I’m trying something new at Snomie where I’ll be doing some blogs with both video and text, so if you want to watch a quick video to get your Snomie blog fix, you can, but if you want to read it at work or a quiet place, there’ll be the text summary underneath as well.
What is the Snowboarding Carabiner?
A carabiner is one of those things that you may have seen people use for rockclimbing or other outdoor activities to hold their ropes/tools, except in this case they’ve attached a bunch of snowboard tools to the carabiner:
Why is this awesome? I already have a snowboard tool
The issue I found with most snowboard tools is they’re typically awkward to carry. They’re either bulky, heavy or weirdly shaped so unless you have a bag with you, it makes it kind of annoying to carry a tool around while you snowboard.
Sure there are some small-mini tools, but this design just seems so clever and compact at the same time.
By making this in the shape of a carabiner, it’s super light weight, easy to stash/clip to something and you can use it as a carabiner to clip/carry things at the same time.
Why do I need a snowboard tool on the mountain?
The big issue me and many other park riders run into is our bindings get loose during the day. This is especially common if you hit a lot of jumps and it becomes a pretty regular, bi-weekly occurrence to land and realise your bindings have changed to some crazy angle from the impact.
I’ve literally lost count of the number of times I’ve landed a jump, rode away, then realized my feet were pointing inwards because my bindings shifted from the landing impact.
Having this tool with me would mean I don’t have to find a snowboard tool on the mountain (or ride over to one of the free toolshed locations) and can just re-adjust my bindings on the spot and keep riding.
Hasn’t this been done before?
I know signal snowboards made a similar tool to this carabiner, but I found their version had random pointy bits that I wasn’t too keen on having near me when I fell.
This carabiner doesn’t have those same pointy bits so I’m not worried about falling on it and it also looks to be built a lot more sturdy than the signal version.
Okay, you’ve convinced me… how do I get one?
Go here and you can basically fund this project by pre-ordering one of these snowboard carabiners (and you get a discount for being an early supporter of the project).
It’s $14 for US residents or $32 for international supporters (shipping is included – which is why I assume the international version is so much pricier. If you have a US friend who can re-ship these for you, it may be worth it since it’s over double the cost for those not in the US).
ps – I’m by no means paid to support this, I’m just a fan of this project (and I’m buying one of these tools for myself as well).