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 time with an auto-locking toe lever (which is replaceable if you’d prefer a manual locking lever). The heel piece is a descendent of Pierre Gignoux’s Ultimate, one of the lightest and simplest heel pieces on the market. Replacing the titanium heel pins from the Low Tech Race 2.0 with steel pins raised the weight a negligible five grams while lowering the price tag a non-negligible amount. This, of course, also improves the durability since steel is less susceptible to wear. The Dynafit PDG binding, coming to a podium near you.
Built from Forged 7075 Aerospace Aluminum, carbon, and steel.
Ice-breaker pins on the toe ensure reliable performance no matter the conditions.
Proven toe piece design is lightweight and features an auto-locking toe lever, but is easily replaced with a separately purchased manual locking lever for ISMF compliance.
Symmetrically or asymmetrically matches the PDG 3.0 ski.
I picked up these bindings a couple months ago and mounted them to me race skis (Atomic Ultimate 65 WC 2016 163cm Skis). I've skied a bunch of laps in them and they are super light and easy to use. I have no idea how they would perform for releasing if I bit it hard, but I can say I've had a slow motion wiped out in some schmoo and they didn't pre-release. I haven't actually raced on them yet, but I think they're a great addition to my quiver.
I'm 5'4" 150lbs and I use these on Atomic Ultimate 65 WC 2016 163cm Skis with Atomic Backland Ultimate Boots.
Hey Justin, the PDG (and other race bindings) score high for simplicity and durability but may not be the best choice for general ski touring -- the auto-locking toe means no lateral release. If you are looking for a sub-150g race binding with more functionality for touring, I would check out the Kreuzspitze SCTT or the Ski Trab Gara Titan.
Hey Brian! It's tough to say exactly as it depends on a ton of variables but the short answer is: We have no idea. The PDG binding is new to the US this year so we haven't really been able to put them on our testing machine yet, though by the time we have mounted a few we will be able to have some more concrete data on it. Sorry I don't have a better answer for you!
Any new information on what release value it's comparable with?
Hey Brian. Not yet, sorry. If it's anything like the Low Tech Race then it's high. We've seen 10ish consistently vertically and laterally, but seeing as low as 7 and as high as 12 laterally is not uncommon either.