Thank you David. Your comments are appreciated. I made a few prototypes out of wood before building the real ones. As for the color co-ordination, you gotta look good on the trail! :)
Here's a pic of when I was trying to work out some quirks.
Right now, I've only used them on the grass because we don't have any snow. On the flat and relatively hard grass surface, I notice no difference between these and the Northern Lites, except of course for the weight. I think the reason is that without the snow, the crampon on the NL is not able to rotate forward as it has nowhere to go. Therefore it gives the impression that the crampon does not rotate and it doesn't seem to bother me. My original design had the crampon rotating, but I wanted to protect the carbon frame and came up with the idea to run the tubes through aluminum tubes on the crampon. This transfers alot of the weight through the crampon and not the carbon tubes. The binding still rotates forward, it's just the crampon that doesn't.
I have fun designing and building my stuff and I recognize that it isn't for everyone. Some people will like it and some won't. I usually like it! :)
Bob, I also sometimes think things are necessary, and I think it due to whats on the market. I see something and I think if they're doing it, then it's the way to go. Fight that urge...I like trying things no one else does.
Benjamin, I bought the cuben from Cubic Tech. They had an off cut and I ended up buying a few yards of it.