Message from CETATEK to all Divers:

BOOT-BINDING TECHNOLOGY FOR FINS

 

CETATEK is currently using KICKSTARTER as a platform to introduce the new abs binding-technology for fins to the general public.
ABS is a fusion of hybrid boots, bindings and interchangeable modular fin blades.
We are raising awareness for a quantum leap in the development of diving fins.
We strive to achieve as many pre-orders as possible to show that there is demand for innovation.
Our goal is to establish the abs fin system as a reliable alternative to standard mono-bloc diving fins.

  • Eliminates foot-pockets, heel-straps and a significant percentage of weight
  • Improves handling and performance on many levels
  • Inspired by the progress made by similar applications in modern alpine skiing or Shimano’s SPD bicycle pedal-binding-system
  • Allows divers to connect modular fin blades in different styles and performance parameters to high-end diving boots
  • Provides an instant secure connection between boot and blade-binding modules
  • Direct centralized transfer of blade forces into the “system diver” utilizing Y-frame blade-binding inserts
  • Discards all material not directly contributing to thrust
  • Applies highest ski industry standards and is virtually indestructible using top of the line thermoplastic polyurethanes
  • Components are being engineered in collaboration with leading producers of sports shoe and ski-binding equipment in Austria, Germany and the USA.

Divers have five (5) more days (until May 1, 2018) to pre-order the abs system at KICKSTARTER pricing.

Right now prices on Kickstarter reflect a never to be seen again 35 % off the intended future MSRP of US$ 300.00

Please read Dave Pollock’s insightful commentary below:

I am Dave Pollock, the owner of Riptide BCD’s and Riptide Sales Group. As many people know I have been in the dive industry my entire working career. From my early days in commercial diving to owning dive stores and resorts in Canada and Turks & Caicos, GM of Mares, VP of Head Sports and sales and marketing consultant to many companies.

I have seen several key changes in product technology and the impact they have played in framing our market. Many store owners and divers will remember the impact of these products had on our industry.

The biggest decade we had in product technology arguably came in the 1980’s when all of the following innovations were introduced.

  • New mask styles in silicon with colors – Early 80’s
  • Stretch rubber wetsuits, we no longer had to custom fit every suit – Mid 80’s
  • The ADV BCD, the first open front BCD from the Stab jacket – Mid 80’s
  • Dive Skins, the first truly warm water product – Late 80’s
  • Orcas Skinny Dipper, the first widely distributed and recognized recreational dive computer – Late 80’s

All of these new technologies helped drive our industry and improve our sport. I personally encourage every diver to embrace this technology, and get involved any way you can.

Dave Pollock

 

Cetatek's Kickstarter Campaign

 

