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ATK Freeraider 14 Binding


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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 burdensome ball and chain up the skin track. We can hear the backcountry cliff droppers rejoicing while bigger, hard-charging skiers also nod their heads in agreement. For the folks requiring high release values (you know who you are), take comfort in knowing that ATK incorporated 12mm of heel elastic travel for cushy landings. Speaking of gaps, the Freeraider 14 features adjustability up to 25mm to accommodate a lot of different boots. The binding also comes with a freeride spacer that adds support under the heel when skiing hard, making for a stiff ride. Made in Italy using quality materials and fine machinery, the ATK Freeraider 14 won’t let you down or out (easily).

  • Choose a release value between 8-14 to keep the skis on when you want and off when you don't.
  • Alu Alloys, Stainless Steel, and POM materials used to withstand your abuse.
  • 25mm of adjustment so you can use a whole quiver of boots.
  • Five different walk modes give you plenty of options on varying terrain.
  • 12mm of travel in the Elastic Response System that works to smooth out those high-impact landings.
  • Cam Release System is featured in the heel pieces to make the vertical retention very precise.
  • Easy Entry System makes stepping into your toe pieces a cinch.
  • Snow Pack Proof feature prevents snow/ice/debris buildup in toe pieces so you can focus on skiing, not cleaning your gear.
  • Uphill Hardness Variator allows you to adjust toe piece locking pressure.
  • Magneto Heel Flaps help stabilize the heel risers so they don't rattle around.

Update 2021/22: ATK changed the drill pattern on the toe piece. All bindings labeled as "2021" will have the previous 30/45 x 35 pattern.

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371g [97mm]
Weight (pair) 742g [97mm]
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes (mm)   97, 102, 108, 120
BSL Adjustment   25mm
Riser Heights   4 + flat
Vertical Release   8-14
Lateral Release   8-14
Crampon Ready   Yes
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Aluminum alloys, POM, stainless steel
Skimo Co Says
Usage Freeride, backcountry, sidecountry
Notes Includes Freeride spacer
Bottom Line Send it hard without the weight penalty
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Pat
Hi, I'm looking for that elusive light weight/ good skiing combo for a binding. I plan on mounting to my alp tracks 98. Currently deciding between these and the new atomic backlands. Any thoughts? Thanks!
Answer from Emmett I

The Backland is lighter and simpler, while the Freeraider has an elastic heel design, freeride spacer, and a higher max release.

Heavier or aggressive skiers may find that the additional features of the Freeraider give a smoother, safer ride. For everyone else, the Backland works great.

Hope that helps outline the differences a bit!
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Question from Maksym Maletskyy
Hi, I got myself used salomon qst 98 skis mounted with salomon shift for 305mm boot, but i wanted to remount it with ATK Freeraider 14 Binding or new EVO 15,
will i be able to mount it on the same mark on the skis? or i would have to move mounting point drasticaly, to avoid holes intersecting , my boot is 315 mm bsl
Thanks !
Answer from Emmett I

The only way to know for sure will be to take off the old bindings and line up the new ones with your boot.

That said, it looks like you wouldn't need to move the toe, or you'd need to move it back just a hair, and you should be able to move the heel forward or back and account for it with the BSL adjustment in the heel.
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Question from Todd
How common is it to add a toe shim on this binding? I had to add a 5mm shim on my speed turns and curious if these are similar?
Answer from jbo
Hi Todd, it's less common than the Dynafits since the stock ramp angle is lower...more like a shimmed Speed Turn. FYI DPS R14 comes with one.
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Question from Jared
If I have a 105 width ski, should I get the 102 width brake and bend it out a bit? Or get the 108 width brake?
Answer from jbo
Hi Jared, you likely could go either way depending on the shape of your sidewalls. I personally lean towards narrower if possible.
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Question from steve
does the Freeride spacer adjust in height? It seems like there would be variation between boots in the pin height to sole length.
Answer from jbo
Hi Steve, yes, you can tweak the height by selecting from three included shims of varying thicknesses (or a fourth option of no shim).
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Question from Adam A
I noticed that the glam edition is featured in the first two pictures of this product above. Is the glam edition still available?
Answer from jbo
Hi Adam, sadly those photos were a remnant from last season. The Glam is no longer available.
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Question from slator
what is the best way to use this binding without the brake, but still have the lateral motion that comes with the sliding plate on the brake pad? if i install the Brake Seat Covers then I lose the lateral motion of the brake pad, right?
Answer from Ian C
Hi Slator, the sliding action on the brake pads is intended to counter the lateral friction from the brake itself. If you remove the brakes, then theoretically you no longer need an AFD as there is no interference in the first place.

However, if you like a solid platform for your heels, you could also take a look at the Raider freeride spacer from our
ATK binding parts page.
These contain their own sliding plate and can be used with the seat covers in the absence of brakes.
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Question from steve
Are there any plates to make the delta less? Plates to put under the toe?
Are the brakes removable?
Answer from Jeff
Steve, Yes, it is the Raider Toe shim, Here - ATK binding parts. It installs under the toe piece, and includes the longer screws you will need.
You can remove the brakes, but they are so light, Why?
Answer from Jeremy L
Thanks for reaching out, Steve. There are toe shims for that binding which can be found here and choose the "Raider Toe Shim" from the drop-down menu. The brakes are removable but you would want to replace them with the "Brake Seat Cover" also found here.
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Question from Willow
Overall, these are the best bindings I’ve ever used. One design flaw is that the toe piece can collect ice and snow underneath itself. There is no space to clean the ice and snow out with a pole tip etc. This makes locking the toe very difficult in uphill mode when it is cold and icy. Do you have any suggestions? I thought about spraying some WD-40 or other lubricant under the toe piece.
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Willow,

You are on the right track! If you have had issues with icing, a little silicon spray under the toe piece will help to mitigate ice build up. If you have further questions, feel free to reach out to!
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Andrew R (used product regularly)
ATK currently makes the best touring bindings on the market. It's an outstanding binding that is easy to get in and out of, very durable, a very functional and efficient design, and it skis very well. The freeride spacer makes a big difference and really sets the binding apart.

I've seen my ski partners have other bindings (Dynafit) fail on them mid run and these just keep on going. I came from the Salomon MTN which was a great binding. I think this one is easier to get in and out of, skis better, and is more durable.

My one complaint is the brake system. It's not a bad system and generally works fine but it has its moments when snow builds up below it. I would make sure to do your best to clean out any snow below the brake when you're transitioning. Even a minor amount of snow can cause the brake to not fully catch and eventually pop out when you start skinning again.

I would highly recommend this binding and other similar ATK bindings.
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Question from Mike

How should I choose which brake width to order on this binding?

Answer from Tristan M
Hi Mike,

Brake width depends on the waist width of your skis! The closer the brake width to the waist width of your ski, the more ideal the fit. However, brakes that are too narrow can be stretched to the correct width by up to 6mm depending on the brand. Additionally, brakes that are significantly wider than your ski may catch when you roll your skis on edge. reach out to us at, and we can chat brakes for your set up!
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Question from bruno wick
Do you all have any intention of carrying the FR 16?
Answer from jbo
Hi Riley, we now have a new listing for the Freeraider 16.
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Question from Michael Stewart
Do Dynafit ski crampons work with these or do you need to buy the ATK ski crampons?
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Michael,

Yes, Dynafit ski crampons are compatible with ATK bindings! Refer to our Ski Crampon Compatibility article for a full guide on the world of Ski Crampons!
Answer from Eric S
They work, but they don't fit as well as the ATK crampons do.
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