The 90s were a bit “rambling”.
A decade poised between the certainties of a past lived over the top and the unknowns of a millennium to be discovered.
As far as I’m concerned, it was a period halfway between the carefree nature of youth and professional commitment.
The Alps were around the corner, the desire to have fun with friends irresistible.
One of my favorite winter pastimes was snowboarding which is the protagonist of one of my first inventions.
A patent that gave me my first trip to the United States and an incredible experience for a boy of the 90s.
In 1994 the Beastie Boys album “Ill Communication” was released, one of my favorite records back then.
The same year, the first American magazine dedicated to snowboarding (“Onboard”) appeared on the scene, an event that witnessed the achievement of an important critical mass of enthusiasts and, therefore, potential customers for manufacturers of boards and various accessories.
The sacred fire of innovation ran powerfully in me!
Around the mid-90s, therefore, snowboard was already a well-defined “product” that nevertheless retained an Achilles heel: the binding. Many binding systems have followed one another over the years, more or less practical, more or less efficient, depending on the manufacturer.
All those systems had one problem in common: their inefficient functioning when a considerable amount of snow accumulates between the board and the binding mechanism itself.
A very annoying inconvenience that haunted the “step-in” bindings of the time.
I could have done like everyone else: shrug my shoulders, snort and move on. But I’m not that kind of person. The sacred fire of innovation ran powerfully in me!
A new binding system
The desire to experiment led me to create different solutions to overcome the problem. One of these became the patent protagonist of this article.
My invention, in short, allowed to anchor the boot to the board in any condition, even in the presence of a lot of snow, without having to remove it. Crucial advantage for extreme downhill or “off-the-track” situations.
Going into the technical detail, the device is constituted by a rotating body which is rotatably associated with the plate and is provided with elements for engaging and temporarily compressing complementarily shaped grip elements associated with the sole of a shoe. There are also provided elements for temporarily locking the rotation of the rotating body.
My first time in the USA
My patent was bought by a well-known company and presented in 1996 at the IPSO in Las Vegas. As the inventor of the system, I was invited to the event that had a pleasant queue or the move to Vail, Colorado, where the innovative attacks were tested in extreme conditions in front of the specialized press and insiders.