13 Responses

  1. Some things look promising about this but there are some issues. First, the clip looks like it is removable. I can see losing these right and left when taking blades off in the water to climb a dive ladder in choppy seas, etc. That needs to be changed. My main concern is that all the force of the fin stroke being on one small point at the tips of your toes. You can see the instability in the video with the carbon blades wobbling all around on the kicks. Also, that is going to dramatically flex your foot in those soft shoes. I can only imagine the arch cramps . . . . The whole point of the boot/foot pocket combination is to transfer the force of the kick evenly all over the bottom and top of your foot and directly into the ankles, without having to make the foot itself flex with the stress. Your foot is "locked in" to prevent cramps. The shoe in your design looks very soft. I would think you would need something line a hard sole cycling shoe, along with the fin attachment part having extended wings that would slide into slots along the sides of the hard sole to distribute the force of the kick across the entire foot. The basic idea looks good, though. I would be interested in something like this with some of these issues addressed.<br />-----<br />
  2. Looking at the video with the carbon fiber attachment, I see a lot of energy loss in the high flexibility of the carbon (blade bend is almost perpendicular to diver). Maybe a stiffer carbon sheet would help. Would like to see the other blades in action... As one post mentions, getting back on a boat by ladder would increase risk of losing the clip. I don't think you had divers look at this product very intensively.<br />-----<br />
  3. I think it is a good idea. My coments on implementation is derived from my experience from ski boot bindings and bicykle shoe system pedals. The problems I see with both bicyckle "clicks" and ski bindings are when there is no agreed upon standard interface. I can see a future when we have the ability to buy shoes or foot pockets from different manufacturors and blades from others, to combine as we like. But for that future to become viable, it is important that the interface between shoe and blade is both well designed, well defined and openly avaliable for anyone to make use of without any fees. In both the examples aof bicykles and ski there have been different almost compatible variants that have made problems for the end user. The ideal cenario would be if there could be a standard for the interface but i am sure that is not going to happen as long as the big brand will se an advantage of designing their own. In bicyckle "click systems" there have been many different "brand specific" variants, now its down to 2, with good eunough difference to be motivated.<br />-----<br />
  4. Wouldn't work for Bonaire shore dives. They would most likely get shredded on the first entry over the ironshore. [QUOTE="Magnus Lundstedt, post: 8435454, member: 484911"]I think it would be nice if i could buy myself a pair of blades that i like, and have one shoe for diving in warm conditions, one shoe for diving wet in cold waters, and another as a part of my dry suite. Buy another pair of blades for snorkeling and freediving and still be able to use the same shoes. [U][B]And I would prefere if i could buy the shoes that fit my foot from one manufacturer, and the blades I like from another brand, and it would just fit together without any problems[/B][/U].[/QUOTE] Somehow, I just can't see that happening.<br />-----<br />Abandon all hope ...
  5. looks like theyd break with abuse and look horrible for frogkicking<br />-----<br />
  6. [QUOTE="Kharon, post: 8435605, member: 409808"]Wouldn't work for Bonaire shore dives. They would most likely get shredded on the first entry over the ironshore. Somehow, I just can't see that happening. Try buying the backplate you want from one manufacturer, a harness from another, and the bladder from a third. Then try to put them together. Some things (hoses, connectors) are standardized. Many/most are not. Manufacturers have a vested interest in keeping their equipment fittings proprietary wherever possible.[/QUOTE] I know, and thats a bad thing in my mind. In some things they have worked it out, like in bicyckle shoes and ski bindings, but it tock a couple of decades to do so.<br />-----<br />
  7. What is the problem that these things solve?<br />-----<br />
  8. [QUOTE="Magnus Lundstedt, post: 8435859, member: 484911"]I know, and thats a bad thing in my mind. In some things they have worked it out, like in bicyckle shoes and ski bindings, but it tock a couple of decades to do so.[/QUOTE] How about cross-country ski bindings and snowboard bindings. Have they standardized? Just asking because they weren't not long ago (and I'm just curious - not trying to make a point).<br />-----<br />Abandon all hope ...
  9. [QUOTE="Kharon, post: 8436472, member: 409808"]How about cross-country ski bindings and snowboard bindings. Have they standardized? Just asking because they weren't not long ago (and I'm just curious - not trying to make a point).[/QUOTE] Cross country and back country ski bindings have gone from many very similar to a few. There are different kinds, of different ages and for different usage. Simplified you can say that there are the Nordic Norm family, and there are Salomons proprietary systems. Back in the sixties and seventies there where a lot of different, non compatible systems built on the same principles. Today, the difference in interface inside one family is usualy either compatible or designed for a different usage.<br />-----<br />
  10. [QUOTE="Magnus Lundstedt, post: 8436500, member: 484911"]Cross country and back country ski bindings have gone from many very similar to a few. There are different kinds, of different ages and for different usage. Simplified you can say that there are the Nordic Norm family, and there are Salomons proprietary systems. Back in the sixties and seventies there where a lot of different, non compatible systems built on the same principles. Today, the difference in interface inside one family is usualy either compatible or designed for a different usage.[/QUOTE] Thanks for the info. Back when I still had the legs for it I had to buy specific shoes to fit the bindings on my X-country skis. After a few years the boots blew out and it was nearly impossible to find shoes. Oh, and sorry for the thread hijack - my bad.<br />-----<br />Abandon all hope ...
  11. [QUOTE="tridacna, post: 8435926, member: 52600"]What is the problem that these things solve?[/QUOTE] Fat wallet syndrome....<br />-----<br />[B][COLOR=#ff0000]Bob[/COLOR][/B] [IMG]http://i65.tinypic.com/30uertf.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i65.tinypic.com/2efq35f.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i68.tinypic.com/2j0ccqu.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i63.tinypic.com/fbgqk9.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i64.tinypic.com/2n8xwqv.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i66.tinypic.com/birrb9.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i65.tinypic.com/2p5du.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://i64.tinypic.com/2usy1ya.jpg[/IMG] [B][S]getting[/S] [COLOR=rgb(255, 0, 0)]GOT[/COLOR] a Kraken !!![/B]!

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