Kudos to Ski Trab for an innovative new race toe! With a patented design that doesn’t require coiled springs, the Gara Titan approaches the 100 gram weight barrier that only recently seemed implausible. With the toe lever angled against your ski, the pins are pressed into the boot for a locked position. As with “traditional” race toes, pressing down on the lever allows the wings to open for release based on a single wire-spring, similar to “traditional” race heels. The heel is the same proven design used in the TR-Race model. The bindings come with either steel or titanium heel springs; the latter version is officially named Gara Titan World Cup.
New patented toe piece weighs just 59g (2.1 oz) with both locked & ski modes.
Design is less susceptible to pre-release caused by improper closure due to ice build-up.
Heel piece has a pin-cover flap for basic skinning and rotates for flat-on-ski position.
Toe pins have grooves to help clear boot inserts of ice and dirt during rotation.
Included removable crampon attachments accepts all ski crampons we’ve tried.
Update 2016/17: Trab has introduced a version with a thinner heel spring (4.5mm vs 5.0mm) for lighter skiers. Also the toe piece has been redesigned slightly to better accommodate certain carbon race boots.
Hi John, the RV is approximately the same on those. Like some other manufacturers, Trab shortens the U-spring in the titanium version to compensate for its lower Young's modulus. Highest RV is actually found in the Release version, which is on par with the Hagan. Note softer springs will be available later this season for both versions.
The biggest difference between the Trab and the Hagan is the Trab toe works opposite to every other toe piece on the market. you push down on the lever to enter and the spring default is closed (with other bindings you push down on the lever and it stays open until you step in). Otherwise the binding makes a great ultralight touring binding. It has a decent flat mode and it's easy to turn heel piece. The only other consideration is this has a slightly lower release value than the Hagan. So depending on what setting you like to have while skiing, you might pick one over the other. You may also consider the Release version of this binding for touring which adds more heel elasticity at minimal weight.
I have used this binding for only a week now so I can't speak to the longevity of the product. Having used ultralight race bindings for descent oriented ski touring for the past four years, I can say that these certainly feel the most robust of the lot. The heel cover is sturdy. The heel piece rotates smoothly into the flat touring mode without undue force. I quickly became accustomed to the toe piece's requirement for active pressure when engaging the boot. One can use one's hand or the tip of a ski pole and it has not proven to be a factor with regard to time during transitions. I have yet to utilize the locked position of the toe piece while skinning uphill or skiing downhill which suggests that releasing from the bindings is going to be unlikely when I fall. One must remember that this is a minimalist's binding as it has no heel riser, brake, or reliable release. For people that are primarily focused on weight while ascending and are potentially interested in a binding that allows big turns while descending, this Trab binding has proven to be a great option thus far.