|Originally posted by nolo:
Ah, you're 4005! That's a cool number, but I'm not sure if it's worthy of long thongs.
Here's a trivia question: what are long thongs, are they still used, and why did they ever go away?
If you think of binding something in terms of being tightly wrapped; long thongs were used as part of very early ski bindings
. Typically made of a carbon/kevlar weave . . . .
In some seriousness, long thongs were made from strips of leather - approximately 1/8" thick by 3/8" wide - and wrapped tightly around a skiers leather boots several times to help secure the boot to the ski.
Other than demonstrations of old ski equipment, they are no longer used . . . . for skiing. Though 4005 may have some creative uses for them. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
Long thongs, in combination with leather boots, were notorious for tib/fib fractures. With the advent of cable bindings - followed shortly thereafter by early release bindings i.e. Cubco, Miller, etc. - long thongs went the way of the Gooney bird. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
Did I win?
Edited for clarity
:[ January 06, 2003, 12:38 PM: Message edited by: Inspector Gadget ]