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Grizzly GR 98 Binding


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When Grizzly bindings was founded in 2017, their creator, Jozef Gaborik, was on a mission to create some of the lightest bindings in the world that were functional and reliable. Fast forward a few years and their GR 98 binding nails that criteria. Featuring a removable ski brake, the GR 98 complies with the updated ISMF racing rules that require brakes for competition, while still being crazy light. Jozef even sprinkled in some innovations such as the Grizzly Flex system which allows the pin width to be adjusted to ensure perfect boot compatibility. In addition, the adjustable Grizzly Step makes stepping into the binding much easier, which has the benefit of keeping transition times to a minimum while the clock is ticking. If you’ve been seeking a no-compromise ISMF race companion, then cuddle up with the new Grizzly 98 race binding.

  • Unique ski brake is removable so you can strip down to the bare essentials.
  • Grizzly Fix toe locking system is simple and reliable to keep from stressing your hypoxic brain.
  • Grizzly Flex pin adjustment changes toe width, helping to accommodate any touring boot.
  • The swivel heel allows for a defined lateral release and has a simple race flap for uphill.
  • Available in two release strengths that change both the vertical and lateral values.
  • Lifetime warranty on the heel pins as Grizzly is confident they won't wear or break.
  • Fulfills ISMF safety requirements for smooth sailing at check-in.
  • Recommended for race skis only (sub 800 grams).
  • Made with Alu 7075 and stainless steel.
  • Imported from Slovakia.

convert to ounces
102g [65mm]
Weight (pair) 204g[65mm]
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes (mm)   65, 75
BSL Adjustment   Accessory plates
Riser Heights   1
Vertical Release   8 or 10
Lateral Release   8 or 10
Crampon Ready   No
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   ALU 7075, stainless steel
Skimo Co Says
Usage World Cup racing
Notes Adjustable pin width helps with step in for quick transitions on race day
Bottom Line The ultimate race binding with brake
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Lou B
Does the grizzly 98 have a crampon option? I am hoping to repurpose these for a backcountry spring set up and need to have crampons. Thanks.
Answer from jbo
Hi Lou, the GR 98 does not have that option but the Olympic does.
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Lou B (used product a few times)
Entry and exit into these bindings is just not as good or as fast as a traditional toe piece. I practiced and practiced but it never comes close. If not in a hurry they seem to work fine, but why buy 700 dollar bindings if you’re not in a hurry?
They never failed on me and I never crashed hard enough to test the release truly. I had one minimal crash and they stayed on, which was a good thing in the situation. One time the heel piece rotated and released as I tried to quickly get out of them to put on skins. I had to twist it back into place before skinning.
I never experienced flopping of heel mechanism, but if it does happen there does not appear to be any way to tighten it.
I regret buying these. Can’t imagine this company will be around long.
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Question from Lou B
I have been using the GR98 for 3 outings and find them pretty difficult to get into. Granted, I'm not the most flexible person, but getting into them is really frustrating as I have to hold the little tab open with my hand while trying to get my boot into place. I'm so bad at it that I have been tearing by boot up.

Is there an adjustment to make the open setting more open so the boot fits more easily and yet when closed it is still properly tight and safe?
Answer from Emmett I
Hi Lou,
Unfortunately, there isn't an adjustment for that. However, I personally use the Grizzlies and am also not the most flexible person. Eventually, you'll get a feel for where your foot needs to be and just sort of hover your foot in the binding and close it. It can be every bit as fast as a standard race binding, it just takes practice!
Answer from Emmett I
To clarify my previous message, the fixed side of the binding can be adjusted to account for boot variations, though likely not enough to make a noticeable difference when clipping in. There is also their Grizzly Step system, which consists of two screws which can be adjusted to hold your boot at the right height to clip in. I also just posted a video above from Grizzly showing the step-in method.
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Juniper H (used product a few times)
I bought these directly from Grizly for the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse. With the move towards requiring brakes in skimo races, with their light weight, they seemed like a good bet, despite the high price. I mounted the bindings on a brand new ski and trained a handful of days on them; enough to familiarize myself with the setup and develop sufficient slill with the unusual entry and exit.
I never got the brakes to reliably deploy. Worse is that the red heel riser softened up during the GT such that I had to tape it down to keep my heel from locking in while skinning. I tried to find a reliable fix to no avail. I contacted Grizly but they didn't respond. Overall, this is the most expensive and worst binding I've ever used in decades of back country skiing (tele and ATl) Unfortunately I have a direct race mount ( no adjustment plate ) so don't have an obvious clean solution to solve the conundrum. I'm definitely disappointed in the binding failing after perhaps 20 hours of use and wouldn't reccomended them to anyone.
Reply from Lou B
I agree with you. I took the plunge falling for the idea that this side entry would be great. Unfortunately it’s not.
I replaced mine with ATK WC revolution. Holes lined up perfectly. So much better, and cheaper.
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Will McD (used product regularly)
Disclaimer: I have only used the GR98 toe piece on a telemark setup and therefore cannot speak to the efficacy of the heel piece. That said, I am very happy with the toe. I like the lever wing on the toe, with a little practice it is very easy to line up your inserts and engage the toe on your first try every time. As far as retention goes, I could not be more pleased. As I said, I have been telemarking on this toe and have had zero issues with durability or prerelease, despite the lack of a traditional lock-out lever. In fact, I have found the downhill retention more consistent/reliable than the Ski Trab toe or even a locked-out Dynafit Speed Radical toe, which I find quite impressive.

