So with SIA wrapped up, it was exciting to see Flow’s new 2012- 2013 binding line “The Active Strap” be premiered for the first time. Pillar Product Design worked with the Flow team to develop this new technology. We assisted FLOW Snowboards on developing the active strap as well as the new ratchet lock ankle and toe buckle mechanism. You are looking at some serious product development work and enginuity at work. This binding design is a complete game changer for FLOW’S binding line. You are looking at the future. The active strap allows the straps to pull another 1″ higher when high back is pulled to the open position. The Pillar and Flow team worked diligently to get this system improved and optimized. We wanted to keep the construction simple, reliable and strong. It was an honor to work with the FLOW team developing these innovative features on the new line.
I took a month off and went to Peru with My family for the month of Jan. We checked out some amazing Inca and pre-Inca ruins. One thing we came across that was amazing from an engineering stand point was an aqueduct system that was cut from solid stone using a harder stone. These aqueducts were nearly 8km in length and they used ingenious designs like throwing a 90 degree angle in the path to lower the water level and slow the flow. They used system like narrowing or splitting the aqueduct to raise the water to transfer the water to a higher location. This amazing system in Andes took water and split it so one water way went left and moved water to the east which eventually dumped into the Atlantic and the other moved it to the right which eventually went to Pacific. Amazing engineering feat some 3500+ years ago, even before steel was discovered.