X Turn – Rotating Snowboard Binding by David Newton

X Turn is a snowboard binding that allows the user to quickly adjust their stance angle settings without the need to remove their foot from the binding. Current bindings require the user’s foot to be removed and use of tool to adjust their stance settings. When riding a chairlift or skating’ along flat terrain the users front foot can be positioned forward making these operations easier and more comfortable. Riders can quickly change their stance angle settings when riding different types of terrain. Beginner riders can experiment with different angle settings to find the most suitable.

Pulling up on the release handle at the back will unlock the binding and the heel end will rise up off the board. The binding is now free to rotate by the user turning their foot. Once the desired angle has been reached the user stamps’ down on their heel to lock the binding in place, The binding will remain locked in this position until the user repeats the adjustment process.

Designer: David Newton

59 Comments

  • andyons says:

    COOL~~

  • Arthur Marrero says:

    Ok, nice binding. Actually great. Where can I buy it?

  • WILL says:

    The picture does remind me of death machine in
    🙂

  • jeff says:

    Where Can I Buy It???

  • your all dumb says:

    This is a terrible snowboard binding. First off the large handle to release the binding is terribly designed. say your out having a good time making some deep carves and your on your heel side and lose your edge hold that bar could easily be pulled on a release the binding. or say you just hit a big kicker and throwing a huge 720 or 900 w.e and you come down on your back again and that bar releases again your binging would release. and this may be more far fetched but what if both release at the same time but goodbye snowboard your a$$ will be running after it. and even so the company flow has a rental binding with a way smarter and simple system yea you have to take your foot out but with one lever that is under the toe of your foot is much less likely to release if at all.

  • Eric says:

    This seems awesome, but I can’t find any place to purchase one…anyone know?

  • David Newton says:

    Thanks for the interest everyone. I’m afraid the X-Turn binding is not available to buy. Hopefully in the future it will.

    ‘Your all dumb says’ just to respond to some of your comments, I cant understand at the first glance that the design looks bad and I agree the binding coming undone whilst riding would be disastrous!! In reality the rear handle would be designed as part of the heel cup, but due to uni time constraints and the type of binding I had to design it onto I couldn’t do this. The rear handle doesn’t undo the whole binding from the board, it only releases the mechanism that stops the binding from rotating on the board, this release also requires the users weight to be taken off their foot to allow this mechanism to unlock, therefore because of this it would be impossible for it to unlock whilst riding, and could only unlocked whilst the user is stationery and could then unlock one foot at a time.

    Thanks – I hope that helps / makes sense.
    David

  • industrial design st says:

    I think this is a great idea, but i have to agree about the design of the handle. it doesnt quite fit with the rest of the binding. why not give it some curves/angles and details like you so nicely did on the rest of it?

    anyway, a nice idea and good luck.

  • industrial design student says:

    I think this is a great idea, but i have to agree about the design of the handle. it doesnt quite fit with the rest of the binding. why not give it some curves/angles and details like you so nicely did on the rest of it?

    anyway, a nice idea and good luck.

  • ridedesign217 says:

    We design a new snowboard binding; we will show it up soon!!!

  • ooga booga says:

    Do you have a protoype? And if so, has it been tested?

    • David Newton says:

      Hi Mate,

      Thanks for the interest.
      Yeah I do have a working prototype, but it was hand made so not possible to test it on the slopes. It would need to be soft tooled before it could be properly tested and that costs quite a bit. I have done alot of FEA simulations to prove its strong enough and used existing bindings on the market as strengh bendmarks. Therefore fairly confident it will be strong enough.

      Cheers

  • jay says:

    Very interesting.
    How far are you with the final design?

    • David Newton says:

      Hi Jay,

      As I said above the design is at the working prototype stage where all the key design risks have been resolved. It is all toolable and costed up with tool quotes and part costs etc.
      The mechanism has been designed around a fairly old binding design (was done in 2005 / 2006) so some more work would need to be done to intergrate it into a more up to date binding design. Next stage would be further protoyping and possibly soft tooling to life test and pass the relevant ISO standards.

      Cheers
      D

  • Wickidiwoo says:

    Bournemouth?

  • meh says:

    seriously?

