Finally, a decent touring binding for juniors and lighter adults! While many binding manufacturers brag about their bindings going up to 18, Dynafit can brag about this one going down to 2.5 on the release scale. This is novel for tech-bindings, and the ST Rotation 7 opens up the lightweight touring world to juniors while also servicing young adults, small women, and even men with a reliable option. The toe piece is built on a rotating plate which allows for smooth lateral release at low values. As a side benefit, this means Rotation 7 has a lower ramp angle which makes it easier to control shorter skis. Dynafit never forgets usability, of course, so the binding is easy to use. Retract the brakes, spin the heel 90° to tour mode, and now you have access to a proper flat mode as well as two spring-loaded risers. They are big enough that you can use a pole to flip them up/down and don’t have to bend over every time to adjust to the terrain. The Dynafit ST Rotation 7 is the best entry-level tech binding while also being refined enough for wise old skiers to appreciate.
- Hub Centering toe piece auto-aligns for easy step-in.
- Baseplates underneath the toe minimize ramp angle for improved skiing.
- Speed Step risers are easy to flip into place with a pole.
- 22mm of boot-length adjustment encourages lending gear to your friends (if you can trust ‘em!).
- Gliding AFD on the brakes reduces friction for consistent lateral release.
Update 2019/20: Now available with 100mm wide brakes.
|Brakes||82mm, 92mm, 100mm|
|Riser Heights||2 + flat|
|Materials||7075 Aluminum, steel pins, high-strength plastic|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Backcountry groms, wise old skiers|
|Notes||Hub-centering toe makes it easier to step into|
|Bottom Line||Best choice for lightweight backcountry skiers.|
|Compare to other Full-featured Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
They have some elasticity in the toe, and this is noticable (in a good way) vs. older/simpler bindings. For a full on backcountry binding or a 50:50 binding (resort/backcountry), this is a very solid, easy-to-use choice.
Cripple Creek says 4 mm. I've written to them to double check this. I am pretty sure you're right, but it's perhaps worth checking so no do-it-yourselfers get injured.
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