All the features, less of the weight (and ramp angle)! That’s the goal with the Kreuzspitze EL binding. It has fully adjustable lateral and forward release, multiple riser options (including flat), and adjustment for different boot sizes. All this for less than 9 ounces! Also, its heel pins are lower than competing models, so you’ll experience less quadriceps-fatigue (especially those with shorter feet). The toe piece is a simple, proven design with a sturdy construction and locked/unlocked modes actuated by a polymer lever. The heel piece borrows from the GT design, with a basic U-spring that slides in and out of pin-collars for forward-release adjustment. If you want to skimp on weight but not features, get your EL on!
- Forward release adjustment ranges from 5-10 to fit a wide range of skiers.
- Lateral release changes just as easily with a turn of a screw, from 5-9.
- Heel rides on a track that offers 24mm of Boot Sole Length (BSL) adjustment.
- Included riser adds an option for steep skin tracks or can be left off to save weight.
- Locked and unlocked toe lever positions cover you for uphill and downhill.
- Included receptors accept Dynafit-style ski crampons that slide in from the side.
- Competitive pricing makes this lightweight, full-featured binding even more attractive.
|Riser Heights||2 + Flat|
|Materials||Aluminum, tempered steel, titanium, polymer|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Ski touring, mountaineering|
|Notes||Matches Dynafit Radical mounting pattern|
|Bottom Line||The one, the only?|
|Compare to other Lean Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
Seeing different answers to that in the specs and the mfr website vs. here in the Q & A. Thanks!
What I can tell you about the EL is that it's a very lightweight, straightforward binding. It's best to think of it as a trimmed down Dynafit Speed Turn 2.0 in many ways. If that kind of binding appeals to you, you will likely find yourself happy with this binding.
The Zed is going to be a first generation binding with all that comes with it. It appears to be very solid and well thought out from the beginning, but there's no way that I or anyone else can guarantee it won't have some unforeseen problem at this date.
The Trab bindings are beautifully simple, but some people find their toe mechanism fussy as well. I personally really like and trust the Trab bindings. For me, the toe is an easy thing to get used to.
The Backland binding is a solid binding and it's received a lot of praise this season as well. It's a bit heavier than most other bindings with limited release adjustment, but lighter than most bindings with as many features.
I would strongly suggest that you make this choice based upon which specs and features you value the most. All of the bindings you are discussing are quite good.
There are a ton of amazing bindings on the market.
Earn store credit by writing reviews. Learn more.