Historically, race binding selection was based on an individual's needed release value and not much else. So even though the metallic hue of that one binding was calling your name, too bad! At least until now, that is. With the Trofeo, ATK has made the same great, race binding but with the option to choose between release values of 4,6,8, and 10. Now, everyone can enjoy the smooth, reliable action definitive of an ATK toepiece. For all but the biggest racers that need very high release values, the Trofeo has your back (feet?) in the quest for podium glory.
- Made of Alu 7075, Stainless Steel, and POM for a quality, durable build.
- Release value options of 4, 6, 8, or 10 for your retaining pleasure.
- Easy Entry System makes entry into the toe piece a breeze.
- Simple heel flap covers the pins to fly uphill.
- Solid steel heel pins will last you a long time.
- Optional adjustment plates for use with multiple boots.
- Optional crampon receptor will help you climb ice.
- Can accommodate an optional ski race brake.
|Weight (pair)||302g |
||2 + flat|
||7075 aluminum, stainless steel|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Speed touring, racing|
|Notes||Choose your release race binding|
|Bottom Line||ATK goodness with options|
|Compare to other Race Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
I think in the reviews of the BD-branded version of these bindings that people have noted the heel turret is hard to turn. Very true. To give you some perspective: It's painful to turn these bindings without a thick glove on.
Another minor complaint might be that it's impossible to open the toe with a pole tip. Not the most important thing, but it'd be nice.
But overall: bomber.
The torque needed to spin the heel is what gives you resistance to lateral release; different bindings with the same lateral release setting will take roughly the same torque to spin. Since the boot pins are usually about the same distance from the heel pivot point, different bindings with the same lateral release setting should take roughly the same amount of linear force to the pins to spin the heel. The difference with heavier non race binding heels is that they usually have a large structure rear of the pivot that you use as a handle to spin them. With those bindings, you apply force at a point much further from the pivot point, so a much smaller force results in the same torque at the pivot point and it feels easier to spin.
Good point on the torque; that could be it. But I suspect that if you go into the shop and turn a bunch of race heels, often shaped very similarly, you'll find significant differences in how hard it is to turn the heel, even if they're "rated" the same for lateral release. You can even turn bindings applying even torque (by adjusting where your hand is) and they will be different.
Risers are so archaic! Who needs them? With the range of motion of modern AT boots, risers are pointless. Do you wear high heels when hiking uphill on steep trails? Should you? No. That's why you have ankle joints.
Answer is, ehh, no big deal.
But every now & then a little bit extra can help, so the Trofeo 180-degree is a nice plus for those rare occasions, yet with zero weight penalty or other complications.
Otherwise, definitely amusing to pass tourers on regular gear who are constantly switching back & forth between various too-high riser positions...
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