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Kreuzspitze SCTT Binding

Brand: Kreuzspitze
Model: SCTT
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Funny name, serious binding. Kreuzspitze is a small manufacturer that crafts bindings every bit as good as its bigger Italian bretheren. Their flagship binding, the SCTT, features solid steel forks and toe springs that can handle heavy loads without pre-release. They've even snuck in a few innovative options that make the impressive build quality even more attractive. Optional risers can be screwed onto the heel forks and used by rotating the unit 180 degrees. Optional adjustment plates match the drill hole pattern of Dynafit touring bindings so these can be used as drop in replacements without redrilling. All in all, the SCTT is a well designed piece of binding machinery weighing in at 140 grams (4.8 ounces).

  • Built with a mixture of aluminum, hardened steel, polyeurethane HD, and titanium that offers a reliable hold.
  • Smooth operating toe lever features locked and unlocked modes and is ISMF compatible.
  • Additional locking position adds extra hold for boots with worn fittings.
  • Heel rotates for a flat-on-ski mode, which actually works due to the 6mm heel gap.
  • Optional crampon attachments are available though installation at mounting time is required.
  • Optional brakes slide into the crampon slot and make the binding resort friendly.
  • Weighs 140 grams (4.9 ounces) without screws, very competitive with other race bindings.

Random mounting note: The jig for these bindings is awesome. It even has holes for the adjustment plates, which is rare in the tech binding world. These bindings are well supported with parts and tools.

Specifications
Weight
-> ounces
140g
Weight (pair) 280g
Boot Compatibility Tech
Brakes Optional
BSL Adjustment Optional plate(s)
Riser Heights 1 + flat + optional
Vertical Release Fixed
Lateral Release Fixed
Crampon Ready Optional
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials Aluminum, hardened steel, polyeurethane HD, titanium
Skimo Co Says
Usage Touring, racing
Notes Optional heel risers, great flat-on-ski mode
Bottom Line Great touring features on a race binding.
4/1/2018
by Derek (used product regularly)
 
My bindings are pre-releasing when climbing. The toes don't lock out because the locking lever does not engage the binding fully. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm going to "shim" them somehow, because as they are now, they are dangerous when skinning in icy conditions.
4/3/2018
Reply from jbo
 
Hi Derek, there is definitely something wrong as the lever isn't close to touching. It works fine with a new binding and TLT7. Hard to diagnose from here, but note we do have larger "rollers" available as well as past success with shimming the striker plate.
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3/31/2018
by Derek (used product regularly)
 
I'm on season three on these bindings and love them, overall. But this year the toe pins are showing quite a bit of wear after three modest seasons. I am walking out of them now on climbs, especially when side hilling. The toe lock mechanism has never locked or engaged well.

Anyone else had toe pin wear problems? Seems like the old Dynafit comforts lasted forever. Perhaps a weaker alloy on this binding?
4/3/2018
Reply from jbo
 
Hi Derek, we haven't seen issues with the toe pins. Any chance you could e-mail us a photo?
4/7/2018
Reply from Derek W
 
Here you go. Notice the wear on the pins. Makes me wonder if this is why I now need a shim to keep the lockout mechanism working.
4/20/2018
Reply from jbo
 
Hi Derek, that is an unusual amount of wear after only a few seasons. We're working on getting you some new wings. Let us know how many you'd need.
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12/16/2017
Question from Toby W
 
Regarding setting up a leash from the heel, I would love to hear some specifics on the leash system. I tried a very simple system with some elastic type cord (will break if needed to) but it did not work out very well as the whole thing ended up under my boot when in touring mode, going uphill. Works fine going downhill. I have always used a toe attachment which does not have this problem. Any suggestions. Thanks in advance.
12/19/2017
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Toby! Sorry for the slow reply! We've found that, outside of mounting the leash on the heel fork, going underneath the crampon receptor is the best way to do attach a leash. Check out the artwork I've attached. If you are using crampons then the heel fork is your best bet.
12/14/2018
Answer from Toby W
 
I did put the system i the photo together and it works great. I used a paper clip to attach a B&D Leash thru one of the holes in the front lever. A tight squeeze but it works. Then I just twisted the paperclip to the fuse in the leash. I could also have used a connector fisherman use with a specific breaking strength. I found that attaching a leash to the rear binding ends up being a bit of a mess when touring uphill.
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12/20/2016
Question from Chris
 
Howdy,
Just bought the Atomic skis with the Kr. SCTT bindings; arrived in good shape.
I've never used tech bindings before, don't know anyone who has and the instructions say very little (well...nothing) about the heel piece. I figured out the rotation but I'm wondering....for uphilling am I supposed to simply drop the pin protector over the heel pins OR rotate the whole thing 180 degrees and go heel down on the U shaped end of the pins? Also, after skiing on them for a while, if I decided I need the second riser position can I get that separately and is it easy to install?
Thanks,
CR
12/20/2016
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Chris, yes, you just drop the flap over the pins to go uphill. 180 degrees would be for the optional high riser, which is very easy to install, it just bolts onto the U spring. Give us a ring if you want further instruction, thanks!
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11/19/2016
Question from Shawn
 
Looking to buy a set of these bindings but having trouble putting the order together.

