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 one of the best choices 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 operation and easier servicing.
The toe piece sits on a rotation plate introduced with the ST 2.0, which means a consistent heel-release irrespective of the make of your boots or condition of your toe-fittings. However, the Rotation 10 adds a notched centering device which makes stepping into the toe much, much easier. No longer do you need to lock the toe or look down at your heel to check alignment. A quick flip of the beefy toe lever will switch between uphill and downhill modes.
The heel unit is built around Dynafit’s new Bayonet Lock, which intelligently connects the baseplate and heel housing of the binding into one robust unit. This results in a stiffer and more secure binding platform, while also improving serviceability. The unit features whopping 10mm of longitudinal elasticity which will soak up bumpy terrain and big landings without hesitation. It also makes the release more consistent throughout the flex of the ski. Paired with the rotating toe piece, this creates a tech binding capable of achieving certification at a low-ish weight. Perfect for the skier who enjoys ripping side-country laps and center-punching remote bowls.
- Bayonet Lock creates a secure binding platform that is easily disassembled if needed.
- Rotating toe piece and spring-loaded heel piece will help achieve the elusive TÜV certification.
- Centering device in the toe makes for much easier step-in versus the ST/FT 2.0 series.
- A generous +/- 22.5mm of boot sole adjustment so your jealous friends can also take a lap.
- Aluminum heel internals for corrosion resistance and longevity without a weight penalty.
- Adjustable forward and lateral release values, from 4-10.
Update 2019/20 - The toe lever gets a new paint job!
|Weight (pair)||1216g [90mm]|
||90mm, 105mm, 120mm, 135mm|
||2 + flat|
||Forged aluminum, stainless steel, chromoly steel, high tech synthetic|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Touring, side-country, even resorting|
|Notes||Centering mechanism eases entry.|
|Bottom Line||Knee-friendly backcountry skiing|
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Questions & Reviews
Recently I've toured using the setup with these bindings and one of the bindings released in the walk mode for apparently no reason 4 times. It was the same one all times. I was approaching on a very shallow fire road, close to no incline at all, no excessive load (jus me and some 15 lb. backpack). Is this behavior a known issue or is a result of some mistake I've made? I was pretty sure to have locked the toepiece in the walk mode all 4 times.
I have two pairs of skis with these bindings of different vintage. The older works fine, it the new model (19-20, with black lever and Dynafit written on it) that was acting up. A few days before that I skied on this pair on the resort (and eventually skied down on the day when it was acting up) with no problem.
Does anybody thanks any suggestions? Thanks.
I am sorry this is happening, that has to be frustrating. Without seeing the binding and boot, it is hard to tell what may be going on. My initial impression is that either the toe of your boot is making contact with the lever when striding or there is possibly something causing the toe lever from staying locked when you are touring..
Would you be able to take a few photos and e-mail them into firstname.lastname@example.org? A photo of the binding locked and un-locked, with and without the boot, would be perfect!
I checked the bindings and the bots.
The boots are Scarpa Maestrale RS, and when inserted into the toepiece there is a plenty of room between the boot and the lever.
However, I found out that the lever on one binding does not firmly click into the locked position, it takes just a touch to flip it into skiing mode. The other one seems to lock into the touring position reasonably well.
I think, the problem is that the spring-loaded pin in the lever that retains the lever in the walk position does not fully engage on one of the bindings. I am attaching the close-up photos of the toepieces in the walk mode. The first photo shows the "good toepiece" and the second is the "bad toepiece", you can see that the pins are at different levels. (please let me know if you see both photos, as the reply form show only one). Thanks.
weight: 110 lbs
Ski: atomic bentchetler mini
Skier Type: aggressive
This binding absolutely crushes. I have skied this binding inbounds lots and it had plenty enough power to be able to rip up groomers and take a sustained beating. As for touring, I was pleasantly surprised. I much prefer these brakes compared to other dynafit brakes, the risers are easy to flip with a pole. The rotation in the toe piece is noticeable compared to other dynafit bindings, it does help with pre-release. The guides for the toe make it easy to step into and the lock mode was easy and made a very satisfying clicking noise. My one complaint is that the rotation in the toe piece sometimes made it difficult to clip into the binding. All around this is a great binding.
Glad to hear these bindings have been working well for you! The drill pattern is unique to the Rotation 10/12 so unfortunately you will need to redrill if you decide to go with a lighter binding on the same ski. If you have questions about specific bindings as a replacement please email us at email@example.com. Hope this helps!
#2 What size of breaks for Elan Ripsticks 88?
The 90mm brake width is right for your Ripsticks.
[Update 2/4/20: Also make sure that you are indeed *locking the toe piece* when going into tour mode.]
It will be a T20 hex wrench for the mounting screws. Drill bit choice is determined by the ski and not the binding.
1) The bindings are certified to DIN standards for release.
2) Due to the lateral-heel release, they tend to be better for the knees than alpine bindings (which are not designed to protect your knees as we explained in this article).
3) Because the ST Rotation toe is on a rotating plate, the condition of boot fittings has been essentially removed as a release-variable as compared to standard tech toes.
4) With the "gapless" heel on a spring, the release values stay relatively consistent as the ski is flexed.
Added together, these are the most knee-friendly alpine touring binding.
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