A more elegant binding for a more civilized age. The ST Rotation is the 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 recently added 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)||1202g [90mm]|
||90, 105, 120, 135|
||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|
|Compare to other Full-featured Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
For a longer answer you can delve into my article on tech binding release. You'll then realize that none of the bindings you mention are optimized for preventing tibia fractures; they do better in the soft tissue (knee) category. For fractures specifically, you'd want to look at lateral toe release binding such as the Shift, Tecton, or TR-1.
I would recommend the 105mm brake width. Generally, brakes can be stretched up to an additional 6mm of width, which means that 2mm will be a cinch. If you have further questions, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org!
The brakes on the Dynafit ST Rotation 10 are integrated into the baseplate, and are not removable.
I contacted dynafit and they said the rotation 10 in 105mm but I’ve heard the 90mm will fit. Is it better to bend the brakes or have the extra width?
I bought a set of demo skis with these bindings mounted on a rental plate. I am curious about the cost/feasibility of swapping out the rental plate on the toe for the normal toe plate, but I can't seem to find just the piece that goes between the spacer and the toe binding (the part that rotates and attaches the binding to the spacer). I know I might have to drill new holes (by my local shop). Is it worth swapping?
Unfortunately, the Rotation Demo toe can't be installed without the demo plate it comes with, and the rotating toe plate onto which the pins and lever attach is not sold individually so if you wanted to use non-demo toes you would need to buy a new pair of whole Rotation toe pieces.
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 email@example.com? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope this helps!
#2 What size of breaks for Elan Ripsticks 88?
The 90mm brake width is right for your Ripsticks.
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