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.
|Weight (pair)||742g [97mm]|
||97, 102, 108, 120|
||4 + flat|
||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|
|Compare to other Full-featured Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
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.
Are the brakes removable?
You can remove the brakes, but they are so light, Why?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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.
How should I choose which brake width to order on this binding?
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 email@example.com, and we can chat brakes for your set up!
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!
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