Fresh off of the Lagorai Mountains in Trentino, Italy, where Kreuzspitze tests every one of their new products comes the RS Lady, a delightfully bare-bones race-oriented binding that will replace the venerable SCTTT Lady. The all-business, no-frills heel of the RS Lady is the same as that of the SCTTT Lady: a replaceable titanium U spring with an easy to use race-flap riser atop a pedestal that can rotate in a full circle, snapping into position every 90° degrees for a natural feeling flat-touring mode. Kreuzspitze machining techniques translate to a lower cost binding for you without sacrificing any of the resilience or performance that comes with the Kreuzspitze name. Whether you are stepping in, stepping out, or locking the toe lever into one of two locked positions (for greater boot compatibility), Kreuzspitze's innovative Precision-Fast-Easy toe engagement system delivers stunningly smooth action in the toe piece. The vertical and lateral release values of the RS Lady are 30% lower than that of the Kreuzspitze RS binding, meaning that this is an excellent race or touring binding for lighter or smaller skiers who value simplicity, reliability, and performance. And with a purple flair on the toe lever and heel flap, you will be styling on everyone with your masterfully crafted Kreuzspitze RS Lady bindings.
- Precision-Fast-Easy toe engagement system promises smooth operation of the toe piece.
- Made of Ergal, tempered steel, titanium, and technopolymer for simplistic durability.
- Machined using state-of-the-art CNC techniques creates precision in manufacturing.
- Compatible with optional crampon adapters and removable tech brakes from Kreuzspitze.
- Flat walk mode + a heel flap riser.
- ISMF regulation-compliant.
||1 + flat|
||Ergal, titanium, hardened steel, technopolymer|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Fast touring, skimo racing|
|Notes||30% lower release value than the RS|
|Bottom Line||Excellent race binding for lighter folk|
|Compare to other Race Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
Installing the non-adjustable binding was easier than I expected. I did have to draw up a CAD template and make a feeler gauge, (out of carbon fiber for speed!), for the gap.
On the hill, operation was simple and straightforward. The toes are noticeably smooth and snappy. I prefer the feel of these to my Speed toes. The heel-flat mode is crucial for my uses and worked as expected. Rotating the heel is more fiddly than other bindings just because it's so small. A skinned knuckle early in the day reminded me to be more careful. The single riser is about right for "sane and comfortable" skin tracks, but too low for some of the fall-line tracks I encountered. It was good motivation to set new switchbacks and cruise on past the people slogging straight up.
I've put some thought into leash attachment. The heel piece is simplest and requires no preparation, but could get in the way while skinning. My best thought is to sew a loop of 1/2" flat webbing tight to the crampon adapter slot. I hand-bartacked the webbing with the binding in place and it turned out well. Only adds a third of a gram. For those who use crampons, there is also a hole in the toe lever with clearance for 0.035" wire.
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