FAQs about the Gecko Plate
What is the purpose of the Gecko? Who should consider using one?
Isn't the Gecko just for lightweights and female racers?
Is the Gecko legal for FIS or IPC racing?
Does snow accumulate under the plate?
Do I need a special insert pattern on my snowboard?
What kind of bindings can I use with the Gecko?
Do I need longer binding screws?
Does the Gecko Plate cause unusual stress on the binding inserts?
Are all four Gecko plates the same? Are they interchangeable?
Do you have any setup advice?
What is the minimum width of snowboard that the Gecko will fit?
Q: What is the purpose of the Gecko? Who should consider using one?
A: The Gecko is intended to provide added leverage and toe/heel clearance like other riser plates. However, the Gecko also adds dampening to the mix as well as distributed edge pressure. In other words, the Gecko will smooth out a ride and direct foot pressure along a greater length of the snowboard edge. For the Boardercross racer, the Gecko will also absorb the shock of landings.
For GS and SL racers, the Gecko offers the benefits of isolation plates without the complexity and adjustment period. The Gecko is easy to install with no parts to wear out or break. Setup takes one minute. There is no uncomfortable, locked-in feeling that some riders feel with isolation plates.
We think adaptive snowboarders will benefit from the dampening and added leverage of the Gecko.
Q: Isn't the Gecko just for lightweights and female racers?
A: Absolutely not! The Gecko is for anyone who wants easy handling and the ability to pedal or manipulate a board's torsional flex. The Gecko is for anyone who wants the benefits of an isolation plate but just doesn't want to mess with setup and high parts count - regardless of weight
Q: Is the Gecko legal for FIS or IPC racing?
A: Yes, the Gecko plate conforms to all FIS and IPC rules for PGS, PSL and SBX and banked slalom.
Q: Does snow accumulate under the plate?
A: This was one of our concerns when we designed the plate. However, we have tested the Gecko in soft, hard, wet and dry snow. We have not yet encountered any snow condition that causes any significant buildup under the Gecko plate. Vibration and flexing of the snowboard acts to keep the bottom of the plate clear. Some snow does collect in front of the Gecko but this is consistent with normal buildup in front of bindings.
Q: Do I need a special insert pattern on my snowboard?
A: The Gecko works with standard 4x4 insert pattern.
Q: What kind of bindings can I use with the Gecko?
A: Use any binding you want as long as it's 4x4 compatible.
Q: Do I need longer binding screws?
A: Use your existing binding screws which screw into the insert extensions instead of the snowboard.
Q: Does the Gecko Plate cause unusual stress on the binding inserts?
A: One of the reasons we designed the insert extensions rather than using long binding screws was to avoid a long lever that could stress the snowboard inserts. The design of the Gecko distributes pressure along the edge of the snowboard and does not stress the inserts.
Q: Are all four Gecko plates the same? Are they interchangeable?
A: Each separate Gecko plate is shaped to match the sidecut of a typical snowboard so they are not interchangeable. The embossed arrow on the bottom of the plate should always point to the middle of the plate.
Q: Do you have any setup advice?
A: The Gecko Carve and Cross is shipped with red (hard) bumpers to maximize the response level of the plate. For a little more vibration absorbtion and dampening, we suggest you replace the front two and back two bumpers with yellow (soft) bumpers. This will absorb more of the nose and tail chatter.
Q: What is the minimum width of snowboard that the Gecko will fit?
A: The Gecko Carve has been tested with snowboards as narrow as 18cm waist width. The Gecko Cross and Gecko Free will fit snowboards as narrow as 22cm waist width.