Radar Vector Bindings

Alright Ballers. I've told you about my otf that resulted in an ankle fracture, still healing and just now starting to migrate out of the boot. I had been using an old Obrien X9 and had it way too tight. Anyway, I picked up a Radar Vector on clearance and finally could move my ankle enough to try it on. Problem is, it's tight. I can't get my foot out unless the laces are completely loose. As you can imagine this is concerning for me. Can anyone confirm if the bindings will soften up to make it easier for my foot to come out or do I need to search for a different option? Thanks everyone.

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  • dhofertdhofert Posts: 147 Baller
    I have a vector front and HRT rear. I've bad a few nasty falls this year and never felt any pain before release. I do leave it almost all the way loose though. I do think it has softened a bit since I got it.

    Keep in mind this is my first non rubber boot and i have nothing really to compare with.
  • MR.DMR.D Posts: 18 Baller
    @vtmecheng I used a vector front and rear toe plate for three years, and never had a problem with them releasing. I tightend the bottom and left the top relatively loose. They did soften up after 20 sets or so.
  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 575 Crazy Baller
    This is kind of a repetitive thread subject so here ya go. Vectors seem to run small IMO. I was told to get one size up and heat mold. Fit perfect, and no problem with release when cinched up tight. You might want to see if they have a bigger size to exchange. Seen a few ankle injuries this year on both profiles and vectors that were the size smaller. Hope that’s help brotha!
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,377
    Its a good binding but there are potential issues with release / injury if you over tighten them, same with Radar Profile / Vapor and any other bungee release. If its a real problem then invest in the MOB system with a Profile / Vapor and you won't look back. I use the open toe Vector on the rear and it works well but I don't use the top laces. Risk reward investment is a personal choice...
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 575 Crazy Baller
    @vtmecheng Sorry I was thinking about my Vapors. Sorry man. Hey they both start with a V!
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 81 Baller
    @ozski did you just remove the top laces?
  • Fam-manFam-man Posts: 122 Baller
    @vtmecheng I've been on vectors for two years, standard size and I wear a 9.5 shoe so would be in the middle of the spec. I found them hard to get on and use soap to make it easier. I have never had a problem coming out, I run the bottom lace tight and the top bungee snug on the front and the back is all loose.

    Are you testing when they are wet? They come off much easier when in the lake.
  • Fam-manFam-man Posts: 122 Baller
    Oh yeah, after around 10 sets they were definitely looser. I still use soap to get in easier
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 81 Baller
    @bigskieridaho that's ok. Problem on the size is that I have a 13-14 foot size. I'm already in an XL. I may try a few other models just to be sure I get the best release. I'm fairly new to course skiing so want to try for a little lower cost until I'm into this sport more.
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,377
    No they are still there but I don't thread them through the top loop and I pretty much only tension them enough to pull the side of the boot in a little.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 81 Baller
    Cool. I'll give them a try and see how things go after a few times it. Thanks for the experience based info everyone. Now I just need to wait until May for skiing season to come back.
  • shyskiershyskier Posts: 33 Baller
    I have made a shoehorn out of an antifreeze jug so I don't use soap anymore. Spray silicone on it a few times a year keeps it slick.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 81 Baller
    @shyskier I like the idea of silicone since it doesn't damage materials and water don't wash it off quickly.
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