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 that pivots laterally, the 2.0 has a smoother release while being more resistant to pre-release. In fact, the binding is now DIN certified.
Borrowed from the innovative Beast binding, the pivoting toe works in conjunction with the rotating heel to provide more reliable lateral release. The design also enables the absorption of side impacts without pre-releasing, since the boot can be displaced several millimeters and still return to center, much like an alpine binding. In addition, the spring loaded heel piece shifts backwards as the ski flexes, which helps the binding maintain its release characteristics under heavy load. This extra elasticity makes the 2.0 a better crossover resort binding than the Radical ST. In addition, the binding appears to be dipped in gold to make it a better hedge against inflation.
Radical ST 2.0 vs Radical ST
The primary difference between the ST 2.0 and the 1.0 is the addition of a rotational mechanism under the toe piece. This works in conjunction with the heel piece to provide smoother lateral releases while being more resistant to pre-release due to side impacts. There is also a new screw-hole pattern and larger base plates to spread power across a wider area. Slightly lowered heel pins, stronger climbing plates, and a shiny gold coating complete the checklist of differences.
Radical ST 2.0 vs Radical FT 2.0
The 2.0 versions of the Radical ST & FT mirror the differences found in the original versions. For starters, the FT versions have stronger heel springs, increasing the maximum release value to 12 versus 10 on the ST models. In addition, the FT 2.0 features wider baseplates made of aluminum for better stability and power transfer than the plastic ST plates. Those changes come at a cost of $100 and approximately 35 grams.
|Weight (pair)||1260g [90mm]|
|Brakes||90mm, 105mm, 120mm, 135mm|
|Riser Heights||3 + flat|
|Materials||Chromoly & stainless steel, 7075 aluminum, high strength plastic|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Rotating toe prevents pre-release|
|Bottom Line||Next generation tech binding|