Bindings for a. Set qty 1
Crampon attachments qty 1
Heel risers qty 1 (do I need to buy steel forks qty 1?)
Torx mounting screws qty 16
Torx adjustment plate 14mm qty 2
Torx adjustment plate bolt qty 2
Torx adjustment plate nut qty 2

Does this right? Please advise.

11/19/2016
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Shawn, the bindings come with mounting screws and the plates come with all the adjustment hardware. You just need 1x bindings, and optionally 1x crampon attachments and 1x heel risers. Enjoy.
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7/25/2016
Question from Shawn
 
Looks like a leash attaches best to the back forks.
Where do you attach a leash if you install heel risers?
7/26/2016
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Shawn, the heel risers have holes in the sides through which you can thread a cord.
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6/9/2016
Question from joe j
 
If a ski tech only had a dynafit jig could the 18mm heel plate pattern and the toe holes be accurately drilled? Thanks
6/9/2016
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Joe, the toe holes match the older Vertical and Classic series bindings so do match up with some Dynafit jigs. The 18mm plate holes do not match any Dynafit jigs, but the 14mm plates do.
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5/2/2016
by Jim (used product regularly)
 
I've used these 2 seasons now on a pair of rando race skis used primarily for speed touring. They are beautifully made and work flawlessly. The fixed release "setting" has been ideal for me - in touring and a couple days of resort use they've never pre-released (including skiing moguls), but have released on a couple of occasions when needed, including a forward ejection when my skis came to a sudden stop and my body kept going. I am 6'2" and 165 lbs.
The option of a flat setting is nice although seldom needed. I also bought the extra height risers but have never used them (I also tend not to use the high position much on standard touring bindings).
I installed them with the 18mm adjustment plates in the rear, which is great for multiple boots and still results in a nice low ramp angle. The connection between binding and plate has never loosened on me.
I would buy them again.
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1/11/2016
Question from D Berdinka
 
Great sounding reviews. Is this an appropriate binding for touring/ski mountaineering for the non-svelte? At a 175 lbs (and every so slowly gaining each year) I significantly outweigh some of the skiers above. A very rough idea of it's approximate release values might be useful. Thanks so much.
1/11/2016
Answer from Jessie T
 
Hi D, we don't publish the release values since they vary depending on your boot sole length and other factors. We can recommend something for you if you put your data in our binding finder. Thanks.
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1/4/2016
Question from John B
 
Does anybody have a suggestion on how and where to use a ski leash on this binding paired with a Scarpa Alien ski boot? I have as of yet to arrive at a satisfactory solution.
1/4/2016
Answer from jbo
 
Hi John, you can hook the heel fork with a leash.
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4/10/2015
by stephan (used product regularly)
 
as an addition, i can give the information about the release values provided by kreutzspitze founder terragnolo bruno, who wrote to me (todate 2014) it is comparable to DIN 8-9 vertical and lateral.
2/27/2017
Reply from Rando Richard
 
Today, Terragnolo e-mailed me with the following answer: "of course the binding model SCTT does not have an adjustable DIN, we set the internal spring and the length of U spring to have a release force like DIN 10 in both lateral and frontal.
We advise to install the heel with a gap of 6mm from the rear part of the ski boot to obtain the right value of release force.
If you increase this gap (maximum 1mm) you can reduce the release force, but the best solutions is use our adjustable heel model GT."
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4/10/2015
by stephan (used product regularly)
 
i have like 20000 vertical meters on these bindings now, this is my first conclusion. binding has seen any condition possible. i weight in a 68kg (netto) without gear.
i use them on 3 different skis, an 178/88mm steepski, a 178/75mm touring ski, an my 160/65mm training sticks (rando race ski).
i really like the binding.
i primarly decided for this binding for the reason, there is an additional climbing aid ("coppia alzatacchi") wich can be (i did) mounted on the heelpiece fork (wich i think is just ingeniously constructed), not to be found in any other rando race binding. this may not be an issue or a point of interest for racers, but for ski mountaineers for sure is when you have to carry heavy loads.

first, the binding still works without any issues.

second, the screws (binding-to-bindingplate for dynafit tlt speed pattern on the heelpiece) never ever get loose, wich i think is great news, wich i was initially concerned about. i dont use loctite or anything. the same applies for the additionally climbing aid (screwed to the heelpiecefork).

third, the half-step heelpiece cover is (still) very tight. this is good news for recreational use and for training only in my opinion. nothing rattles.

fourth, i never prereleased in downhill mode (unlocked), but i usually go locked all the time.

fifth: screws are VERY reliable and of good quality. i remounted the binding very often this season, and screws still look like never used!

