The middle ground. This oft-forgotten principle takes the good from the extremes and combines them into a solution that is often better for all involved. Imagine that! It was with this thoughtful approach that ATK created the Kuluar 12 LT. Turns out, the middle ground between race and touring bindings is a winner. By combining lightweight reliable U-Springs, adjustable lateral release, and elasticity in the heel, ATK has created a binding that can calmly handle whatever the day brings yet remain light as a feather(ish). Keeping with our theme, the ample boot-sole adjustment helps accommodate all your boots (so long as they are within 20mm of each other). Take the stress out of binding shopping and bring home the ATK Kuluar 12 LT - a binding that everyone around the holiday dinner table can agree on.
- Alu 7075, Stainless Steel, and POM round out a hardy construction.
- 20mm of BSL adjustment so you can spring for those new boots.
- Three different walking modes give plenty of options to find that perfect middle-ground.
- Included ski leashes and crampon receptors because choices are nice.
- Elastic Response System compensates for ski-overflex.
- Easy Entry System helps with easy toe entry. Wow!
- Available in a softer 9 release value.
||Flat + 2|
||7075 aluminum, stainless steel, POM|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Everyday touring, quickly|
|Notes||Similar to the Trofeo race binding with more features|
|Bottom Line||More ATK brilliance|
|Compare to other Lean Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
Flat touring mode is achieve by simply rotating 90 degrees. I would recommend using your hand to do so.
You may be able to rotate your heel using a pole via wedging your ferrule between the pins. However, that is a recipe for a broken pole!
We haven't received these bindings for the fall yet, so I can't tell you the exact pin height measurements. For what it's worth, ATK bindings hover around a delta of +11mm heel over toe, but we will update our Reference Article when we get a measurement on the Kuluar 12s.
For the brakes, ATK lists the bindings with brakes as 250 grams as compared to 200 grams without the brakes. Again, once we get these in the shop we can provide more precise numbers on our ATK Touring Brakes page.
TLDR, I want a 300g ish or less binding that is as damp as possible. Worth replacing my trabs or "inconclusive?" The dampening I want is not dampening from hucking myself off things, but damping when the snow is disgusting and chattery.
The meat of your question may be about the frequency of longitudinal elasticity engagement of the ATKs compared to the Trab Vario.2, Marker Alpinist, or brakeless Fritschi Xenic (all gapless < 300g)? This is certainly less.
Does the material in the front of the heel pins act as a "freeride spacer" like in beefier ATKs?
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