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.
||2 + Flat|
||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|
|Compare to other Lean Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
The first riser position is either the blue flap flipped over the heel pins or the heel turned 180 degrees. They're both the same height. If you think you'll be using the second riser position (the blue flap flipped back away from the heel pins with the heel rotated 180 degrees), then spin the heel to get to the first riser position. If you won't need the second riser on a climb, it'll be faster to use the blue flap to cover the heel pins.
The simplicity of this binding makes turning it with your pole pretty difficult. Much easier to just turn it with your hand.
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!
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.
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.
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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