It seems like the Euros are always showing us what to do when it comes to ski gear, and if they weren't right all the time, we might be more upset about it. Manufactured by the Italian pin-tech binding giant ATK, the fresh-out-of-the-factory Pure 8 and Pure 10 bindings from Hagan are just what the lightweight, peak-bagging, and pow-ripping doctor ordered. With the key difference be..
Finally, a decent touring binding for juniors and lighter adults! While many binding manufacturers brag about their bindings going up to 18, Dynafit can brag about this one going down to 2.5 on the release scale. This is novel for tech-bindings, and the ST Rotation 7 opens up the lightweight touring world to juniors while also servicing young adults, small women, and even men with ..
The ATK Crest reminds us of that saying, “you can’t have your cake and eat it too.” Except, with these bindings, you actually can…metaphorically, anyways (don’t eat your bindings). They prove that you can have all the features AND go lightweight too. The Crest’s paltry weight and three walk modes won’t inhibit you on the up, no matter the size of the ascent. Meanwhile, ski brakes, ..
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. 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..
You flock to the backcountry because you don’t want to follow rules or be told what to do. Ski touring allows you to set a skintrack and go where you want. In the backcountry, there aren’t ski patrollers telling you to slow down or restricting where you can go. So, if you’re the type of skier who goes to remote places and enjoys popping off features while getting down the mountain ..
The beautiful thing about backcountry skiing is the freedom the method of travel allows. With some skis and a bit of patience, a competent and fit skier can paint the snowy canvas however they want. On the descent, having the freedom to take some risks while skiing fast and playfully can be a truly magical experience and sometimes it may be worth carrying a few more grams uphill. I..
A more elegant binding for a more civilized age. The ST Rotation is the new DIN certification-ready kid on the block, and it’s now one of the best choices for backcountry skiers who want to optimize for knee-protection. It’s a full-featured binding with brakes, multiple risers, and generous adjustability. Dynafit’s latest and greatest also has refinements for smooth operation and e..
After proving the ION could handle abuse by aggressive skiers on big skis, G3 has now introduced a version with release values more appropriate for average folk. The ION 10 is essentially the same award-winning platform as the original version, but tuned for touring instead of freeriding. The ION is notable for eliminating common frustrations with tech-bindings such as toe-wing ici..
Like its little brother, the Dynafit ST Rotation 12 is one of the few tech bindings that has met the elusive DIN standards for release consistency and performance under pressure. This is due in large part to the rotating toe piece from which the Rotation binding gets its name. The gapless heel piece is spring-loaded to reduce any change in release value throughout the flex of the s..
G3 is quietly gaining some impressive expertise with tech bindings. After experiencing moderate success with the uniquely designed Onyx and Ruby bindings, G3 has decided to focus on improving a more familiar design. And improve it they did, with many subtle changes designed to eliminate common frustrations. The small changes add up to a significant jump in overall quality. The I..
The ATK Freeraider 14 is one of those products that defies singular categorization by merging two vastly different genres. Is it a freeride binding featuring a high release value of 14 that is capable of big stomps? You betcha. But here’s where things get interesting. It is ALSO (somehow) lightweight enough to be used for everyday touring without feeling like you’re hauling a burde..
Although limited in boot compatibility*, the TR-2 binding is not limited in features and performance. Ski Trab developed a unique heel design that uses downward pressure to maximize steering precision. It also lets you change from ski-mode to walk-mode without exiting the binding; just press down with your pole. At the toe, the wings can open to the side, enabling a twisting releas..
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Long lines, crowded parking lots, boring terrain, tracked out snow, and expensive lift tickets are common reasons to avoid ski resorts. Despite these drawbacks, the ease of chairlift skiing often entices skiers to partake of the lift-serviced goods from time to time. When the inevitable boredom sets in, locals and determined adventurers set out to find the small pockets of wild sid..
Building on the extensive engineering of the Vipec, the recipient of a Gold ISPO Award, Fritschi hath revealed the Tecton. It is instantly the new standard in the category of “alpine-like” tech bindings. It is the only tech binding to pair lateral-release in the toe with an alpine-style heel. This means the release profile is similar to alpine bindings and DIN certification will be..
Skimo Co's newest hire is an aspiring Freeride World Tour athlete who stands a proud 5'3" and has no fear about straightlining down couloirs or doing backflips off of 25-foot booters. But you don't need to be flying all over the world -- and off of massive cliffs -- to appreciate the innovations of the perfect on-piste/off-piste crossover binding. With the arrival of the Shift 10, ..
The alpine-touring “plate” bindings of yesteryear had a knack for being heavy, clunky, and walking very poorly. Dynafit-style tech bindings had a reputation for superb walking performance and low weight, but at the price of sacrificing alpine-style release and retention characteristics. For some skiers, this meant there was sacrifice involved in choosing a touring binding. Either n..
Typically, the "reliability" of a ski binding refers to its consistency of retention and release of your ski boots. When it comes to touring bindings, the Salomon MNC Shift is among the most reliable that you can find, and with a DIN certification to back it up! This level of consistency is something formerly considered unachievable in the backcountry, except for frame bindings (bu..
The striding efficiency of tech bindings is a requirement for those who have tried them. But there is a class of skier that demands zero compromise on downhill ski performance or release safety. If that sounds like you, Atomic (together with Salomon) has finally solved your dilemma. The Shift MNC 13 is an alpine binding that has tech pins hidden in the toes so you can have the best..