The Dynafit Radical ST binding is the Radical version of the classic Vertical ST. Note that Radical is capitalized, as that is a product line difference and not an unrestricted license for you to get Rad. As noted in our Dynafit Radical vs Vertical article, the difference comes down to skier preference.
6mm plates under the toe and heel transfer power across a wide surface area for extra stability and control at speed.
Speed Step heel climbing bar offering 2 riser heights in addition to flat, which can be flicked into place with a pole after a little practice.
Power Towers on the toe pieces help guide your boots into the pincers, with bonus protection from side impacts.
A full 25mm of fore/aft heel adjustment adapts to various boot sole lengths, which can increase the resale value as more people can step in.
Brakes are included with 92mm, 100mm, 110mm, or 130mm options to match the width of your ski.
The brakes have a glide plate intended to reduce friction from rubber boot soles when releasing sideways.
New anti-rotational device on the brakes ensures the heel piece doesn't rotate accidentally and put you in ski mode while skinning.
Crampon slots are designed to hold Dynafit ski crampons for those steep and greasy skin tracks.
** Please ensure your underfoot ski width is no more than a couple millimeters greater than the brake size you select, and preferrably no more than 15mm skinnier.
Radical ST vs Radical Speed
The ST version introduces plates under the toe and heel which help transfer power across the ski and enable the use of brakes. If you plan on using the bindings at a resort where brakes are required, choose the STs. If you are only using these in the backcountry, you can consider saving $100 and 179 grams (6.3 ounces) per binding and go with the Speeds.
Radical ST vs Radical FT
The STs don't come equipped with the full length shock absorbing carbon plate found on the FT version of the Radicals. They also have a maximum release value of 10, versus 12 on the FT. If you don't huck big cliffs or weigh over 185lbs, you might not miss those features and save yourself $100 and 114 grams (4.0 ounces) per pair by getting these. You will enjoy the Speed Step climbing bars on both.
Can you remove the brakes entirely? I understand the Speed binding would be the model w/o brakes but I want this binding because of the plate under the front binding of which the Speed does not have. Thanks.
Hi Charlie, it's possible to hack them off but it's not recommended. The anti-twist mechanism which prevents unwanted rotation while touring is affixed to the brakes. Best bet is the Speed Rad plus B&D or Dynafit toe shims.
At 5'9" and 190 lbs, 298ish sole length, would the 10 din work for me? I usually set my dins at about a 9-11 depending on what I'm doing, so I'm a little concerned about maxing out the din. Any input..?
Hi Rich, looks like you are fluctuating between type III & III+ skier settings for your size (provided you are between 10 & 49 yrs old). Given that, it's not ideal for you to hover near the maximum binding settings. While you could probably deal with it, a binding that goes up to 12 would give you a little more breathing room. Check out the Radical FT, Plum Guide, G3 Ion, or Fritschi Vipec.
I am looking at buying and mounting these on the K2 Comeback 104. Would I be able to squeeze the 100mm brake on there or would I have to make the jump to 110mm? I'm concerned that the 110 may drag on turns...
Hi Nick, the brakes migrate inwards on top of the ski as they are being retracted, so you shouldn't have any issue with drag. Depending on your boot sole length, the ski may widen enough to require bending of the 100s which can compromise the stopping ability. It's probably possible to get those to work, but not necessary.
I use these bindings as well as the Speed Radical. Upgrading to the radical was inspired, in part, by the fact that the brakes on ST bindings seem to be pretty mediocre, even with mid-fat (90mm) skis. I've had to chase a ski more than once when it glided down despite having the brakes extended. I still use these (ST) for touring with skinnier skis, especially inbounds.
Hi, I have "K2 Shreditor 112 Skis - Men's - 2014" with the Specs:Tip/Waist/Tail Widths: 135/112/130. Just wondering which size of the brake width should I buy from this DYNAFIT RADICAL ST BINDING ? Also, can this "brake" be removable ?
Hi Mac. There are a couple millimeters of wiggle room with the widths, so the 110mm brakes should work. For comparison, DPS recommends the 110mm brakes for their 112mm skis. The 130s would also work, but hang over the edges a bit more.
The brakes aren't designed to be removed but can be cut off with some effort. Note there is an anti-rotation feature built into the brake mechanism that prevents the binding from rotating into ski mode when skinning. Removing the whole brake will disable this feature.