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2007 CWB Zeus
The best boot ever created for the aggressive high end rider, period. If you have yet to try a Zeus, we are sorry. You are missing out. Rockin' the industry shattering patent pending Hinge Tech, a super high and stiff wrap for amazing ankle support, recoil and a laundry list of other innovations. For '07 we are stoked to introduce the Recoil lace system. Laces create the best fit for your boots, but they get in the way when riding. In walks Recoil. A simple system that keeps your laces coiled up inside a pull handle. Give it a pull and watch the laces disappear back into the handle. Yeah we love it too.
On top of recoil, the Zeus is using the best fitting tongue ever to be used in a wakeboard boot. The Articulated Toe is precisely cut EVA covered in lycra and neoprene. Since no two feet are the same, this segmented toe will perfectly wrap around any foot out there. A longer toe rubber gives increased board response without looking like clown shoes. The patent pending Hinge Tech system gives you the best heel hold down ever. You can quote us. It will again be the king.
Alright, now it’s time for the one complaint. Just like everyone else, yesterday, while riding the lace came undone and I ended up losing the strap that helps you loosen your top lace. I haven’t tried yet but I was told that’s a hard item to replace so I’m pretty bummed. And, to top it all off I just spent an hour trying to get the lace back through the clamp on the side but failed misserably. So, watch out is all I’m trying to say but PLEASE! Don’t let that persuade you not to buy these bindings because overall that’s a small price to pay for the rest of the package.
Coil broke down in 2 weeks from purchase, and hinge wire started rusting the day after it came in contact with water. Be warned.
Awesome Boot, but sometimes there is a price to pay for pushing the limits. Enough said.
Positie : Amazing fit, easy to get in thanks to rear lever and look cool.
I got these bindings for christmas and i am not a polar bear swimmer, so these ratings may not be the most acurate do to the lack of on the water experience (but i tried the torq in the summer and tried the zues on in the tub in december) I ranked the footbed as a 4... but it deserves 4.5, but i cant give it a 5. i still like hyperlite footbeds best. Anyway, the retactable pull string is awsome!!! and looks kool too. The materieals and overlays look great and very durable/ long lasting. The hinge of course is terrific.
OK, NOW HERE COMES THE COMPLAINT. AND PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON IN FUTURE POSTS SO OTHERS CAN SEE IT WITHOUT READING ALL OF THEM THAT WILL COME!!! (simple problem if taken care of before hitting the water, even if in a tub, but if not it will give you HELL)------> The lace up the ankle is attached by a poor excuse of a knot. A cub-scout can tie a more secure knot. The knot will easily come undone, especially after lubricated by the water. BEFORE you do anything re-tie that knot. Use a bowline knot. If you don’t know what a bowline is than ask a boy-scout. I tied a bowline and then a regular knot at the end of the string just for additional security and used pliers to pull it tight.
IF YOU DONT DO THIS you may end up spending over 2 hours trying to feed the lace back through the system (the "thumb-trigger" portion on the side, the first piece of plastic the string goes through) I probably should have called CWB to see what suggestions they had, but i guess i was too set on the idea of doing it myself. I think i cause some minor, unnoticable dammage to the plastic "thumb-trigger" housing (whatever you call it) while experimenting with several methods to get the lace through.
If any of you DO get in the same Hell as me, call CWB, or if you want to do it yourself, the way that finally worked best for me was
1. soak the end of the string with vegitable oil (lubricate it)
2. pull the "thumb-trigger" back all the way in the direction of the heel and hold it there with needle-nose pliers
3. push a loop of wire (i used floral wire) through the toe side of the hole till it pokes out on the heel side, leaving enough excess wire to later pull the lace through.
4. insert a small portion of the end of the lace through the wire loop
5. using a second pair of pliers (and gloves for safety maybee)pull the lace through the hole/compartment.
NOTE: I believe pulling the thumb trigger all the way to the heels and HOLDING it there is MOST MOST CRUCIAL, the more the trigger slides toward the toes the tighter the lace will be bound within the compartment. this is why i used pliers to hold the trigger. I snapped a tripple looping of wire trying to pull the lace trough using my bare hands to hold the trigger. bare hands are not good enough use the needle-nose pliers. I also dont recomend trying to push the lace through with a wire. this method did most of the minor damage mentioned and i believe it activates the tightening of the thumb trigger more than the wire pull method.
P.S. Some of you may worry about the "thin strings breaking"... I don’t think they will break, especialy after all the pushing and pulling with needles, and wire i did to finnaly get it through... AND should the string ever truly break, you or someone else will have to install the lace the same way i described above. Unless i am just stupid, CWB should have made lace instalation easier for this emergency, but at least they thought so far ahead as to make sure that the entire lace will NOT get sucked up into the recoil. MAN! LOVE THAT RECOIL!!!
P.S.S. PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE THE TIP TO RE-TIE THE KNOT IN FUTURE REVIEWS EVERYONE... and better tips to fix the problem if you discover them.
HOPEFULLY I DONT SCARE ANY AWAY. GREAT BINDING!!!, BUT CRAPY KNOT. EASY EASY PREVENT, but not so easy fix/replace.