Beginning in 2016 LINK worked with Alex Swaynie, Owner and Founder of Ross Snow Tech to develop the first and only snowboard binding that converts to a snowshoe. After months of engineering, testing, designing and engineering some more, we came up with the Convert. Ross Snow Tech will be launching a Kickstarter Campaign this year for The Convert. They will also be debuting the product at this years Outdoor Retailer show in Denver, CO.
The Convert leverages technologies usually found in satellites, to enable a tool free transition from snowshoe flotation to "strapping in" in 60 seconds or less, without loose hardware. Our mounting bracket is compatible with any board using the traditional 4x4 binding configuration.
Alex came to us with a concept and a sheet metal prototype. We looked at a variety of different ways to achieve the transformation we needed out of the binding. We started with sketching and worked through a handful of different prototypes to arrive at a final design.
Link provided RST with a testable prototype that was used on the mountain to ensure the bindings worked as designed. We were focused on the strength of the linkage system as well as making sure that nothing had potential to get jammed or packed with snow.
We implemented small changes into the design based on our observations and some user testing. This allowed us to be confident in a final design that would be easy to use and reliable for the end user.