The first generation of Fimbulvetr used a webbing system for securing the binding. This worked well but our vision was to create the ultimate universal binding. By this we mean, fit, comfort and ability to work on all shoe sizes/forms. A departure from webbing was required.
The lacelock is now on generation 2 and it is where it should be. Generation one was good but was not optimal in terms of speed, intuitivity and operation in harsh conditions. Generation 2 we nailed it. We developed a system that holds its form resulting in just inserting the boot, no fiddling to lift the mechanism into place. The laces just need tugging outwards and downwards finished of with a click for feedback. The teeth allow easy tightening but do not give a millimeter back. Once tightened the cord ends are simply hooked over one of 4 easy entry securing arms.
Prototyping and testing both in the lab and field has been key to a successful end result. We were in discussions with professional users and got their feedback with what is of key importance. The most valuable information we received was bad visibility and not needing to take of gloves. To take up the size variation of footwear created a lot of challenges. The length of the excess cord has variation and needs a storage solution. By developing the binding in parallel we reduced the amount of crosses the laces had and formed the binding to compensate resulting in shorter excess cord over the range. The combination of input, testing, 3D modelling and prototyping has resulted a superior system when coupled with the binding.