Thank you, all of you, for your good dialog.
The KneeBinding toe piece is an updated Geze 932 (which is in some ways similar to a current major-selling toe piece, but it is different within the toe cup). It provides upward tilting action. It is an awesome toe that scores high in all safety tests and performs outstandingly, on-slope.
As for the overall performance of this binding, pls note the following background that is parlayed to develop this binding: -- I worked as Gordon Lipe's helper while I was in high school during the late 1960's and early '70's (Lipe wrote the articles in Skiing magazine on bindings, he developed the Lipe Slider AFD, he developed the first "weight and ability" release charts - which correlated to his "Lipe Units" on his Lipe Release Check). In junior high school and high school, I competed at a fairly high level in SL, GS and DH as a member of the Cazenovia Ski Club Ski Team; in my senior year in high school, I co-developed what became the Salomon 555 ski binding, which was #1-selling world-wide for 5 years; during engineering and business school I competed in Division 1 college ski racing, typically finishing within the top 15. Also during college, I was one on the original members of the ASTM skiing safety committee; I conducted extensive research on bindings (one of the first to measure ski vibration, electronically - at Charles Stark Draper Labs in Cambridge, MA together w MIT Prof Larry Young, and was the first to measure total ski-boot-binding vibration); I also competed in the CanAm downhill racing circuit while in college and achieved 29 international FIS points where I raced on hand-made bindings that I could twist out of in the finish line. The present Dir of R&D at K2, Jim Vandergrift and current-WPI Professor Chris Brown were also at these finish lines where they watched me do this. Also, in college, I mounted and modified several hundred pair of binding-ski systems per year for my fellow racing buddies and for my college roommate's fellow ski instructors, who was the director of the local ski school. Immediately after college I became Sr. Product Manager at Geze ski binding company in Boston when Geze was worst-rated - and in 4 years we became best-rated (world-wide). During this time, I co-authored the IAS Recommendations together with Wolfhart Hauser, MD -- which recommendations became the DIN-System. Over the next 4 yrs, I was Director of Marketing for Geze in Burlington, Vermont - when Geze went from a 2% market share to a 20% share, profitably. During this time, I sole-invented and developed the world's first hands-off clipless bicycle pedal system, CycleBinding (which, within a short period of time had many competitors - and we remained #1-rated by Bicycling magazine, VeloNews, Outside -- and most importantly by our customers). Four years later, I sole-invented the first high-tech snowshoes and snowshoe bindings for Tubbs (who at the time was making only wood-framed snowshoes) and within a short period of time, Tubbs experienced extensive sales growth and the overall category of snowshoeing increased 50X. The snowshoes that I developed for Tubbs have been #1-selling for 16 consecutive years - with an 85% market share. During the development of both CycleBinding and Tubbs, I continued to ski, recreationally, with my kids here in Stowe, Vermont - and also competed successfully in cross-country skiing (member of the winning team of the 100-mile, 2-day, Canadian Ski Marathon). I also regularly ski back-country here in Stowe with my 23-yr-old son, who is a Sgt in the Vermont Mountain Infantry - in extreme conditions, sometimes at night. All of my products have high satisfaction among hard-core users and they have exceptionally low warranty-rates (less than 2%). All of my products go through extensive testing in the lab and on-slope before coming to market. In sum, my products work.
Presently, I am the Chairman of the Ski Binding Research committee of the International Society for Skiing Safety (ISSS). I have made 3 major presentations at the last two conferences (2 yrs ago in Japan and 3 months ago in Scotland) where I outlined the science that's behind KneeBinding. The leaders within ski safety research are with me on this. See the summary of the latest ISSS meeting that was posted 2 days ago at [http://www.ski-injury.com/lrn5.htm]
. There is also extensive technology discussion about this binding - which is based on MIT-developed Axiomatic Engineering Principles....as can be reviewed in my patent application and noted in the above link that was posted by another blogger.
And yes, this binding cannot be anything but totally-real -- as it will pass all of the DIN / ISO standards according to the TÜV Testing Institute in Munich when production samples are available (our pre-testing at TÜV is highly positive) - It works.
I am parlaying all of my experiences that I have noted above to develop this new binding and bring it to market successfully. We plan to be the first successful American ski binding (all others have gone bankrupt) -- and we plan to radically reduce knee injuries. We are not fooling around and we will take the indusrty by storm with no hostages. We will introduce KneeBinding to the trade this winter (to a small, select grooup of specialty ski retailers in the US and Europe) and begin our first shipments in the late Fall of '08. We are closing on Round-1, Series-A equity at this moment....we have a team...and we will cause a major disruption in the market -- as I have done, before.