Ski Mountaineering often takes an individual to isolated peaks far from any established trailheads. To ensure the best chance of success, alpine starts (e.g., getting up waaaay too early) and lightweight gear can be the difference between getting there on time versus fifteen minutes too late and finding the route impassible (which as the kids say, “is a real bummer”). To address the gear variable, Grizzly created the Olympic binding, which is aimed at ski mountaineers seeking the security of an integrated ski brake without any unnecessary weight. And it sure appears that Grizzly nailed it. The judges agree as the Olympic took home an ISPO gold award when launched in 2020. Its aluminum 7075/stainless steel construction lends itself to durability while the intuitive Grizzly Step system helps make getting into the binding less frustrating. Whether you’ve been searching for an ultralight ski mountaineering binding or ISMF compliant race weapon, the Olympic binding will support your aspirations.
- Made with ALU 7075 and stainless steel for durability and high marks on looks.
- Integrated ski brake helps you retrieve your skis during those “uh oh” moments.
- Grizzly Flex system changes the pin width to accommodate most touring boots.
- Swivel heel provides comparable vertical and lateral release values for consistency.
- Grizzly Step system helps to make stepping in more intuitive and smooth like butter.
- Toe piece uses the simple Grizzly Fix locking system which is easy to open and close.
- Choose from three release values (6, 8, 10) when skiing in the unlocked position.
- Optional ski crampon adaptor and adjustment plate allow for customization.
- Fulfills ISMF ski brake requirements for racing to keep you legal.
- Recommended for skis no heavier than 1500 grams.
- Imported from Slovakia.
|Weight (pair)||244g [65-75mm]|
||65-75, 75-85, 85-95|
||6, 8, or 10|
||6, 8, or 10|
||ALU 7075, stainless steel|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Racing in the 2026 Olympics!|
|Notes||Adjustable toe pin width|
|Bottom Line||Ultralight binding with brakes|
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Questions & Reviews
-The design is quite ingenious. I love how simple everything is, the retention has been great and they inspire plenty of confidence at speed.
-They are hard to get in to, even after lots of practice i occasionally have a transition that goes 15 seconds longer than it should while fighting to get in. IMO the design just isn't as easy to get into as traditional tech bindings (only matters if racing).
-The brakes get sticky quite often, I keep trying different lubricants but I often deploy them and they don't go down fully. Maybe if the ski was bouncing down a hill they would deploy (haven't lost a ski yet so I don't know).
-The price is pretty ridiculous esp. when you have to add $45 for ski crampon adapters
-I like that there is no need to switch between ski and climb mode (aka. lock the toes), there is just one mode. It's simple and also ensures you aren't ever skiing in a "locked" mode.
-Overall I'm still quite impressed with them though, it's a beautiful simple design.
While the GR 98 doesn't have a lock/unlock mode, the Olympic actually does! If the brakes are deployed for skiing when you release from the binding the blue bar with Grizzly.Ski printed on it flexes upwards as the toe wings spread apart. When the brakes are locked for uphill, they lay across the blue bar and prevent it from being able to flex up, which notably increases the amount of force required to open up the pins to release the boot.
Also I need to update my prior review. Honestly after racing the PDG on these and doing some big spring days I need to downgrade these to two stars. They are just so darn hard to get into. My trip the other day probably had 20+ transitions and I easily lost 20 seconds on each one of them (compared to a normal binding) in addition to getting hip flexor cramps and wasting energy. As I get more tired it just gets harder and harder to manage them. I can't recommend anyone buy these bindings for racing or going fast. Which begs the question: What is their use case?
I also don't like how the pins don't have slots for cleaning junk out of the boot's pin holes. I feel like I need to do an extra good job of cleaning out the pin holes and a lot of the time when I do finally get clipped in it feels like the pins are floating on ice/junk. To their credit they have never pre-released, but its still not a good feeling. Sorry but I'm super bummed I bought these.
Can I rotate heel 180°? :)
I recently purchased this binding and the brake appears to be getting caught and not engaging the snow when I lift my boot off of the ski. Is there a way to adjust that?
It would be nice to have brakes
Michal, Grizzly Athlete.
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