Running out of grams to shave, Dynafit collaborated with partner Pierre Gignoux for a new hybrid binding design. Combining PG’s silly-light heel pieces with Dynafit’s proven race toes offered a way to drop weight while keeping all the functionality. The heel design integrates better with RC1 boots than previous LTR models with longer heel pins. But the toe piece is the reliable Dyn..
Kudos to Ski Trab for an innovative new race toe! With a patented design that doesn’t require coiled springs, the Gara Titan approaches the 100 gram weight barrier that only recently seemed implausible. With the toe lever angled against your ski, the pins are pressed into the boot for a locked position. As with “traditional” race toes, pressing down on the lever allows the wings to..
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Built for flat-out speed in the most challenging environments, the Black Diamond Helio 110 binding has been stripped down to the essentials for minimized weight with zero fuss. The geometry of the toe piece has been shaped to allow for incredibly smooth, crisp, and powerful wing action. The tech pincers lock onto your boot with authority despite half of the springs being removed t..
When preaching the benefits of lightweight race bindings to your side-country ski buddies, it’s best to avoid showing them your new Ultra binding. As minimalistic as they come, the Hagan pincers don’t instill a ton of confidence in suspicious-folk and you’ll likely be laughed at. Only after skiing such bindings regularly in sticky situations will you come to rely on them like we do..
If “VO2 Max,” “heart rate monitor,” or “I wish I had done more base training” are frequent phrases you utter, then the PDG Binding likely has a place in your quiver. The same technology as the top-end Low Tech Race 2.0, the PDG is Dynafit’s “budget” race and training binding. The same lightweight toe piece found on the fan-favorite Superlite 2.0 and LTR 2.0 is employed here, this t..
Plum invested 5 more grams into the ol’ reliable race 145 binding. The primary return on that investment is a new toe lever that is smoother and easier to operate. Gone are the fiddly-to-mount striker plates that previously decided whether you were in walk mode or ski mode. The new lock-stops are machined into the toe and feel buttery to operate. The lever itself was widened and sm..
The Black Diamond Helio 145 is a rock-solid race binding that can be somewhat tailored to your size and aggressiveness. The binding is offered in three release-value settings and has three riser-heights to match your intended usage. Your choice of one of three predetermined release-values dictate the performance characteristics out of the box. The values are determined by a hidden ..
Kreuzspitze’s bindings are known for their elegantly simple designs and immaculate machining. Sometimes it seems like it would be a shame to ski on them instead of putting them above the fireplace. The SCTTT is Kreuzspitze’s crème de la crème race binding based off the wildly popular SCTT, but with a titanium heel-spring to further reduce the weight. The Italian craftsmen even cons..
Funny name, serious binding. Kreuzspitze is a small manufacturer that crafts bindings every bit as good as its bigger Italian bretheren. Their flagship binding, the SCTT, features solid steel forks and toe springs that can handle heavy loads without pre-release. They've even snuck in a few innovative options that make the impressive build quality even more attractive. Optional rise..
Fischer doesn’t call this the 3.0, but rather the Tour Race Lite. However, after three entirely different versions of the Tour Race Lite, we are here to help you differentiate. The “3.0” is essentially the Dynafit Low Tech Race 2.0, but with a manual locking lever and a lower price. This means the binding is fully ISMF and wallet compliant. The heel piece is Pierre Gignoux’s brain-..
Black Diamond’s line of Helio bindings is exciting and the 180 represents an impressive amount of innovation and versatility, all while staying below the 200g benchmark. First, choose your release value: 6, 8, or 10. Next, feel how simple it is to enter a toe-piece that only has springs on one wing, and feel the smooth operation of the toe-lever as you lock it into uphill mode. The..
By matching an improved heel piece to their newly-patented toe piece, Ski Trab has a completely revamped platform. Calling this a “release” version of the Gara Titan is, however, a bit of a misnomer. The subtle-yet-important changes under the red cover of the heel piece are designed to improve retention, not release. But, the increased elasticity of 43° instills more confidence to ..
