All-metal bindings under 100 grams? You betcha (pending weigh-in)! Designed for those folks looking for every edge in competition, the Plum 99 is the new pinnacle of race-binding minimalism. It also adds a new twist to the concept of adjustable release. Choose from two lateral-release values (roughly 6 or 8) simply by changing the mounting-orientation of the heel. The forward relea..
Kudos to Ski Trab for an innovative new race toe! With a patented design that doesn’t require coiled springs, the Gara Titan approaches the 100 gram weight barrier that only recently seemed implausible. With the toe lever angled against your ski, the pins are pressed into the boot for a locked position. As with “traditional” race toes, pressing down on the lever allows the wings to..
Please meet the new Hagan ZR Race binding! At 116 grams (4.1 ounces), it is now the lightest binding available in North America. The ZR is made by ATK, an Italian company with a proven track record of making award winning tech bindings. But now thanks to Hagan, the Euros won’t be the only ones to enjoy the clever combination of light-yet-strong materials. Best of all, skimping on g..
Running out of grams to shave, Dynafit collaborated with partner Pierre Gignoux for a new hybrid binding design. Combining PG’s silly-light heel pieces with Dynafit’s proven race toes offered a way to drop weight while keeping all the functionality. The heel design integrates better with RC1 boots than previous LTR models with longer heel pins. But the toe piece is the reliable Dyn..
Plum invested 5 more grams into the ol’ reliable race 145 binding. The primary return on that investment is a new toe lever that is smoother and easier to operate. Gone are the fiddly-to-mount striker plates that previously decided whether you were in walk mode or ski mode. The new lock-stops are machined into the toe and feel buttery to operate. The lever itself was widened and sm..
By matching an improved heel piece to their newly-patented toe piece, Ski Trab has a completely revamped platform. Calling this a “release” version of the Gara Titan is, however, a bit of a misnomer. The subtle-yet-important changes under the red cover of the heel piece are designed to improve retention, not release. But, the increased elasticity of 43° instills more confidence to ..
Funny name, serious binding. Kreuzspitze is a small manufacturer that crafts bindings every bit as good as its bigger Italian bretheren. Their flagship binding, the SCTT, features solid steel forks and toe springs that can handle heavy loads without pre-release. They've even snuck in a few innovative options that make the impressive build quality even more attractive. Optional rise..
The Dynafit Low Tech Race binding may not sound very high tech, but names can be deceiving. Low tech in this case actually refers to the binding's weight and not its ranking amongst technology products. The weight is indeed low, at only 127 grams without screws or the crampon receptor (our standard weighing protocol). It's also a tech binding, so Low Tech actually makes some sense...
The Plum 170 binding is the 150 with a built-in 20mm adjustment plate. If you plan on using more than one boot with your setup, this is the version for you. The re-designed toe pieces feature smooth-operating lock levers that have clear stops for skiing and skinning. The wings are the same design that has stood the test of time. The heel piece has a simple pin-cover flap for uphill..
The Gara Titan Release Adjustable is, you guessed it, an adjustable version of the Gara Titan Release binding. Adjustability in this case refers to the boot sole length (BSL), since you can slide the heel piece forward and back within a range of 28 millimeters. This will comfortably span 3 full boot sizes using a reliable bolt-positioning design. The heel piece you are moving is th..
When we saw the design drawings and early prototypes for the new GT binding, we knew Kreuzspitze was onto something good. As is their style, the small Italian machine shop quietly worked to refine the binding while paying no attention to marketing and associated bombast. The resulting GT is a lightweight masterpiece which adds both lateral and forward release adjustability to a rac..
The white version of the Superlite 2.0 is nearly identical to the black, but with lower release values. This makes it great for lighter skiers that don’t need double-digit release values. The lateral release is adjustable between 5-10, while the forward release is a softer fixed spring. The Superlite 2 features optional brakes which slide off and on with ease. It also has 2.5 riser..
Plum describes the WEPA as a perfect match between the lightness of a race binding and the release-precision of a Guide. This makes it “perfect for vertical junkies who are looking for efficiency”. Sure enough, the Plum WEPA has just the features you want, without the weight of any you don’t. That is, of course, if you want these features and not any others:
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Carbon fiber bindings? “Why not,” says mad boot-scientist Pierre Gignoux, now working with the mad binding-scientists at Dynafit. Designed to work (only) with the RC1 boot, the binding easily wins the weight crown. At 66 grams without screws, it is borderline ridiculous. Operating without springs, entry into the binding requires ramped notches cut into certain boots made by Pierre...
Fischer doesn’t actually call these high-end race bindings version 2.0, but we need some way to differentiate them from the previous year’s model since they are completely different. These bindings are made by Dynafit, and folks familiar with the non-autolocking (manual) version of Low Tech Race will know what to expect. A high-tech mixture of magnesium, aluminum, and titanium offe..
