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OB4s helped me out today

Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,466 Mega Baller
Did a weird fall today and escaped with absolutely no harm. I did an unusual spinout out of 2 (working on some new techniques) and managed to pretty much ski into the handle V. Of course, this gave a good jerk to my ski. In a rubber boot, that can hurt quite a bit, although admittedly not likely to cause serious injury.

With the OB4, the front boot simply popped off. It was so smooth I didn't even realize it had happened until my right foot started floating away from the ski. I also suspect that the instant release helped avoid damage to the ski. As a minor bonus, I was able to reinsert the boot without having to get on the platform.

To be fair, most pin systems would have worked the same way. But anyway I came away still very happy with my move to OB4s.

Great invention @mmosley899!

Also ran 4.5 @ -38 today (after the above fall), tying season best. I'm mostly working on -32 right now trying to change some fundamentals. But today I decided to take a crack to see if anything was starting to rub off. Seems like a little has!

Waay aside: This led @MikeT to wonder if it would be possible to take off with just one foot in and then snap in the rear boot. Not sure there's any real point to that, but an amusing idea!
Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
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Comments

  • rfarfa Posts: 249 Baller
    Hi @Than. ..good skiing...glad it's still warm 20 miles east of here...As a long time fan/user of "pin systems" (fogman for well over 10 yrs) I have been very interested in the ob4s...My ONLY question has been whether one could release only one boot...big "NoNo" for me...I thought the answer was no but if I read your post correctly it may be yes...would you clarify sometime at your convenience
    Rui Afonso
  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,089 Mega Baller
    edited October 2014
    I sense @gator1 comment coming.
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • JJRJJR Posts: 31 Baller
    I have the same question as @rfa. I have had my back foot come out in an OTF fall and the ski hit the water and stuck on after the first somersault. As I kept tumbling forward my front leg straightened as I went over the front for the second time. Hyper extended to a dislocation. Knee totally blown (second time I have done this, not skiing the first time). I now ski without ACL and PCL so both feet releasing is compulsory for me.
    Currently using Stealths which have been great but always looking for something safer.
  • rfarfa Posts: 249 Baller
    Thank you for your comment @kfennell. I interpret your main point as that in a rotational fall the OB4s always release both boots (because that's the only type of fall where one in/one out is bad...not sure i fully agree, looks like @JJR may have a different experience). But my concern is that I had the impression that the OB4s always released both boots and @than's post may suggest otherwise
    Rui Afonso
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    Water ski bindings are a good 30+ years in technology behind snow ski bindings.
  • JJVDMZNJJVDMZN Posts: 128 Baller
    Ordered 3 x OB4 systems yesterday for the whole family.
    Can't wait for it to arrive!!!
    Than_BoganMattPSteven_HainesE_T
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,466 Mega Baller
    edited October 2014
    @JJVDMZN Don't forget to check out my Idiots Guide to OB4:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M3z1wtYSyhHVQGdpaH_UOD2dEW0jhYlMHtD0eoizspg

    It may save you some time.

    In fact, I need to update it to note that the bolt/washer setup I recommend in there has worked so well that I haven't tightened my bolts in a month. The original setup wouldn't necessarily make it through a set, so that's a night-and-day difference.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    JJVDMZN
  • mmosley899mmosley899 Posts: 597 Water Ski Industry Professional
    Just to clarify, you can have only one boot release from the OB4 double boot system in some instances, but if there is any rotational force or dragging on the ski that would cause any injury, the second boot would also release once your release setting was exceeded. Resulting in no injury!! That is the point anyway... @kfennell‌ is correct...

    Also of note, I have skied all summer with no problems from the original bolt/washer setup. If you need it, try @Than_Bogan‌ setup...or Loctite, seems the screws may work loose from flexing of the boot... Also I have other solutions if needed.

    @Edbrazil‌ thirty years behind because there is thirty time less money in water skiing...
    Mike's Overall Binding www.mobsystemrelease.com
    Sweet Home Alabama Skiing
    Senior Judge, Senior Driver, Tech Controller
    Than_Bogan
  • mmosley899mmosley899 Posts: 597 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @JJR‌ your injury absolutely would not happen in the OB4 system with the release tension properly set!
    Mike's Overall Binding www.mobsystemrelease.com
    Sweet Home Alabama Skiing
    Senior Judge, Senior Driver, Tech Controller
    Than_Bogan
  • mmosley899mmosley899 Posts: 597 Water Ski Industry Professional
    BTW, I have only released from the OB4 double boot slalom system one time this season, a crushing out the front at 35off. But it released as it is supposed to... I run the system set at ~55lbs, but I also have learned not to take those hard falls, for the most part...
    Mike's Overall Binding www.mobsystemrelease.com
    Sweet Home Alabama Skiing
    Senior Judge, Senior Driver, Tech Controller
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,466 Mega Baller
    If you are serious about safety, I strongly recommend two things:
    1) Use a head-guard in your handle V. My personal favorite is the In-Tow bar.
    2) Use either OB4s or a single-plate pin system with a Gatormod. I truly believe these are a cut above all other options in terms of safety.

    I tend to be a "whole truth" kinda guy, which perhaps can lead to some confusion. So I hope nobody will take my occasional suggestions for/criticisms of the OB4 system in the wrong way. It is flat out the safest system ever made, and its performance in the slalom course is just as good as anything else I've tried.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    ALPJr
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