handling issues/problems:

i experienced in very rare cases, that the lockout came off (went to downhill mode) when downhill skiing. like 2 time maybe. i think this is not a big deal, but maybe the lockout should be revisioned in the next binding version to me more strong. on the other hand, the lockout as it is can be very easily handled without force like in dynafit bindings, this is a plus.

when fast traversing and steep kickturning, it occured a few times that the heelpiece rotated. same here, i think, the heelpiece should be a little bit harder to rotate with more force. less comfort then, but maybe accidential rotation will be prevented.

these are very minor issues in my opinion, and i would recommend the binding to anyone, not only rando racers, over expensive recreational skitouring bindings like dynafits radical st. of course, it is more then twice as expensive as a dynafit speed turn, so this is no comparison.

im very glad i decided for the kreuzspitze sctt, and see no reason to give other bindings a try. i think this is the very best wich can be said of a rando binding.
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3/9/2015
by David Miller (used product regularly)
 
This was my first race style binding so I do not have much experience comparing them all. I use them for long range trips in Alaska and Central Asia. This binding is flawless. I use Dynafit cable leashes on the toes, and they work fine. I definitely recommend getting the heel risers and crampons too.
I have added some plum race bindings to my gear room since and can say I much prefer the German engineering to the French. Of note the titanium pins will not work with the heel risers. Buy them with steel unless you are a only going to race. But they do swap out easily with a hammer and drift pin.
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1/31/2015
Question from AMAC
 
Is the hole pattern on the toe pieces the same as for the "classic" Dynafit family of bindings (specifically: Comfort and Tour-Lite-Tech). In other words, can I swap without redrilling? Thank you
2/1/2015
Answer from jbo
 
Hi AMAC, yes the toes can be mounted using the same holes as older Dynafits without redrilling. Note there is no 5th hole so you'd need to plug that.
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11/22/2014
Question from Jham
 
Curious whether there is any semi-reliable spot on the toe for attaching a leash. Hard to tell from the pics...
11/22/2014
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Jham, there isn't a great spot on the toe. Kreuzspitze recommends using the heel fork, after suggesting their brakes of course.
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11/6/2014
Question from Bruno (hasn't used product)
 
I have three questions about this binding. First, when you rotate the heel piece, is there a positive stop at different positions (90 degrees, 180 degrees, and so on)? Second, is there really a flat touring mode? In what position is the heel piece to accommodate flat touring? Last, what is the height in mm of the rear pins? Are they higher or lower than equivalent Dynafit bindings? I am thinking about the angle/ramp/delta of my boot. These look great--thanks.
11/6/2014
Answer from jbo
 
Good questions Bruno. There are four positive stops. 90 degrees in either direction enables flat mode with plenty of room to avoid heel collisions while your ski is flexed. 180 degrees allows you to use the optional riser. Pin height is in the same neighborhood as other race bindings, full details here.
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10/28/2014
Question from Randolph
 
I am curious about the construction of these bindings. How are the steel forks kept in place (i.e. what stops them from sliding back in the heel tower towards then rear of the ski when in ski mode)? I notice that the usual Dynafit style retainer piece that prevents this backwards slide is not visible in the pictures here.
10/28/2014
Answer from jbo
 
Hey Randolph, these use a retainer pin mechanism similar to the Low Tech Race and Plum race bindings. If you punch out the pin, you can replace the fork and you will see there is a groove notched into it that the pin rests in, preventing it from sliding fore and aft.
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10/10/2014
Question from Wanye
 
Is there a release and if so what is the approximate DIN (lateral and vertical) of these and the Trab TR race adjustable bindings?
I am a 130 lb intermediate skier looking for a light binding for touring (likely carrying a full pack and possibly pulling a sled) but want to keep my knees intact during falls.
10/10/2014
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Wayne, yes, the SCTT features both lateral and vertical release mechanisms similar to other tech bindings. The vertical release works by allowing heel pins to be forced apart, letting your boot slide through. The heel tower spins in both directions for a twisting release at the heel, though like most tech bindings is not certified to DIN standards (which were written with lateral toe release in mind). This has some interesting (positive) implications on your knees compared to certified alpine bindings, the basic design of which does not have knees in mind (only tibias). The full bio-mechanical discussion is beyond the scope of this comment, but happy to discuss further via e-mail. Also if you put your vitals into our binding finder we can help steer you towards a release strength that makes sense for you.
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4/24/2014
by Joseph B (used product regularly)
 
I got these a while ago and mounted them on some 174 Dynafit Cho Oyus. GREAT bindings. Super well made and they work as well as I could have hoped. I particularly like the fact that I can use a flat, middle or high rise (with the cool accessory heel risers) heel position for flats and climbing, something that no other AT race binding that I'm aware of will let you do. I also purchased the optional crampon attachment pieces which are works of art, as are the rest of these bindings. So far I haven't found ANY drawbacks, except for learning how to properly pronounce Kreuzspitze in German. Now I even have that mastered!
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