Getting the right ramp angle on your bindings can make the difference between skiing on-point or in the backseat with tired quads. B&D makes shims for almost every occasion. Choose a shim based on your binding and desired pin height delta, which can take some experimentation. Shorter boot sole lengths are more affected by delta because they end up with a higher ramp angle, thus look for thicker shims. Shorter skis also may benefit from thicker shims. For long skis and long feet, go thin to win. Some folks who shim their toes also increase the height of their heel risers to compensate. Do this with B&D Nubbins. All shims are sold in pairs while the screws are priced individually.
Classic Shims, 3.2mm - Shims that are mounted under tech binding toes in order to reduce your ramp angle. 3.2mm thick, laser cut.
Classic Shims, 4.7mm - 4.7mm thick version of the above shims. All these are drilled to match both Classic and Radical hole patterns.
Classic Shims, 6.4mm - Same thickness as the Radical ST/FT base plates, but used for the Speed Radical and most other tech toes.
Classic Extensions, 3.2mm – Also known as “tips & tails”, these allow the Classic shims to be used with Comfort, Vertical ST, and Vertical FT bindings. They interlock with the 3.2mm Classics.
Classic Extensions, 4.7mm - The Vertical & Comfort series toes have built in base plates that would otherwise overhang the shims. These slide into the Classic shims and work well with 23.5mm screws.
Classic Extensions, 6.4mm - Supports the base plates of older Dynafit bindings while raising the whole thing up 6.4 millimeters. The toe extensions need to be screwed onto your skis with the included wood screws (6.4mm version only).
Radical 1.0 Shims, 3.2mm - Raise up the toe pieces on your Dynafit Radical ST and FT bindings by 3.2 millimeters, reducing your ramp angle.
Radical 1.0 Shims, 4.7mm - Decrease the pin height delta by 4.7mm for those Radical ST/FT 1.0 bindings from Dynafit.
Radical 1.0 Shims, 6.4mm - Effectively double the baseplate thickness under your toes, reducing the pin height delta to less than 10 mils for the Radical ST/FT series.
Radical ST 2.0 Shims, 3.2mm – Although there is a bit less pin height delta on the 2.0 series, it is still relatively high. This will correct it by 3.2mm.
Radical ST 2.0 Shims, 4.7mm – Decrease your delta by 4.7mm on the 2.0 Radical ST bindings. 37g each.
Radical ST 2.0 Shims, 6.4mm – As the thickest shims for the Radical ST 2.0 binding, the 6.4mm shims will neutralize the ramp angle the most.
Radical FT 2.0 Shims, 3.2mm – Radical 2.0 heel pins are about 13.5mm higher than the toe pins. These shims will lower the delta to near 10mm, which some feel is a good target for touring skis.
Radical FT 2.0 Shims, 4.7mm – The happy medium between the 1/8” and 1/4” shims for the Radical FT 2.0 binding.
Radical FT 2.0 Shims, 6.4mm – More toe height means less delta which means less ramp angle and possible tired quadriceps.
Kingpin Shims, 3.2mm – Although the Kingpin has no heel pins, we’ve estimated the effective delta at +9.5mm. This can be lowered with this shims.
Kingpin Shims, 4.7mm – A thicker shim for the Kingpin will get you close to +5mm.
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 1.0 & 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.
I'm going to get the Radical FT 2.0 4.7mm toe shim. What length screw do I need? And do I couple this shim with the baseplate that comes with the binding? I'm assuming that nubbins fit Radical 2.0, yes? Thanks!
I have some Speed Radicals already mounted up but I'd like to add a toe plate (6.4mm classic) to reduce ramp angle. The screws are epoxied, is it possible/recommended to remount in same holes? I'm handy but still a nube when it comes to mounting tech bindings...thanks!
Hi JP, it often depends on the ski whether a second mount in the same holes would be secure. With a decent reinforcement plate it shouldn't be a problem, as long as the epoxied screws don't take out the core with them.
Will a Classic 6.4 mm Shim work with Plum Guide Toe? Looking at the shim, you just use a existing hole pattern, correct? I know I can use the Plum Yak toe plate as well for a shim, however I would not like to drill a larger hole pattern consider the ski I would be using. If this does work, which screws would I use? Thanks for your help
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 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.