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) each, roughly half the weight of your average non-tech alpine touring binding.
Radical FT vs Radical ST
The FT features a full length carbon plate that adds torsional rigidity and features an automatic shock absorber. Under serious flex, such as big landing, the locking mechanism will engage which turns the rear rubber pieces into dampeners that will stiffen your ski. A more natural flex will reappear after you stick the landing. The FT release value range is also higher at 5-12 compared to the ST version at 4-10, and the lift plates are slightly wider to accommodate fatter skis. When it comes to grams, you are adding 57 each with the FT, or 2.0 ounces per ski.
Radical FT vs Vertical FT
As noted in our Dynafit Radical vs Vertical article, the Radical / Vertical distinctions are many. The toe piece side towers on the Radicals are easier to step into and provide some impact protection, while the heel piece features Speed Step risers instead of requiring binding rotation to adjust your heel height. While the release values go to 12 on both, the carbon connection plate on the Radicals has a shock absorber to help with those big airs. These features come at a cost of $50 and an additional 60-70 grams per binding, depending on the brake sizes involved, over the Vertical FT.
|Riser Heights||2 + flat|
|Materials||7075 aluminum, CrMo & stainless steel, high-strength plastic, Hexcel carbon|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Shock absorbing plate stiffens the ski on landings|
|Bottom Line||The standard bearer for freeride tech bindings|