The brakes are frankly not the most functional out there, but they do work with a little TLC. I found that storing the skis with the brakes deployed helps them to keep their springiness, and you can refresh the brake deployment by opening up the base of the rectangular middle part of the brake using a spreader tool or some rigid pliers. I ended up removing my brakes as the rotation of the boot in my tele turn would often re-lock them anyway. I'm not sure that they would stop the ski in icy or hardpack conditions, but I can't say for sure because toe is strong enough that I have yet to release in the field. Either way, they are a super-light way to meet new ISMF brake requirements.
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Andrew R (used product regularly)
This is an interesting binding and personally I'm a big fan of introducing brakes into the race scene. It will be interesting to see how this space innovates as other companies release race bindings with brakes.

The GR98 skis well and feels secure. I'm not a huge fan of the way you get in and out of the binding and the brake system has its moments. The side lock to get in and out of the binding (Grizzly Lock) is interesting. It is different and at first I thought it would just take some time to get used to as every other tech binding uses basically the same system with the same general motion.

In my opinion, it's not as efficient and requires more attention than a typical pin race binding toe piece does. It definitely adds more time. I personally find it fine to get into the binding compared to other race bindings but getting out of it just hasn't been as good. My boots constantly get caught in the front pins after I undo the side lever to try and get my boot out of the bindings. On rare occasions I turn my foot at the perfect angle and it comes out smoothly but that's not a regular occurrence.

The brake system also has its moments. One of my brakes deploys most of the time and the other deploys 50% of time when I take my skis off. The one that deploys 50% of time generally requires a manual flick to get it to work for the day. Ice and snow can build up and keep the brake from engaging as well. I like the overall system and placement for the brake but a brake that doesn't engage everytime without help is kinda pointless.

Overall I would say proceed with caution. It certainly could be user error on the transitions but I spend a lot of time skiing and have spent a good amount of time on these bindings and other more traditional tech bindings. The brake issue is annoying as well. Thankfully haven't had a crash or something that would require the brakes to engage but if that ever happens we will see if both brakes engage or not.
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Question from clarkboulder
What are the differences between the 98 and the olympic? It's not clear. I see release value, removable brake, maybe a crampon difference, and maybe some adjustment bar for boot height (not width) difference. Confirm? Is the Grizzly toe and heel drill pattern shared with ATK? Thanks
Answer from clarkboulder
Oops I see they are same pattern as ATK from your awesome chart. no need to answer that after all.
Answer from jbo
Hi clark, good catch! The differences are:

- The Olympic has well-defined locked and unlocked modes, with the release testing well in downhill mode. The GR98 in contrast is analogous to an auto-lock binding with one mode. It still does release, but this is not its strongest attribute.
- The brake can be removed from the GR98 but not the Olympic as it's incorporated into the release function.
- The GR98 has adjustable under-boot screws to help with step-in.
- The Olympic can accept crampons whereas the GR98 cannot.
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Question from Juniper H
What heel gap do these use? Also, how do you get the boot to sit flat on the ski with the brakes under the boot? ( Bend the brakes?)
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Juniper,

The GR 98 requires a 4mm gap. For future reference, check out our article titled Mind The Heel Gap for a comprehensive list of binding gaps for all of the bindings that we carry. Also, the brakes do not affect the flat uphill mode as this binding does not have one! It can only be used with the race riser. For any further Grizzly binding questions, feel free to reach out to
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Question from Ryan F
I'm considering upgrading to these bindings on my race skis (Ski Trab Lirace). Currently they have Plum 99 bindings. Is there any chance that the toe and/or heel hole pattern would line up?
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Ryan,

You are out of luck on the heels, as the hole patterns are quite different. The toes of the Plum Race 99 and the Grizzly GR 98 have the same width, and are only off on length by .5mm. While far from ideal, reusing holes would potentially work depending on the mounting plates. For more information on hole patterns, check out our article Hole Pattern Recognition.
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