PLEASE NOTE: We have moved the shims to a separate listing: B&D Shims
The engineering and machining wizards at B&D Precision in Redding, California also happen to be backcountry skiers. It's therefore not surprising that they dabble in making ski gear. Enough years of dabbling have earned them brand recognition for aftermarket solutions to common backcountry problems. We are happy to support their ingenuity by offering a growing list of B&D binding parts below. Everything is sold in pairs.
Superlite 2 Nubbins – Folks with boots that don’t articulate well benefit from high risers. Supersize your Superlite 2.0 riser with a Nubbin from BnD. These geometric oddities affix with included screws onto the standard riser of a green or white Dynafit Superlite 2.0 heel piece. 13 grams with attachment screws.
Radical Nubbins - Increase the height of the highest riser on Dynafit Radical bindings. Especially useful if you are shimming the toes which reduces effective riser height. Note this adds to the force put on the housing which could affect your warranty status.
Volcanoes - Riser cones that bolt onto Dynafit Comfort bindings or B&D Comfort Plates. Standard volcanoes weigh 13 grams (0.4oz) and match the stock riser height. Tall/short versions are +/- 6.4 millimeters and +/- 3 grams respectively. The tall version matches the Speed Turn riser height.
Comfort Plates - Replacement top plates for Comfort or Vertical heels which, coupled with Volcanoes, can add "turn with pole" support to TLT Classic or Speed Turn binding hs. Sold separately from Volcanoes.
Speed Plates - Flat top plates for Dynafit binding heels which weigh just 20 grams per pair. Go without a high riser and save up to 60 grams (2.1 ounces) over stock Classic, Comfort, Vertical, or Speed Turn roofs.
Superlite 2.0 Antitwist, Fixed - Little plastic widgets that mount on the brake knobs to prevent rotation of the heel when using the unofficial flat-on-ski mode. Note these prevent the use of brakes unless you also install the extended brake pins. <1 gram.
Superlite 2.0 Antitwist, Adjustable – Slightly bigger plastic widgets that prevent unwanted rotation in flat mode on the Superlite 2.0 binding. These work with the B&D adjustment plates and weigh 1 gram.
Superlite 2.0 Extended Brake Pins – Longer brake-retainer pins for the Superlite 2.0 for use with the Antitwist mechanisms.
Light Springs - Reduce the lateral release value of Dynafit Radical bindings to around 3 by swapping the springs in the heels.
This is a pretty-much perfect product. I was designing some ski packs and talking with Eric Carter about those packs and all kinds of other SkiMo gear. As we geeked out, he talked about binding ramp angles and boot ramp angles and I became fascinated - it was something I hadn't thought much about, but coming from a running background where I am very specific about the ramp of my shoes, it made a lot of sense.
Before mounting up my new Movement Shift skis with some Speed Radicals I read the Wildsnow article about ramp angle. While Eric is hardcore and like as little ramp as possible, I thought I'd start out with the 6.4mm B&D plate to bring my radicals down from 14.3 to 7.9. Since I had room, I added a couple 'gas pedal' shims to the toe of my boot, and I was in business. Eventually I took out one of the gas pedal shims, but now I feel so neutrally balanced over my skis that I can't believe the difference. It's a small change for sure, one that I don't notice first thing in the morning, but as the day wears on I feel like I'm still always were I want to be balanced over my skis.
I'm not advocating for low ramp angles, I'm not against them either. What, to me, matters most is getting in that perfect position on your skis, feeling like they are an extension of you, and like you are always where you want to be over them - feeling balanced and in command. With that in mind, these shims allow you to really dial in your position and get that perfect neutral feeling. Play with it, see what works best for you. Apparently they are fine to be stacked, so one day I may try to play around with going to an even lower ramp (love my Superlight 2.0 bindings that have a 7mm ramp, so going lower is definitely a possibility).
I see that the Superlite 2.0 adjustment plates are listed in the table of available plates but they are not in the drop down menu for purchase. I am assuming you are out of stock. Any predictions on when you will have more in stock. Thanks!
I'd like to order the B&D heel piece adjustment plates for the Dynafit Superlite 2.0 binding. They are described in the B&D section but the drop down list to order doesn't have them as an option. How can I go about ordering these?
I plan to mount a pair of 2015 TLT Speed Radicals to Solomon MTN Explorer 95 skis. My boots are Scarpa TX Pro. I believe the B & D Classic 6.4 mm shims are the ones I should use with longer 19 mm screws, but want to confirm before ordering. I also want to purchase a pair of crampons. Are the Dynafit 100 mm the best to use?
Hi Jim, yes you need the Classic version for those, and 6.4mm is a good height in my opinion. 19mm screws work perfectly with those. Aside from color, the 100mm crampons would be ideal for the MTN Explore.