When we asked Dynafit team member Benedikt Böhm which binding he uses most, he immediately pointed to the Expedition. That is not surprising as the binding is designed to be used on the type of expeditions for which he’s known. If you need a lightweight binding you can rely on to hold you to your ski, the new TLT Expedition could be for you. The toe piece is rugged, Radical style (..
Dynafit calls the Superlite 2.0 a revolution instead of an evolution. If you like brakes then you might be inclined to agree, since the new version is the first race-weight binding with an (optional) integrated brake. It maintains the fully adjustable lateral-release of the original Superlite that prompted many skiers to start using race bindings for every day touring. More aggress..
Take a proven design, add higher release values and more adjustability, and you get the Plum Guide binding. Crafted in France with extremely accurate CNC machines, the binding echoes the classic TLT Speed that has proven itself reliable for more than a decade. However by using aerospace grade materials, Plum was able to increase the overall strength and dial up the max release valu..
With the young Speed Turn already turning 2.0, we officially say goodbye to the Dynafit 5-hole toe pattern. This new iteration of the Speed turn features a simpler toe piece modeled after the Radical toes. With an elongated mounting pattern and forged aluminum and steel construction, the toe is stable and durable. While it is missing the Power Tower step-in guides from the Radical ..
Now you can get your I-on without brakes. After a successful, virtually problem-free, introduction of the ION in 2014/15, G3 is now offering a cornucopia of I-options. The LT 12 version is basically the same impressive platform as the original, just without brakes. Wide toe jaws with snow-clearance channels, bi-directional heel rotation, and release values that range up to 12 still..
The Dynafit Speed Radical is the standard by which touring bindings are measured. Evolved from the tried and true TLT Speed, the binding is designed to be safer, easier to use, and support a wider range of boots sizes and release values. The skiability and precision control of the previous incarnation remain intact. If you are looking for a lightweight binding that gives you more a..
Going fat doesn’t have to mean going heavy. If you prefer wide skis (e.g. DPS 112s) and aren’t competing on the freeride world tour, the Plum Yak will take you to your happy place. Lightest in category, the touring binding features an extra-wide mounting pattern and a built-in heel-support pad. These give you the confidence to put powder boards on edge or drop from pillow to pillow..
Although limited in boot compatibility*, the TR-2 binding is not limited in features and performance. Ski Trab developed a unique heel design that uses downward pressure to maximize steering precision. It also lets you change from ski-mode to walk-mode without exiting the binding; just press down with your pole. At the toe, the wings can open to the side, enabling a twisting releas..
Fritschi officially calls the Vipec a “Safety Tech” binding. While we don’t think it’s a good idea to label any binding “safe”, it does have very different release characteristics than most other tech bindings. That’s because the binding releases laterally at the toe instead of the heel. This aligns any unnatural twisting torque with the axis of your tibia, just like TUV certified ..
Taking a cue from software companies, Dynafit is now appending version numbers to its bindings. We recommend upgrading to the latest version of the Radical ST if it’s compatible with your operating system. The recommendation is due to release and retention improvements that move the tech binding a step closer to its alpine brethren. With 10mm of spring-loaded heel travel and a toe ..
The XS version of the Guide binding is tailored towards lighter skiers. Plum used softer springs to achieve release values appropriate for smaller skiers, but otherwise the binding is just as robust. It is fully featured with multiple risers, locked/unlocked modes, and adjustment for different boot lengths. You can choose from a brakeless version for the best uphill performance, or..
After proving the ION could handle abuse by aggressive skiers on big skis, G3 has now introduced a version with release values more appropriate for average folk. The ION 10 is essentially the same award-winning platform as the original version, but tuned for touring instead of freeriding. The ION is notable for eliminating common frustrations with tech-bindings such as toe-wing ici..
G3 is quietly gaining some impressive expertise with tech bindings. After experiencing moderate success with the uniquely designed Onyx and Ruby bindings, G3 has decided to focus on improving a more familiar design. And improve it they did, with many subtle changes designed to eliminate common frustrations. The small changes add up to a significant jump in overall quality.
Now with DIN! The new version of the Dynafit Radical bindings has recently been certified by TÜV to alpine touring standards for release and retention. This was partially accomplished by the toe piece being mounted on a rotating plate, allowing the release to be more consistent throughout the flex of the ski. The upgraded version also has a redesigned heel piece, with stronger roof..
The Radical FT binding has set the standard for freeride tech bindings. If you are above average in size or just love slaying big lines while watching your uphill weight, the Radical FT was made for you. Featuring a shock-absorbing carbon plate and release values that crank up to 12, these bindings are built to take some abuse. But they tip the scales at only 603 grams (21.3 ounces..
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