The Dynafit Speed Superlite binding is a patented compromise between lightness and safety. Also known as the Race Adjust binding, the Superlite features the ability to customize lateral and vertical release values while keeping the weight to a minimum. This binding is for those who like to race to the top quickly but don't want to compromise on safety. Checklist highlights are many:
- Adjust lateral and vertical release values with a single screw to customize for your weight and skiing preferences.
- Features the standard Dynafit toe locking mechanism with both skiing and locked modes.
- Additional riser plate versus the Low Tech Race offers a second option for those steep climbs.
- Made with forged aluminum and high-strength plastic to endure the grind of everyday touring.
- Optional adjustment plates can be installed under the toe and heel to give boot sole length flexibility.
- Same 4 hole drill pattern as the Low Tech Race binding toe, though the rear heel screw is further back.
Racers will like this binding for reasons described in our article Dynafit Race Bindings. Non-racers beware, there are a few gotchas that come with such an amazingly light binding. The heel piece has no fore/aft adjustment, so unless you add the optional adjustment plate, make sure to get a precision mount done by a professional to match your boot or you may experience some pre-release. There is also no "flat" riser setting, as the risers drop over the heel pins. The binding is only designed to rotate as part of the release mechanism.
Speed Superlite vs Low Tech Race
Low Tech Racers will have a weight advantage over Superliters of 75 grams (2.6oz) per binding. The Superlites, however, will save you $250 and let you customize the release values for your weight and ability. You could also be standing taller on the steep climbs with an additional riser option.
Speed Superlite vs Speed Radical
Speed Radical users will enjoy the flexibilty of a flat riser setting and a quiver of boots with a full 25mm of fore/aft heel adjustment. They may also brag about the Power Towers in their toe pieces which ease entry and protect from side impacts. But skiers with Superlites might not hear them as they are lugging 161 fewer grams (5.7oz) uphill and are already out of earshot.
|BSL Adjustment||Optional plate(s)|
|Riser Heights||2 (no flat)|
|Vertical Release||Adjustable 5-10|
|Lateral Release||Adjustable 5-10|
|Crampon Ready||Yes (removable)|
|Materials||7075 forged aluminum, high-strength plastic|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Racing, light and fast tours|
|Notes||Adjustable release values|
|Bottom Line||Perfect blend of race weight and safety.|
Questions & Reviews
Your records should show I bought, amongst other stuff, a set of these excellent bindings from Skimo a number of years ago, and then purchased a replacement toe piece last year or the year before (I think it only broke because of poor remounting on a new set of skis).
I see you say you are out of stock now (in fact you told me I was buying the last toe piece you had!) but I would REALLY appreciate if you could let me know where I might source a replacement toe piece, new or secondhand, just to carry as a spare. It is very hard to get this gear in New Zealand and any help would be great. (I know it would not represent a sale but I am already a happy customer and often point people to you from NZ!)
With good wishes at this difficult time. Cheers, Richard.
Please help. Thank you!
Any ideas? Is this wrong crampon for this binding?
hey, I bought the 2014 speed superlight, but can't find a mounting template. Any ideas on where to find one? Thank you
Assuming you aren't dropping cliffs or using this binding inbounds, I find that it offers plenty of performance for fairly aggressive skiing on a relatively large ski (184cm 99mm underfoot dynafit denali). The weight is incredibly low (1/3 of a radical FT) for the amount of performance it provides. I have not yet had a pre-release nor have I crashed and tested its release capabilities (but it is comforting to know it CAN release unlike the low tech race).
I was worried about the lack of a flat tour mode but having high-articulation boots (TLT5 for me) makes it barely noticeable. In fact I find the lower of the 2 touring positions to be wonderful on low-angle skin tracks where the middle setting on a conventional dynafit binding would be a little high. The higher touring position works great on all but the steepest of skin tracks. Not having to ever rotate the heel during any transitions is very nice (just flip the heel lifter up/down and go!)
The extra heel lifter, releasability and $250 savings (and likely greater durability) for a mere 75gram weight penalty over the Low Tech Race makes it a great buy for all but the serious racer.
Only minor downside I have found thus far is the toe lever is harder to lock using your ski poles while standing up (being lazy and not wanting to bend down) than my old Vertical FT toe levers.
