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2007 Slingshot Driver
The new Driver is an industry first wakeboard boot that comes with an integrated boot and 4-hole binding system.
The boot itself is a soft-stitched upper boot proven in the snowboard industry and now designed specifically for the water. The Driver boot provides a fully supported and fully adjustable ergonomic fit with the use of internal and external zonal lacing. The connection to your foot is a new industry standard with a removable and heat-formable liner to customize fit and maximize comfort. The boot is attached to the board through a new integrated 4-hole binding built right into the sole of the boot. The mounting plate is optimized to be lightweight and fully adjustable. The new system is the only one of its kind and allows tool-less and on-the-fly rotation and stance adjustment. Just by flipping the anodized handle mounted to the inside of the binding, you can change the angle of your boot on the board.
I wouldn’t buy again if I had the option. I wich I could mount some old school bindings on the great Slingshot deck, but no go for the 07 model year.
I almost ranked the footbed as N/A, because there is no footbed other than the bottom of the liner, which is about as thick as old-school-pre-2000 footbeds (2008 models have footbeds however) I was initially skeptical of the bindings due to the lack of footbeds, which is the key aspect that I personally look for in a binding. It wasn’t till after actually wakeboarding with them on that converted skepticism into conversion. The flex of the Slingshot board, absorbed all the shock, and then some, that I would have expected to feel using the double-deckered-footbeds that I have grown accustomed to prior to riding the Slingshot gear
ENTRY EASE, SUPPORT, & HOLD:
Getting into the boot is super super easy... As long as you loosen the laces completely. There are a total of three sets of laces: one over the lower foot, upper foot, and the third is on the interior around the ankle which maximizes heelhold and response better than anything I have here-to experience. The laces are a little bit more of a pain then your average lace-up boot, but after a few sets you will become accustomed to the configuration and your fingers will be almost as nimble with the three laces as with two or one. The extra laces assist the rider in a more custom fit by tightening or loosening the three separate areas. I have heard of some individuals who modified the exterior laces to become one complete lace. The top lace loop has lace-locking teeth that need to be pointed out for tightening and loosening the laces. Pull the laces parallel to your leg (vertically) to tighten the laces and to initially to release the lace from the bite so they may be loosened. A great addition to the boot is the revolutionary on-the-fly angle adjustment plate. I like to apply lock-tight to my binding bolts, so this makes complete sense to me, especially if a friend wants to ride it. Flick the lever, twist the boot, pop the lever back, give the boot another twist to lock it in place, and your set! The boot is mounted internally with a four hole pattern which enhances boot-to-board response. This pattern also maximizes the flex potential of the Slingshot boards, by reducing the width of the bindings base. My only personal complaint is that the laces are too long and the clips don’t prevent lace dangle very well. I might consider shortening them (clips are apparently much better in ’08 models)
As said above,... one of the most comfortable bindings I personally have put on. The boots I tried were demos so I did not heat mold them,... but after they got wet they seemed to mold right to my feet anyway.
The boot materials seem a little stiff. I found that hitting the front of the binding over the tongue while tightening the boots made it easier to get the tightness that I like.
Remove the liners if the boots wont be used again for the day so they may dry better.
Inserting the liners can be hard difficult. Put your hand inside the liner as you would a foot, but palm up... now insert the liner into the boot
Push lace clips all-the-way down on the side-cuff of the boot so they won’t fall off as easy.
Pull laces vertically to tighten and initially vertically to loosen them from the lace-loop-teeth
Consider modifying the laces as stated internally above in my review