocket… slash it
- Over the lip… land with some edge & speed
- Lose board… you have bigger problems to worry about

Rider: Intermediate 6’1” & 190#
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Re: Hyperlite Bindings/Boots & Cabrinha Custom

Postby Salmonslayer » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:16 pm

Pete,

It is NOT commercial if you receive no benefit from discussing a product. I am assuming you are not sponsored. Dont let the fuzzy, subjective and inconsistent application of the rules scare you off from posting your non-commercial personal opinion in the main forum for all to see.

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Re: Hyperlite Bindings/Boots & Cabrinha Custom

Postby PistolPete » Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:10 pm

PMCD wrote:Pete, It is NOT commercial if you receive no benefit from discussing a product. I am assuming you are not sponsored. Dont let the fuzzy, subjective and inconsistent application of the rules scare you off from posting your non-commercial personal opinion in the main forum for all to see. And thanks for taking the time to provide insight into gear


No sponsorship $ here. :beer:

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second session update:

Wore a pair of 2mm O’Neill Socks, no more cold feet. The boot liners are heat moldable but I need the extra room for the socks now, so I’m going to skip that.

Before putting the board down to step on, I closed the lower/toe straps 1 buckle click in. This allowed me to slide the toe of my boots into the binding and ratchet tight. Still difficult to get the upper/ankle straps together/started while flying the kite (more so this time because I was flying a smaller kite in gusty winds). I have been connecting the straps while standing up in 1’ of shore-break water. Maybe I’ll try sitting down next time to see if that makes starting the upper strap any easier. Once started, ratcheting the straps tight is easy. Getting out is easy with the snowboard/industry standard type single pull on the buckle release.

I suppose an advantage of non-attached-to-the-board boots is they are easy to submerse in Mirazime after rinsing them out. Never noticed the footpads on my board stinking bad, but you know how rancid booties get. These boots have an easy to remove sole insert that makes rinsing the sand out easy and they are vented so they dry out fairly fast.

I think I’m converted to boots for medium/high winds, taking more risks, no worries about losing the board is great. I am learning to let go of the bar quicker when wiping out, a few face down submarine rides made me a believer. :blackeye:

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third session update:

Left knee on the inside has been a little sore so I reduced the duck/angle slightly and after this third session no soreness. Maybe it is new muscles building up that reduced the soreness but I’m going to keep this stance for a while.

Routine to get strapped while flying the kite is getting refined...
1-Connect the toe straps one click
2-Slide foot #1 into the toe strap
3-Kneel down connect foot #1 ankle strap
4-Tighten foot #1 ankle strap & toe strap
5-Stand and slide foot #2 into the toe strap
6-Bend down and tighten foot #2 toe strap
7-Bend down and connect foot #2 ankle strap
8-Bend down and tighten foot #2 ankle strap
It’s step 7 that is the most challenging to get the ankle strap and buckle started.
Liking the boots more every session :thumbright:
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