I just received this email and the misinformation contained in it concerned me enough to make me want to create a record so I and others could refer to it when the question comes up again, which it will. Please feel free to add your own experiences. Thanks, Greco
Q. Hi, I am looking to get some skiboards & been trying to look at the options, one thing that confuses me is that skiboards.com say the Spruce Riser plate and bindings can be dangerous. None of the major ski binding manufacturers endorse modifications to how their bindings are mounted to either skiboards or skis. Their comment is that there is no way to tell if these bindings will release when they are supposed to, as the riser introduces a foreign element into the equation. In addition you lose the convenience of step in and go, as you have to still use leashes, as brakes don't work due to the additional height. We will not sell these. i hope you can help?
A. Thank you for contacting us and giving us the opportunity to discuss the information you received. Skiboards.com didn't have a problem with the Spruce riser solution when they were selling it a number of years ago. It wasn't until the owner of Spruce refused to supply them any longer because of a number of business issues that they started passing misinformation about it. Spruce is an authorized Head/Tyrolia dealer, has sold over 500 pairs of the risers and has not had one issue. It's the proven best solution which allows the tightest possible connection between skiboards and bindings. It allows more of the board to flex and gives the customer many more options in terms of being able to remove and change their own bindings. In addition, when bindings use the 4x4 inserts the skiboards can be made lighter and more flexible because the skiboard's core does not need to be made very thick or have a metal plate built into it to hold wood screws. Spruce offers a leash and a brake option, both work as designed.
Please let me know if you have any other questions, my phone number is 1.888.819.2492 - Greco
Please read more about the benefits of 4x4 in this FAQ