    “The rear handle doesn’t undo the whole binding from the board, it only releases the mechanism that stops the binding from rotating on the board, this release also requires the users weight to be taken off their foot to allow this mechanism to unlock, therefore because of this it would be impossible for it to unlock whilst riding, and could only unlocked whilst the user is stationery and could then unlock one foot at a time.”

    The free rotation would be worse than the whole binding coming off in some ways… if you could design a release that was safe, it might work…but saying this..

    “this release also requires the users weight to be taken off their foot to allow this mechanism to unlock, therefore because of this it would be impossible for it to unlock whilst riding, and could only unlocked whilst the user is stationery and could then unlock one foot at a time.”

    shows you’re really ignorant of what actually happens when snowboarding… what if you have all your weight or most of it on the back or front foot while making a turn? then one releases and you ruin your knees… anyways… its an ambitious concept but actual snowboarders have a natural instinct not to trust stuff like this

    • David Newton says:

      Hi Meh,

      Thanks for the interest. Like you my biggest concern / risk when designing the binding was it releasing by accident, (and being strong enough is the first place), so throughout the developement of the binding these areas were a main priority with the mechanism. I have been snowboarding for 13 years now and I do understand what happens when snowboarding / how a users weight is distributed during turns and going from heel to toe etc. I even have actual test simulations. It is quite hard to explain on here exactly how the release works and I agree that what you read above does sound quite woolly, but I maintain that the chances of it accidentally releasing are non existant. I do have a hand made working prototype that goes some way to prove this, however being handmade is far from strong enough to test on a mountain.

      This design is still just a concept, so until it can be thoroughly tested on real parts this cannot be proven, so yes I do agree its a risk.

      I also do agree with you that in general snowboardings do tend to shy away from designs like these, mainly due to the added weight or fears about strength. That is why this binding is really designed for beginner riders, who have most problems riding chairlifts / getting stuck on the flats.

      Thanks

  • asshat says:

    Wow, I always thought my snowboard didn’t have enough moving parts! This is totally practical and I want one!

  • joe says:

    Dont fall for this bull shit. you will all be much more happy spending the money on a new set of drakes. that is just my professional opinion. but do what u wish.

  • mvm says:

    i had this exact idea two years ago.. glad someone could actually build it.. m sure it will sell.

  • mvm says:

    i had this exact idea two years ago.. glad someone could actually build it.. m sure it will sell.

  • gayassbindings says:

    worst idea for a binding ever not to mention they r the ugliest pieces of shit ive ever seen

  • gayassbindings says:

    worst idea for a binding ever not to mention they r the ugliest pieces of shit ive ever seen

  • Dick Proenneke says:

    This binding is awful. No self respecting snowboarder would need to change their stance on the fly, the binding is so ridiculiously bulky, no toe straps, and would be the worst binding on a powder day and freeze up.

    Awful Binding

  • Dick Proenneke says:

    This binding is awful. No self respecting snowboarder would need to change their stance on the fly, the binding is so ridiculiously bulky, no toe straps, and would be the worst binding on a powder day and freeze up.

    Awful Binding

  • meg says:

    nice! i was just thinking yesterday, "man, i wish someone would invent a rotating binding…" i tore my ACL snowboarding last year and am having a hard time finding a comfy position again. is there any way you could give a rider the ability to change the binding orientation while riding? that would be great but i don't know if it's plausible…

  • meg says:

    nice! i was just thinking yesterday, “man, i wish someone would invent a rotating binding…” i tore my ACL snowboarding last year and am having a hard time finding a comfy position again. is there any way you could give a rider the ability to change the binding orientation while riding? that would be great but i don't know if it's plausible…

  • Johnny Chimpo says:

    it would only be good for shops renting boards to save a bunch of time. no decent snowboarder will bolt those onto a board. plus the style is too boxey and ugly. cool idea, i'll give you that….but the practicality is missing. make it safer, with a smoother style, and maybe it could be a hit. but again, i only think that rental shops would be interested in the idea…good luck

  • Johnny Chimpo says:

    it would only be good for shops renting boards to save a bunch of time. no decent snowboarder will bolt those onto a board. plus the style is too boxey and ugly. cool idea, i'll give you that….but the practicality is missing. make it safer, with a smoother style, and maybe it could be a hit. but again, i only think that rental shops would be interested in the idea…good luck

  • SmokeTheForest says:

    The even the possibility of your foot being able to come loose while your riding makes me scared, Ski bindings, are implementing technology that the back brake moves slightly to either side as a safety precaution. If the ski does get twisted then it absorbs some of the energy then releases, my friend broke his leg because his bindings did not eject. BUT! With all that being sad, there is no need for this movement to be that easily attainable on a snowboard, given the way that you go down the mountain, this could lead to horrendous leg accidents. Another concern is the durability of this, I've had my bindings for a while and they sometimes come loose a little on the same axis this one is suggesting, so if my bindings that don't have this technology can do that after a lot of ware, how are these going to hold up?

