The Dynafit Vertical FT binding is a burly upgrade to the classic Vertical ST. It adds wider brakes, higher release values, and a torsional rigidity bar connecting the toe and heel pieces. If you want the backcountry binding proven with decades of abuse and are on the larger size or plan to go big, you'll want the FT upgrade. Please note the color varies by brake size, with the 92mm version in black and the 110m version in white.
** Please note this product has been discontinued. Dynafit recommends the Vertical ST or Radical FT or bindings instead **
Vertical FT vs Vertical ST
The FT adds rigidity and higher release values to the ST version, with values up to 12 as compared to 10. It also features wider brakes in the white version. This $100 and 10 gram upgrade will be worth it for aggressive freeriders, larger skiers, and folks with wider skis. Others may not notice the difference and would be perfectly happy on the classic STs.
Vertical FT vs Radical FT
As mentioned in our article Dynafit Radical vs Vertical, the redesigned Radical versions of Dynafit bindings feature a Speed Step climber in the heel, Power Towers in the toe, and a shock absorber in the carbon connector plate. While riser design is a skier preference and useful side impact protection from the Power Towers is infrequent, very aggressive skiers may notice the additional shock absorbtion on big landings with the Radical FT. For most skiers, it comes down to whether you like flippy Speed Step risers or classic rotational design on the Vertical.
|Riser Heights||2 + flat|
|Vertical Release||Adjustable 6-12|
|Lateral Release||6-12 or locked|
|Materials||CrMo & stainless steel, high-strength plastic|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Backcountry freeriding, sidecountry, resort|
|Bottom Line||Beefy binding with classic design|