The patented brakes from Kreuzspitze are cool removable devices that slide into your crampon slot. They are secured by a simple locking switch (included) that is mounted with a single screw under your foot. Take them off when skinning uphill, slide them back on before skiing down. The brakes will retract when you lock your heel into ski mode and deploy when you have a yard sale. Great for visiting resorts which require brakes. Comes in 75mm, 90mm, and 105mm widths that weigh an average of 90 grams (3.2 ounces).
Also available are additional mounts so you can use one set of brakes for multiple sets of skis.
► Note: These brakes are INCOMPATIBLE with bindings that have extended toe plates or connector plates between the toe and heel pieces, e.g. the Radical FT. They are "Compatible" with all race bindings with crampon attachments and touring bindings such as the Speed Radical.
I have Dynafit speed turn and Lange XT boot with alpine sole(not the grip walk), is the crampon will pressed down properly in ski mode? Could you measure how higher when fully pressed, and how far from crampon slot? then I can measure my boot sole gap under the binding to see how it will fit. Thanks in advance!
Hi Liming, I'm not sure if I entirely understand your question but I'll give it my best shot! In ski mode, the top of the contact plate of the Tech Brakes sits about 0.8cm from the surface of the ski, just about flush with the crampon attachment. That puts the front of the contact plate within 0.5cm of the crampon bar. In its deployed/braking state, it's about 2.8cm from the surface of the ski. We don't have any Lange boots in the shop to test with, but I can't see a reason why this wouldn't work with either XT sole.
Hey Steve, thanks for reaching out. These need to be flush with the top-sheet, so if your toe piece is mounted on the shift plate it won't work. You could potentially fabricate an "extender" with a longer bolt to lift the locking mech off the top sheet in order to keep the brakes where they need to be, but just lifted a bit to match the height of the shift plate. In short, no, it won't work with the toe shift plate.
Hey Adam, if it's a true 106mm waist then you're probably good, however there is still potential for it to require bending to get it to fit. For what it's worth, I tried the 105mm brake on a DPS Wailer 106 and found that there was extra room. However, the sidewall shape can effect brake deployment and it may be different on your skis.
We paired these bindings with my wife's Movement Balance skis with Dynafit Superlite 1.0. She uses these skis as her primary resort ski as well as her BC ski. These work extremely well. Very simple and reliable. They are very easy to remove for BC use, and they easily slide into the crampon attachment when she skis at the resort. The "switch" which is mounted to the ski, under the forefoot is easy to use, and looks to be nearly weightless. There is no interference when entering or exiting the binding. Five stars for an ingenious, but simple design which works flawlessly.
Do the brakes also work with Scarpa F1-boots? Normally there would be those black spacers underneath the soles in order to prevent the boot from too much flexing when skiing down. Are the brakes sturdy enough to serve as replacements e.g. in my Dynafit Speed Turn bindings?
Hi Bernard, your Speed Turns have brakes? I would say these aren't quite as beefy as Radical ST/FT brakes, but can certainly stop a ski. As far as the F1, you wouldn't be able to use supports and this brake at the same time, but the brake could offer some support itself.