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 except for the screws, which are sold individually.
3.2mm Classic Shims - Shims that are mounted under tech binding toes in order to reduce your ramp angle. 3.2mm thick, laser cut.
4.7mm Classic Shims - 4.7mm thick version of the above shims. All these are drilled to match both Classic and Radical hole patterns.
6.4mm Classic Shims - Same thickness as the Radical ST/FT base plates, but used for the Speed Radical and most other tech toes.
3.2mm Shim Extensions - These allow the Classic shims to be used with Comfort, Vertical ST, and Vertical FT bindings.
4.7mm Shim Extensions - The Vertical & Comfort series toes have built in base plates that would otherwise overhang the shims.
6.4mm Shim Extensions - Supports the base plates of older Dynafit bindings while raising the whole thing up 6.4 millimeters.
3.2mm Radical Shims - Raise up the toe pieces on your Dynafit Radical ST and FT bindings by 3.2 millimeters, reducing your ramp angle.
4.7mm Radical Shims - Decrease the pin height delta by 4.7mm for those ST/FT bindings from Dynafit.
6.4mm Radical Shims - Effectively double the baseplate thickness under your toes, reducing the pin height delta to less than 10 mils for the Radical ST/FT series.
Superlite 2.0 Adjustment Plates - Cool design for Superlite 2.0 bindings. The drill holes match the Radical heel pattern while allowing 8mm of fore/aft adjustment for the Superlite 2. 28g w/ hardware.
Superlite 2.0 Anti-Rotation - Little plastic widgets that mount on the brake knobs to prevent rotation of the heel when using the unofficial flat-on-ski mode. Comes in Adjustable or Standard versions for use with and without adjustment plates, respectively.
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 26 grams (0.9oz) and match the stock riser height. Tall/short versions are +/- 6.4 millimeters and +/- 7 grams respectively.
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 bindings. Sold separately from Volcanoes.
Speed Plates - Flat top plates for Dynafit binding heels which weigh just 20 grams. Go without a high riser and save up to 60 grams (2.1 ounces) over stock Classic, Comfort, Vertical, or Speed Turn roofs.
Light Springs - Reduce the lateral release value of Dynafit Radical bindings to around 3 by swapping the springs in the heels.
19mm Screw - If you add some shims, you're going to need longer screws. These are good for shimming most bindings without a base plate plus the Speed Turns.
23.5mm Screw - Perfect for 4.7mm shims under Radical & Vertical toes that already have baseplates.
28mm Screw - These are for raising the Radical ST or Vertical ST toes past 4.7mm. Watch your depth, you may need to grind 'em down.
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.