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
As an option ensure a fit, you can mount the R01 adjustment plate under the heel from ATK or similar compatible plates from Ski Trab, Hagan, or Kreuzspitze.
The heel flap has a curved under belly profile that makes it difficult/slippery to flip up with a pole. I am considering filing it, it would be the cherry on top if it came squared off.
Overall this is a great binding, I have fully chattered on icy groomers at full speed and not pre-released. Zero G pro 28.5, Scott Superguide Freetour 185/105 and Trofeos w/adjustment plate.
No, they are not the sexiest, shiniest thing on the market, but they're affordable, durable, light, and they just plain work. Without the heel adjust plate, they're one of the flatest options around. I didn't think I was particularly sensitive to ramp angle, but after spending a bunch of time on Trofeos, my Trab Titans feel too steep. I really like the flat, low feeling of Trofeos in comparison.
If you're using heavier boots, without a great ROM, the heel riser might feel too low. That's kinda how it goes at this weight range though. I do really appreciate the flat mode for approaches.
On the down, I have definitely been using these bindings outside their recommended objectives, so take this with a grain of salt, as anecdotal internet evidence. But I'm a fairly big dude (6'1", 200lbs) and no one has ever accused me of being graceful. I've been skiing the Trofeo on a 184 cm, 112 underfoot ski, in fun terrain with plenty of small cliffs and pillows, and haven't had any issues with pre-release, even while spinning the occasional 360.
They're simple, they're light, and they feel nice, what more could you ask for? (A higher high riser, that's what I'd ask for!)
My understanding is the rolling pin U-springs will not work with the Trofeo — one needs the specific springs rated 4, 6, 8 or 10.
If there is a way to get on a waiting list (ideally notified when in stock), I would love it.
Thanks! Your shop is literally THE BEST!
Is the internal (lateral) tension the same in all heels? Or does it change depending on the din version you buy? Is the difference just the U spring tension, hence vertical release?
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...
2: the pins in front Position with flap
3: the Pins in the back with a lower Position without the flap
4. Higher Position with flap in front
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