Contrary to Patrick's comment about leashes, I was easily able to attach a small, homemade leash to the toe pieces.
I have less than 10 days on these bindings so far so I cannot yet comment on their long-term durability but have not experienced any issues thus far.
Overall this is a great binding that I highly recommend and plan to buy again for my next pair of skis!
The Speed superlight has been a revelation. For one, it's miniscule but yet, for two, it retains releasability and a bit of riser.
I was initially concerned about missing a flat walk mode. Never fear, it wasn't missed, even on longer flat sections. A flexible boot no doubt mitigates this, so you might notice if you're using this with a Factor, say, but that pairing doesn't make much sense anyways.
The extra riser is not as about as high as the middle riser on other models, and that seems to cut it for basically every reasonable purpose with a flexible boot. I leave the high riser 50-degree skintrack to Andrew and company.
I have skied this binding with the toe unlocked, but infrequently. Foolish, as I bought it to be releasable, but here's the catch: the toepiece leaves almost no room for a leash, and I sure do like my skis. I bet I can frig something together with zip ties, but otherwise, you're SOL for leashes.
The price is a bit steep, but you get what you pay for: confidence in a tiny package.
I've seen lots of discussion online about the lack of a flat position in some race-type bindings. Coming from a nordic background, I was a bit worried about this, but it's proved to be a total non-issue. The lower position feels just perfect, for nearly all my skiing. I even skied three or four miles on groomed nordic tracks, and never felt tippy-toed. I hope they don't add a flat position, as it would make it more complex, and probably heavier.
And what about the weight? I find it amusing that they weigh exactly the same as the Rotefella Super Telemark, the classic 3-pin binding that us old-timers used with leather boots and the dreaded Fischer Europa 99ST twenty-five years ago.
Will you sell a six-pack of these bindings at a discount? That's how much I like them.
Background on product familiarity: I have skied the Superlite only a small amount so far this season with the Scarpa Alien 1.0 on the Movement Response-X. Other race and near-race bindings I have used include various Plum models, Sportiva-branded ATK RT, and the Dynafit Low Tech Race.
First, the first impressions out of the box: The innovation is immediately striking. The stripped-down toe unit is identical to the Low Tech Race, but with a plastic toe lever lacking a spring. The heel unit is an intriguing synthesis of race and tour elements.
The toe mounting pattern is identical to regular Dynafit Radical models. The heel pattern has only three screws, very tightly clustered, although noticeably elongated compared to the Low Tech Race. A removable ski crampon attachment is included in the price.
As with full-on race bindings, the heel cover offers a kind of “half-step” elevator position, which is optimal for optimal skin tracks, but feels a bit too low for too-steep skin tracks. Flip down another lever, and you have a higher position – still not quite as high as the first position in a typical touring binding, yet noticeably higher than on any race binding. If you feel the need for more of a differential between the heel elevator positions, I have seen a relatively simple modification to achieve that.
For extended flats, the heel unit will not stay sideways for no elevator at all, but even on race and “near-race” models that rotate for a no-elevator position, I have almost never needed that.
As is also typical of race bindings, the heel > toe “delta” for skiing is very low (more than the Low Tech Race, and about halfway in between the Plum 135/145 and 165, although these are all very similar), which helps with fore-aft balance. (By contrast, more binding “delta” puts almost all skiers more into the backseat – think of where your hips go when hiking down a steep pitch.) The optional fore-aft adjustment plate would increase the heel > toe differentials.
Second impressions, in use: I have never prereleased, although my vertical is very modest so far. The ski crampon clasp is identical to that on Plum race bindings: very minimalistic, but has worked well for me on those binding for lots of steep tricky skinning. And its minimalistic design allows some subtle bending to accommodate variances among different crampon brands.
Although the release values are adjustable, the lateral and forward settings are linked to each other, so you’ll have to compromise if you typically run a higher forward setting than for lateral (as I do). The scale is also very small and hard to read (even by the standards of other Dynafit and “Tech” touring models).
Third impressions, for long-term durability: No personal basis yet for evaluation. I saw a picture of toe frame breakage, but just one instance. The toe frame on my 2013-14 Speed Superlite is slightly thicker around some of the holes as compared to the otherwise identical frame on my 2012-13 Low Tech Race, so perhaps this has been addressed?
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