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ATK Freeraider 16 Binding


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
convert to ounces
379g [97mm]
Weight (pair) 758g [97mm]
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes (mm)   97, 102, 108, 120
BSL Adjustment   25mm
Riser Heights   4 + flat
Vertical Release   9-16
Lateral Release   9-16
Crampon Ready   Yes
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   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
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Jay
I´m skiing big fat skis. K2 Pon2oons, reckoners, Dynafit MFree 118... I´ve been using the Cast freetour and I´d like to give these "lightweigh but strong" binders a try. I´m 183cms 200lbs agressive skier, but I´m not hucking clifs, landing switch and all that stuff, just skiing hard. Do you think these could pair with some of my fat skis? will they hold, tour OK?
Answer from Emmett I
Reach out to us at to go into more detail!
These will work great for wider skis. Wide mount pattern, freeride spacer, heel elasticity. Of course, these aren't alpine bindings so they do have quirks to pay attention to. The higher ramp angle and a slight change in release value when the ski flexes are the two biggest factors, both of which are probably not noticeable.
Answer from Emmett I
Also, you'll want the Freeraider 14, these 16s are discontinued.
Answer from Jorge CS
Great! Thank you for the fast answer!
I’ll send an email to SkiMo
Answer from Jorge CS
Sorry, one more: brakes!
I’ve seen the widest breaks in the ATK line goes up to 120mm. Spill they fit a 132mm wait ski?
Wilt these binders hold on to the ski or it’d be too much plank and torque on those toes?
Answer from jbo
Hi Jorge, there is no problem with the bindings holding onto the ski, but it would be tough to try and stretch the brakes over a 132mm waist. Would be better pulling them off.
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Question from david s
These have a vertical release in the heal only, correct? The toe piece has no vertical release at all? If so in a slow twisting fall, say your tip gets stuck under a log and turns you sideways, you will not release?
Answer from jbo
Hi David, there is no vertical release in the toe. To my knowledge, there isn't a binding with such release, alpine or touring. You can release vertically from the heel if your tip gets stuck, noting a slow twisting fall is a worst-case scenario for any binding in terms of release (again including alpine).
Answer from david s
Thank you for clarifying! My problem is I have them set at "5" and Ive skied my alpine and vipec setup always at "7" and released in the same type of fall from alpine and vipec and have three times now not released from my raiders. Seems like these only work consistently for people in the sweet spot for height and weight. I am small and I have heard other stories from larger skiers. I am worried these and other pins are not as safe as downhill alpine bindings due to inconsistencies like that?
Answer from jbo
Hi David, the lowest setting for these bindings is 9 so maybe you have a different model?

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.
Answer from Calvin E
If you slide your tip or tips under a log, all bets are off, no matter what gear you have. The best thing is to carefully avoid this. Don't tour early season, especially through trees where logs aren't buried very deep. Watch for a horizontal crease or bulge in the snow - looks almost like a small snow drift that shouldn't be there. If you don't have time to avoid, get your tips above the snow and your skies will ramp right over the log. I've done this many times.
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Question from Vermy
Is it possible to lock down lateral toe settings on freeraider 16 . It releases on highest setting dangerously often.
Answer from Jeff
Vermy, Of any binding, you should not be coming out of this one 'Often'. Please contact us at with more details of what is happening.
Answer from Ben
The low/medium/high settings on the toe do not effect the clamping force in downhill mode, they only change settings for locked uphill mode, the idea is to accommodate for worn tech inserts in boots. The new ATK Raider Evo bindings coming out in a few months will supposedly have a truly adjustable release toepiece.
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Question from Drew Burman
I got into touring with the salomon shifts and used them for 3 years. I am looking for a new binding for some 110’s. Would the freeraider 16’s provide similar stability but lighter and more features?
Answer from Zak M
Hey Drew, I think ATK Freeraider 16 would absolutely be up your alley. With strong durable materials at nearly half the weight of the Shift, many of ATK's bindings are extremely impressive for how well they perform. I do think however it really does depend on where you plan to use your bindings and what type of skier you are. Will you be skiing primary in bounds? Will you be hucking huge cliffs? If so then maybe the Freeraider 16 may not be the best binding for the job because in reality it still is a pretty lightweight tech binding and especially if your intention is to use them primarily at the resort it may not be the best option. But, if you are looking for a burly tech binding that can be skied aggressively, while still maintaining a low weight penalty ATK is amazing.

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 with any other questions you might have.
Answer from Mike K
I am 5‘9“, 207lbs.
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.
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Question from Seamus
Hello, is this the ATK version of the freeraider, or is it one of the other rebranded ones (BD, etc)

Answer from Ian C
Hello Seamus, this is indeed the actual ATK Freeraider, although we also carry rebranded variations of the Raider series. You can check out a couple in the "related products" section on this page for comparison.
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Question from Robert F
Is it possible to purchase just a toe piece? I need a spare for a remote trip.
Answer from Ian C
Hi Robert, sure thing, you can pick up a spare Raider toe under our ATK toe pieces listing!
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Question from Jo Jo Hooba
I have a 104mm ski. Should I get the 102mm or the 108mm brakes?
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for your question, Jo Jo. Either would be fine. If you aren't going to use the bindings on a bigger ski in the future, go with the 102mm and stretch them to fit.
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Question from Ron O
I am considering this binding for the Armada ARV116 JJ UL will the 108 brake be large enough or is the 120 a better fit?
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Ron,

For a ski that is 116mm underfoot, I would definitely go with the 120mm brakes.
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Question from D A
Is it possible to mount the freeride spacer without brakes?
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for reaching out! The freeride spacer can be used without the brakes. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
Answer from Glen M
How do you remove the brakes?
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Question from BARRY WICKS
Do you guys just sell the toe shims for these? I have some freeraider 14's id like to reduce the angle on.

Answer from Tristan M
Hi Barry,

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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