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In general, that should be a sign that it's time to get new gear. I have a pair of step in boots retired for just that reason. But, in theory, those boots could be repaired. I'm sure a shoe repair shop would love to take a crack at those boots, but you are probably one of those diehard DIY folks. So, with the caveat that I personally chose not to go this route and thus can't vouch for this stuff, The last time we had someone asking about a similar problem, I did some snooping and found this synthetic rubber adhesive that might do the trick. You might want to snoop around on that site. They have a lot of similar epoxy type stuff. The problem is that you want something strong and water repellent and flexible that won't get brittle in cold weather. We know there's a solution because they had to use some kind of glue in the original manufacture.
I realize I am bumping a crazy old thread, but are FLOWs the only option for a near step in now? I still ride an old pair of K2 clickers, (the ones like the shimano SPD cleat type) and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
Are there any true step in soft boat solutions out there?
Semi-related story: Around Christmas, I was up in Stowe, VT enjoying a beverage or two at the Von Trapp brewery. I started chatting with a couple who was seated next to me at the bar.
The guy says his name is Doyle, and that he works for Burton. Very friendly, very smart, cool guy. We have a fun conversation about boards, bindings, etc. I mention that I'm not a big fan of Burton's channel system, only because I'm not interested in being dedicated to one manufacturer's concept, etc. I also tell him that I was never a fan of Burton's old SI system. (Over the years, I've used Switch, Flow, K2 Cinch, and regular straps)
He brings up their new step-ins, says it's truly a huge improvement over other designs...
Turns out the guy was none other than Chris Doyle, aka The Mad Scientist at Burton. He's a big proponent of their new step-ins. I'd certainly give them a whirl at a demo day.
I met Chris while doing a factory tour of Burton about two years ago. Really interesting guy.
In September these will be available again, now from Burton. The main drawback for me is that you're forced to buy specific boots for those; however Burtom boots are among the most comfortable ones for sure
Wonderful !! Didn't know of that, checking right now ! Thanks
saw a few ppl riding the latest incarnation of the K2 Kwicker step-in binding/boots setup in Hokkaido, also saw some Shimano disc step-in system as well, I think the step-ins have a decent following in Japan, Yonex also do the step-in, their boards seem overpriced though, their badminton racquets are legit!.