  • SmokeTheForest says:

    The even the possibility of your foot being able to come loose while your riding makes me scared, Ski bindings, are implementing technology that the back brake moves slightly to either side as a safety precaution. If the ski does get twisted then it absorbs some of the energy then releases, my friend broke his leg because his bindings did not eject. BUT! With all that being sad, there is no need for this movement to be that easily attainable on a snowboard, given the way that you go down the mountain, this could lead to horrendous leg accidents. Another concern is the durability of this, I've had my bindings for a while and they sometimes come loose a little on the same axis this one is suggesting, so if my bindings that don't have this technology can do that after a lot of ware, how are these going to hold up?

  • Seth says:

    TERRIBLE idea. Learn to skate, don't be a pussy. This is gonna hurt someone anyway and you guys are gonna get sued. There will be no demand for this product as anyone who really wants to shred will not buy this, guaranteed.

  • Seth says:

    TERRIBLE idea. Learn to skate, don't be a pussy. This is gonna hurt someone anyway and you guys are gonna get sued. There will be no demand for this product as anyone who really wants to shred will not buy this, guaranteed.

  • dude man says:

    haha, everyone who is banging on the style should learn to read, the guy whos making this binding said it was just for the original creation and the final product would be more eye appealing. but i do agree that its likely no seasoned rider would buy this biding, but then again the creator did say that the binding would be good for a begging rider, and beging riders usually dont go out and shred it up right away…

    altogether that i think this binding is a good idea and once the safety specs are worked out and the final design is complete this might be a nice binding for a nubE

  • dude man says:

    haha, everyone who is banging on the style should learn to read, the guy whos making this binding said it was just for the original creation and the final product would be more eye appealing. but i do agree that its likely no seasoned rider would buy this biding, but then again the creator did say that the binding would be good for a begging rider, and beging riders usually dont go out and shred it up right away…

    altogether that i think this binding is a good idea and once the safety specs are worked out and the final design is complete this might be a nice binding for a nubE

  • Rob youblind says:

    Nope. This won’t work. The added cost of a mechanical binding wouldn’t put it in a beginners price range. The added weight would hinder begginer riders. Plus replacement parts are an issue you would have to address. Then there is the whole issue of snow/water/ice getting inside. And you having run simulations so you know it’s strong enough would suggest you have no idea on how a binding should flex when in use. It isn’t just a means of clamping.

    But the main point you have missed here is… Nobody needs this. Why would you learn with silly rotational bindings, then move on to ‘big boys’ bindings. So a round up: weight, price, freezing issues, maintainence, complexity, pointless. I’m out.

  • Rob youblind says:

    Nope. This won’t work. The added cost of a mechanical binding wouldn’t put it in a beginners price range. The added weight would hinder begginer riders. Plus replacement parts are an issue you would have to address. Then there is the whole issue of snow/water/ice getting inside. And you having run simulations so you know it’s strong enough would suggest you have no idea on how a binding should flex when in use. It isn’t just a means of clamping.
    But the main point you have missed here is… Nobody needs this. Why would you learn with silly rotational bindings, then move on to ‘big boys’ bindings. So a round up: weight, price, freezing issues, maintainence, complexity, pointless. I’m out.

  • boredboarder says:

    looks an awful lot like swivler bindings, except swivler plates use the leash instead of a huge handle that can easily get caught on stuff. http://www.swivler.com

  • boredboarder says:

    looks an awful lot like swivler bindings, except swivler plates use the leash instead of a huge handle that can easily get caught on stuff. ” target=”_blank”>http://www.swivler.com

  • ExhaustedDog says:

    The most practical application of this binding would be to market to resorts for their rentals. Since most beginners have no idea what stance they want anyway this would save the rental dept. the time on having to help them adjust their bindings. If the mechanism was internally cased within the highback and had a trigger to engage the mechanism and a safety to keep it locked while riding I could see this being practical for the small resorts that attract the wanting-to-learn crowd. Like most people said here, and I include myself, I wouldn't want a binding I'd have to pay extra for when all it takes is a pocket screwdriver and a mandatory break from riding (which halfway through the day I need anyway) to change my stance. Get the mechanism in the highback, and you might have a chance of selling to small resort markets.

