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ATK Kuluar 9 LT Binding

$499.95

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Does a dawn patrol mean at least 4-5000 feet of climbing? Do you want to ski lines in multiple drainages in one day? Weighing in around the 200-gram mark, the ATK Kuluar 9 LT should be the lightweight speed tourer's weapon of choice. As you begin your day, you’ll notice the efficient race flaps. When the skinner gets steep, you’ll happily enjoy the fact that such a lightweight binding has a second riser, available by rotating the heel 180°. Should you take a spill and lose a ski, the included Kevlar core leash will keep the ski from sliding to the bottom. As you descend in style, the spring-loaded heel allows 10mm of fore and aft travel in case you bottom out on a drop. You’ll also appreciate the 20mm of adjustment in the heel that accommodates multiple boots, the removable crampon receptor, and adjustable lateral release. Rest assured that you'll have everything you need and nothing you don't. With critical features and a bantamweight build coming from a renowned binding manufacturer, you can trust that the ATK Kuluar 9 LT will keep you touring for years.

  • 20mm of heel adjustability allows the use of multiple pairs of boots.
  • A flat mode and two riser heights allow you to stay moving efficiently.
  • Included kevlar core leash keeps your ski from running away in case of a binding release.
  • Convenient race flap lends itself to quick transitions, flipping over completely for a high riser.
  • A spring-loaded heel track will absorb those drops without a pre-release.
  • Also available with a 12 release spring.
Specifications
Weight
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214g
Weight (pair) 428g
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes (mm)   Leashes
BSL Adjustment   20mm
Riser Heights   2 + Flat
Vertical Release   Fixed
Lateral Release   4-9
Crampon Ready   Included option
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials   7075 aluminum, stainless steel, POM
Skimo Co Says
Usage Speed touring until the street lights go on
Notes Faster transitions with race flap
Bottom Line Generously featured binding at an exceptional weight
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Questions & Reviews

4/18/2022
Question from Ben
 
I assume ATK uses the same U-springs in these as the Trofeo bindings. My question is: does the Kuluar 9 use the heel spring from the R6 or R8 Trofeo?
4/18/2022
Answer from Cole P
 
Hey Ben, the Kuluar release values differ in our tests from the Trofeo, so it appears to be a different u-spring.
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11/24/2021
Question from Annie
 
What is the difference between the Kuluar 9 LT and the Haute Route? Any major performance differences?

Thanks!!
11/24/2021
Answer from Ian C
 
Hi Annie! These are both lighter touring bindings made by ATK so they will have a similar overall performance. I would say the main advantage of the Haute Routes is their fully adjustable vertical release, whereas the Kuluar vertical release is fixed at a fairly stiff value. The machining on the toes is a little different but nothing major.

On the other hand, the Kuluar has elastic heel travel, which is a feature the Haute Routes lack. Let us know if you have any other questions!
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11/2/2021
Question from Rikard Tvedby
 
Hi. I was wondering if the LT version is the same as the binding just without brakes. In other words, can I buy the version with brakes and then choose not to mount the brakes?

/Rikard
11/2/2021
Answer from Will McD
 
Hi Rikard,
The LT version comes with a brake seat pad installed where the brakes would usually be, this is what you would be missing if you got the not-LT version and mounted it without the brakes, though it is sold separately. The brake seat cover protects the spot where the brakes attach and also prevents snow and ice from building up, so it is nice to have but is not necessary for the binding to be functional.
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10/17/2021
Question from Tim
 
Do Dynafit-style crampons fit or do you have to go ATK?

How would you compare this with the Plum Oazo 8? Looks like the same weight, similar build, but this Kuluar gets 10mm of elastic travel in the heel. Seems like a big winner.
10/18/2021
Answer from Julieana
 
Hey Tim,
Yes you can use Dynafit crampons with this binding!

As far as the elastic travel goes, you likely won't notice it when you're skiing it. This binding is mounted with a gap just like the Oazo and the travel is designed so that you don't damage the binding if you manage to really overflex the ski. I personally like the Oazo since you can access both riser heights without turning the binding, and I also happen to like the Plum crampons a little better than the Dynafit crampons. But other than those minor differences they are very comparable bindings, and I think this one is an excellent choice--especially if you're a fan of Dynafit-style crampons.
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Model: Kuluar 9 LT UPC: 8051406194413

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