The Plum 170 binding is the 150 with a built-in 20mm adjustment plate. If you plan on using more than one boot with your setup, this is the version for you. The re-designed toe pieces feature smooth-operating lock levers that have clear stops for skiing and skinning. The wings are the same design that has stood the test of time. The heel piece has a simple pin-cover flap for uphill..
When we saw the design drawings and early prototypes for the new GT binding, we knew Kreuzspitze was onto something good. As is their style, the small Italian machine shop quietly worked to refine the binding while paying no attention to marketing and associated bombast. The resulting GT is a lightweight masterpiece which adds both lateral and forward release adjustability to a rac..
The perfect binding? The Ski Trab Titan Vario Adjustable has everything you need and nothing you don’t. The patented Trab Titan toes are magnificent. The toe wings are affixed with bomber Titanium and operate independently of each other. This means that opening-force applied to one wing doesn’t also force open the other side. This improves retention when things get bumpy and you’re..
The white version of the Superlite 2.0 is nearly identical to the black, but with lower release values. This makes it great for lighter skiers that don’t need double-digit release values. The lateral release is adjustable between 5-10, while the forward release is a softer fixed spring. The Superlite 2 features optional brakes which slide off and on with ease. It also has 2.5 riser..
The “Race Plus” category is growing neatly. That is, alpine touring ski bindings that are more featureful than race-bindings but more streamlined than traditional touring designs. The Plum Oazo embodies that trend with a slick set of features that have it sitting right at the 200 gram mark (after which you start to feel the weight every step). The sturdy toe is a proven design that..
Smooth! The Black Diamond Helio 200 is feature-packed, fully capable, and fully awesome. It pairs well with everything from skinny skis and race-boots to big skis and four-buckle boots. If you want your ski binding to do a little bit of everything, then this is the one. Adjustable lateral and vertical release values mean you can dial in the system to your size and style. Two smooth..
True to their fashion, Marker is entering a new market (tech-bindings) with great fanfare. The Alpinist binding is focused on weight, ski-ability, and a user-friendly nature that is robust and foolproof. The heel piece sits flush against the heel of your boot and uses a spring-loaded track to keep the release dialed regardless of the flex of a ski throughout a turn or hard landing...
Marker had something impressive brewing in their secret lab: introducing the Marker Alpinist binding. The Alpinist brings release characteristics reserved for heavier bindings to the sub-250g category. The heel piece incorporates a spring-loaded track that keeps the heel piece flush with the heel of the boot, eliminating release-value fluctuation when the ski flexes. That, combined..
Many casual skiers believe that lightweight ski-touring bindings must sacrifice some performance. While we continue to debunk that myth, G3 may have just ended the discussion altogether with the ZED binding. With the proven ION as the foundation, the designers started trimming the fat to minimize mass without compromising ski or release performance.
The ZED is the first “gapless..
When we asked Dynafit team member Benedikt Böhm which binding he uses most, he immediately pointed to the Expedition. Given his casual pastime of skiing 8,000 meter peaks this came as no surprise. The Expedition's durability-to-weight ratio is about as high as they come and the simplicity is tough to beat. The unique rotation-free heel piece is what gives the Expedition its edge. S..
Plum describes the WEPA as a perfect match between the lightness of a race binding and the release-precision of a Guide. This makes it “perfect for vertical junkies who are looking for efficiency”. Sure enough, the Plum WEPA has just the features you want, without the weight of any you don’t. That is, of course, if you want these features and not any others:
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The Dynafit TLT Speed binding excels at a variety of things. Allowing you to focus on the task at hand, rather than fiddling with gear, is its strong suit. An aluminum and composite toe piece strike a fine balance between weight, strength, and durability. The long toe lever and icebreaker pins provide extra toe socket clearing power for accurate binding retention. The heel features..