  • ExhaustedDog says:

    The most practical application of this binding would be to market to resorts for their rentals. Since most beginners have no idea what stance they want anyway this would save the rental dept. the time on having to help them adjust their bindings. If the mechanism was internally cased within the highback and had a trigger to engage the mechanism and a safety to keep it locked while riding I could see this being practical for the small resorts that attract the wanting-to-learn crowd. Like most people said here, and I include myself, I wouldn't want a binding I'd have to pay extra for when all it takes is a pocket screwdriver and a mandatory break from riding (which halfway through the day I need anyway) to change my stance. Get the mechanism in the highback, and you might have a chance of selling to small resort markets.

  • p_diddy says:

    what kind of tool NEEDS to change their stance so often that this binding would be useful? I say learn to ride in your stance. No need to change if you are any good. and if not then go get some twin tip skis and hang with the other tools

  • p_diddy says:

    what kind of tool NEEDS to change their stance so often that this binding would be useful? I say learn to ride in your stance. No need to change if you are any good. and if not then go get some twin tip skis and hang with the other tools

  • David Newton says:

    To be honest with you all guys this was just my final year project at uni, and I did it in 2005!!! so you can understand that it looks a bit outdated and bulky (and as for toe straps, i'm not sure if they existed back then!) The real concept is the mechanism inside the baseplate for being able to adjust your stance without removing your foot. The rest of the binding shape can be whatever you want….toe straps etc etc. and yes the strap could and should be part of the highback…I didnt have the time or the resources to be able to do this, but there's no reason why it couldn't. I agree no experienced snowboarder (including myself) would ride these bindings cus they dont need it. However I've just seen enough beginner riders falling off chairlifts / button lifts / getting stuck on the flats to know that they would find it useful. And it would be nice to play around with different stance now and again!! Plus like some of you have said they could be good for the rental market….thats a pretty big market to be part of. But like I said this was just a project and was destined for the market. Anyways thanks for the interest. Have a good day.

  • MOOMOOBALLYHOOS says:

    DAVID ,DONT LET ALL THOSE KOOKS TELL YOU SHIT ,THERE PROB,ALL STONED AND SIT AROUND TALKING SHIT ABOUT HOW THEY SHRED. YOU KEEP IT UP , IM WORKING ON SOMETHING ALSO I WONT SHOW THEM ANYTHING !

  • MOOMOOBALLYHOOS says:

    DAVID ,DONT LET ALL THOSE KOOKS TELL YOU SHIT ,THERE PROB,ALL STONED AND SIT AROUND TALKING SHIT ABOUT HOW THEY SHRED. YOU KEEP IT UP , IM WORKING ON SOMETHING ALSO I WONT SHOW THEM ANYTHING !

  • David says:

    What do you guys think of Twisted Bindings?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aaZVLtgOhw&feature=related

  • Now all became clear, many thanks for the information. You have very much helped me.

    P.S. Please review our icons for Windows and windows13icons.

  • Excuse, that I interfere, there is an offer to go on other way.

    P.S. Please review our icons for Windows and windows13icons.

  • eno says:

    WhAT HE SAID!

    the flow rental binding are what a beginner would most likely be using, and no beginner would start off by going out and buying a board and what is most likely very expensive bindings!
    and the on the fly adjustment without any idea of the angle you are riding at is not the best idea in the world either….

    and as a snowboard and ski teacher i can only say, this is a shitty design! and it be great but the release needs to be next to the boot/on the side of the boot, and you need some sort of gauge to see what angle your binding is at ! and the release should be something that no branch or ice block can release, unlike the one you have now…

    back to the drawing board….

  • Wow, tons of randomly aggressive comments on this. I don’t snowboard often so I may not know much, but it seems like a cool idea! What are some good bindings for a beginner snowboarder like myself?

Comments are closed.