When describing the Freeraider 16, ATK didn’t mince words and went straight to the point, “Send it Hard!” Designed for the biggest and baddest backcountry skiers amongst us, the Freeraider 16 is built for those seeking maximum retention far from the trailhead. The 12mm of total rearward travel is standing by - ready to absorb impact from whatever landing strip you have your sights on. The included toe shim helps balance the heel and toe drop, which is a must for modern freeride bindings. If all that isn’t tantalizing enough, the wide mounting platform and freeride heel spacer provide an unrivaled amount of power transmission, especially when considering its weight. If you are looking to go big, go big with the ATK Freeraider 16.
- The release value of 9-16 keeps your skis where they should be.
- Alu Alloys, Stainless Steel, and POM materials make for a robust package.
- 25mm of BSL adjustment to fit a wide range of boot sizes.
- Five different heel ride options provide plenty of....options!
- 12mm of travel in the Elastic Response System smooths out high-impact landings.
- Cam Release System helps with heel release and retention.
- Easy Entry System helps with stepping into the toe piece.
- Snow-Pack Proof toe prevents snow/ice/debris buildup.
- Uphill Hardness Variator allows you to adjust toe piece locking pressure for security on the up.
- Magneto Heel Flaps help stabilize the heel risers so they don't flop around
|Weight (pair)||758g [97mm]|
||97, 102, 108, 120|
||4 + flat|
||Aluminum alloys, POM, stainless steel|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Anything involving your skis not coming off|
|Notes||Comes with a toe shim for a more natural freeride stance|
|Bottom Line||For big and aggressive skiers seeking a light binding|
|Compare to other Full-featured Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
Release safety is a complex issue and it never hurts to get your bindings tested at a shop. You can dive into our overview of tech vs alpine binding release.
One other binding you might look at that has a bit more elasticity is the heel and is a DIN-certified tech binding would be the ever-reliable Dynafit Rotation 14. This would be the one tech binding that I would feel comfortable doing more resort days on while still being a fair amount lighter than the Shift. Give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org with any other questions you might have.
These are currently on some 189cm Scott Scrapper 115‘s. Man, the FR16‘s feel very connected to the skis. The boot, binding and ski system feels tight, powerful and responsive with these as the link.
At this point I have not found the upper limit and feel confident in all conditions and with speed. Despite the lack of bulk and weight, ATK had made a wonderfully simple, powerful and functional binding.
For a ski that is 116mm underfoot, I would definitely go with the 120mm brakes.
You can find the Raider compatible toe shim under our ATK Binding Parts listing. It is compatible with all Raider bindings!
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