For some, the only thing the Alpinist binding is missing is pre-installed brakes and a longer adjustment track. Voila, meet the Marker Alpinist Long Travel, complete with a longer heel adjustment track and pre-installed brakes of your choosing.
The Alpinist Long Travel is an ultralight ski-touring binding with the features and reliability you’d expect from a company that has mad..
Cut from the same lean cloth as the Speed binding, the TLT SpeedFit also offers hassle-free performance in a lightweight package. The Speed Fit is built with heavier steel toe-wings and slightly lower release values, but otherwise is the same binding at a lower price. But alas, the SpeedFit is equipped with BSL adjustment, lateral release adjustment, and multiple risers. The heel p..
A pika is a cute mountain rat. The Plum Pika is a cute alpine touring binding. Both are known to thrive at altitude so let’s start by avoiding confusion. Adding this item to your shopping cart will net you beautifully machined ski touring bindings and not a “whistling hare” (pikas often sound a high-pitched alarm when burrowing).
Made in France, the Pika is a lightweight AT bind..
Take a proven design, add higher release values and more adjustability, and you get the Plum Guide binding. Crafted in France with extremely accurate CNC machines, the binding echoes the classic TLT Speed that has proven itself reliable for more than a decade. However by using aerospace grade materials, Plum was able to increase the overall strength and dial up the max release valu..
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With the young Speed Turn already turning 2.0, we officially say goodbye to the Dynafit 5-hole toe pattern. This new iteration of the Speed turn features a simpler toe piece modeled after the Radical toes. With an elongated mounting pattern and forged aluminum and steel construction, the toe is stable and durable. While it is missing the Power Tower step-in guides from the Radical ..
The XS version of the Guide binding is tailored towards lighter skiers. Plum used softer springs to achieve release values appropriate for smaller skiers, but otherwise the binding is just as robust. It is fully featured with multiple risers, locked/unlocked modes, and adjustment for different boot lengths. You can choose from a brakeless version for the best uphill performance, or..
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The Dynafit Speed Radical is the standard by which touring bindings are measured. Evolved from the tried and true TLT Speed, the binding is designed to be safer, easier to use, and support a wider range of boots sizes and release values. The skiability and precision control of the previous incarnation remain intact. If you are looking for a lightweight binding that gives you more a..
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Now you can get your I-on without brakes. After a successful, virtually problem-free, introduction of the ION in 2014/15, G3 is now offering a cornucopia of I-options. The LT 12 version is basically the same impressive platform as the original, just without brakes. Wide toe jaws with snow-clearance channels, bi-directional heel rotation, and release values that range up to 12 still..
If you have surfed deep into the Skimo Co website without feeling out-of-place, chances are the Hagan Ride 10 is what a fully featured binding should look like to you. At a meager 290g per side, the Ride is right there with some of the lighter bindings on the market. What’s really impressive, however, is how much Hagan managed to pack into the binding. The toe-piece is a classic de..
Finally, a decent touring binding for juniors and lighter adults! While many binding manufacturers brag about their bindings going up to 18, Dynafit can brag about this one going down to 2.5 on the DIN scale. This is novel for tech-bindings, and the ST Rotation 7 opens up the lightweight touring world to juniors while also servicing young adults, small women, and even men with a ..
Holy stoppers: the Atomic Backland Tour binding with an innovative brake! Weighing in at a svelte 325g per side, the binding flaunts one of the highest feature-per-gram ratios we’ve seen. It includes all the creature comforts necessary to coax you into doing just one more lap. In addition to all the bullet points from the brakeless version, the Backland Tour + Brake offers five wid..
It’s like skiing on rails. The Hagan Core binding is a powerful, full-featured binding that is amazingly light on the climb. Several nifty innovations make the Core a polished product with excellent skiing and release properties. A patented system lets the heel-pins rotate about a pivot versus travelling on a flat axis like traditional “U” springs. This enables easy step-in with im..
