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 to save weight. The well-tested binding is almost mindless to step into and will work just as gracefully with touring boots as it does with carbon race boots. On the heel, the titanium fork and heel flaps are replaceable to keep the binding as fresh in its fifth season as its first. The Black Diamond Helio 110 is the workhorse race binding designed for hard charging performance year after year in less-than-ideal conditions.
- Long toe lever with extra leverage and a roller-bearing make for smooth transitions.
- Monolink Technology 1.0 removed half the springs in the toe piece for weight savings without reducing any system stiffness.
- Toe has a leash attachment and a nook for the tip of your pole to open the wings.
- Heel flap has a tension-adjustment bolt so you can dial-in the stiffness of the flap and adjust for wear.
- Titanium heel-springs are super light and can be replaced if they become worn.
- Optional crampon receptors accept Helio crampons.
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|BSL Adjustment||Optional plate(s)|
|Riser Heights||1 + flat|
|Materials||Aluminum alloy, Titanium|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Racing, touring, race inspired touring|
|Notes||Smooth lever action due to bearing|
|Bottom Line||Light yet strong|
Questions & Reviews
Overall, a very nicely balanced binding, as ATK has kept evolving its race model line over the years with constant refinements (i.e., as opposed to bouncing around from one totally different design to another).
Everything works very smoothly, the release value seems about right for the typical skimo racer, and the toe jaw strength is sufficient not to bother pulling up the lever for typical ascent segments in races.
The only two relatively minor caveats are that the Ti heel pins will eventually get notched (i.e., from your boot heel interface stomping down on them while skiing), and the heel cover can crack (by flipping up vertically then getting crushed by your boot heel when skinning).
The two offsetting factors are that you can get double the life out of the Ti heel pins by flipping them upside down once one side is significantly notched, and the heel cover breakage will be prevented if you pay attention to the heel cover tightness then give the Torx head screw a bit of a turn if ever gets too loose.
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