|Revel8 2010 Receptor "Black" Non-Release Skiboard Bindings
Revel8 put all of their 12 years of skiboarding experience into their new Receptor binding. Incorporating all of the best features at the lightest weight, this binding is sure to be a hit with all riders looking for top performance without sacrificing anything.
Revel8 bindings work with all ski boots and hardshell snowboarding boots roughly from sizes 4-13. Please email us your boot's sole length if you have concerns or check this chart
|WARNING: These bindings do not release in normal use.
The use of non-release
bindings may increase the risk of lower leg injury, especially among children
Average Customer Rating
|Number of Raters: 1|
Reviewer: email@example.com 03/28/2010
At the shredfest I had a chance to take a close look at Jack’s new Revel8 Receptor bindings and was very impressed with the workmanship, so much so that I had to order a pair for myself when we returned. Unfortunately, our local resort has closed a bit early for the season and I haven’t had a chance to ride them yet, but thought I would post some comments regarding design, materials and workmanship. The first thing that I noticed about these is the extreme light weight compared to their thickness and hefty appearance. I haven’t weighed them, but they are significantly lighter than the other nonrelease bindings I have for comparison, even though the Receptor base plate itself is somewhat thicker than those others. This is accomplished by a series of well-spaced lightening mill cuts on the underside of the base plate. In fact, all of the aluminum parts (base plate, toe and heel plates, toe clip) appear to be totally machined as opposed to cast, stamped, etc. This is a costly, but very sound and strong method of manufacture. The quality of machining is impressive. Every edge is beautifully radiused or sculpted with no hint of a bur or sharp edge. Just enough evidence of tool marks remain unpolished to leave a faint, jeweled appearance. It’s an attractive look. The toe and heel plates are attached by way of two 8mm stainless steel flat-head screws threading into an elongated t-shaped nut with two tapped holes which engage a milled slot on the underside of the binding. A 5mm allen wrench is supplied to fit these nuts. Besides being extremely strong (the Line ffpro binding used one such screw with a simple hex nut underside), the nut can’t “get lost” underneath a mounted binding when making adjustments, an annoying flaw in the ffpro design. The upper surfaces of the toe and heel plates where they contact the boot are nicely textured with a series of milled grooves to help with boot-binding purchase. Fore-aft boot fitting adjustment is accomplished by a series of 90 degree v-slots on the underside of the toe and heel plates which mesh with a matching set of v-slots on top of the base plate. This system is strong and positive. The old Line ffpros used a similar system but with sharper-angled v-slots, which appear a bit less burly. These slots are spaced to allow a very fine incremental adjustment of just under 1/8”. This set-up allows some range of setback for riders with boots shorter than the max-out adjustment limits, which are very generous. The Receptors have a distinctive toe lever. Most non-release binding levers have an adjustment setscrew stop which rests against the toe of the boot and prevents the clip from over-camming. This is not present on the Receptors. Instead, the stop consists of a slot in the lever which rests against the bale itself. The lever never touches the boot except where it engages the toe extension. It works slick. The boot engagement point of the clip, instead of being rounded along its radius in the common way, is machined with compound angles that conform closely to the contour of the boot itself in a very secure, positive arrangement. Bales are well-shaped stainless steel rod which attach underneath a slot in the toe and heel rests and are welded together at the ends forming a continuous loop. Side-play is limited with a pair of stainless steel bushings on each bale. The bales actually measure .250 inch diameter, which is a bit stouter than the advertised 6mm. The bindings themselves are each attached to the boards by means of four stainless steel 6mm socket head screws and washers which fit into a countersink, leaving the screw-heads flush with the top surface of the binding. Three mounting positions are provided aprox. 8mm apart for a range of about 16mm. The same 5mm allen wrench that fits the heel and toe rest screws also fits these mounting screws, which is handy. A 5mm thick rubber gasket goes between the binding and the board. A chamfer runs along the underside of the binding base on each edge, tapering to nothing on each end. I wasn’t sure of the reason for this, but it becomes apparent when the bindings are actually mounted on a skiboard. When the binding is tightened, the gasket compresses somewhat, especially center under the mounting screws. The chamfer allows some space to accommodate the rubber “bulge” leaving a trim, flush interface end-to-end. These come in assorted anodized colors. The finish seems very durable, but any finish will show through when scratched deeply enough. I chose black, but would have chosen a clear or aluminum finish if it were offered. Smartly, the gripping surface of the toe and heel rests (and a few other surfaces) are faced off after anodizing, leaving them unfinished. The two-tone effect is attractive. Any finish color would wear off quickly in this area. A lot of attention to detail went into the construction of these bindings. I’m highly pleased with them, and it’s obvious “someone” put a great deal of thought and effort into the design.
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