The Salomon Mountain Lab has done it again, this time it’s the MTN binding with a brake. The brake follows the “simpler is better” philosophy, which is a breath of fresh air for a lightweight ski touring binding. The toe and heel unit feature a wide mounting platform, which gives it stout and aggressive performance on wider powder skis, but because of this it will also readily take..
The Plum Yak just got two louder and one blacker. That is, you can crank the release value up to 14 instead of 12 on the original, and it’s now black. The rest remains the same, meaning is the lightest binding for fast skiing on fat skis. The Yak 14 binding has an extra-wide mounting pattern to help with power transfer and reduce the chance of pullout on wide skis. It also has a su..
A more elegant binding for a more civilized age. The ST Rotation is the new DIN certification-ready kid on the block, and it’s now (as of 17/18 season) the best choice for backcountry skiers who want to optimize for knee-protection. It’s a full-featured binding with brakes, multiple risers, and generous adjustability. Dynafit’s latest and greatest also has refinements for smooth op..
After proving the ION could handle abuse by aggressive skiers on big skis, G3 has now introduced a version with release values more appropriate for average folk. The ION 10 is essentially the same award-winning platform as the original version, but tuned for touring instead of freeriding. The ION is notable for eliminating common frustrations with tech-bindings such as toe-wing ici..
Although limited in boot compatibility*, the TR-2 binding is not limited in features and performance. Ski Trab developed a unique heel design that uses downward pressure to maximize steering precision. It also lets you change from ski-mode to walk-mode without exiting the binding; just press down with your pole. At the toe, the wings can open to the side, enabling a twisting releas..
Like it’s little brother, the Dynafit ST Rotation 12 is one of the few tech bindings that has met the elusive DIN standards for release consistency and performance under pressure. This is due in large part to the rotating toe piece from which the Rotation binding gets its name. The gapless heel piece is spring-loaded to reduce any change in release value throughout the flex of the..
Taking a cue from software companies, Dynafit is now appending version numbers to its bindings. We recommend upgrading to the latest version of the Radical ST if it’s compatible with your operating system. The recommendation is due to release and retention improvements that move the tech binding a step closer to its alpine brethren. With 10mm of spring-loaded heel travel and a toe ..
G3 is quietly gaining some impressive expertise with tech bindings. After experiencing moderate success with the uniquely designed Onyx and Ruby bindings, G3 has decided to focus on improving a more familiar design. And improve it they did, with many subtle changes designed to eliminate common frustrations. The small changes add up to a significant jump in overall quality.
Now with DIN! The new version of the Dynafit Radical bindings has recently been certified by TÜV to alpine touring standards for release and retention. This was partially accomplished by the toe piece being mounted on a rotating plate, allowing the release to be more consistent throughout the flex of the ski. The upgraded version also has a redesigned heel piece, with stronger roof..
What good is a junior ski without a junior binding? The Z02 Junior from Hagan has a DIN settings that range from 2 to 7, perfect for those budding backcountry skiers and future skimo racers. Don’t make your kids suffer with heavier bindings while you waltz uphill on lighter kit. Thank you Hagan for freeing our kids from the resort boundaries. Now we just need avalanche awareness ta..
Carbon fiber bindings? “Why not,” says mad boot-scientist Pierre Gignoux, now working with the mad binding-scientists at Dynafit. Designed to work (only) with the RC1 boot, the binding easily wins the weight crown. At 66 grams without screws, it is borderline ridiculous. Operating without springs, entry into the binding requires ramped notches cut into certain boots made by Pierre...
Looking to take your grom out of bounds but not sure if a dedicated touring setup is worth it just yet? Enter the Contour. CAMP made it easy to convert a kids alpine binding and boot to an uphill skiing machine. Clip the adapter into the binding, clip the boot into the adapter, attach the skins and away you go! Once you reach the top just remove the adapter and you are free to enjo..