Kreuzspitze SCTT Binding
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.
- These bindings are well supported with parts and tools.
Update 2020/21: The SCTT was replaced by the RS-A with a redesigned toe piece.
||1 + flat + optional|
||Aluminum, hardened steel, polyeurethane HD, titanium|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Optional heel risers, great flat-on-ski mode|
|Bottom Line||Great touring features on a race binding|
|Compare to other Race Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
Anyone else had toe pin wear problems? Seems like the old Dynafit comforts lasted forever. Perhaps a weaker alloy on this binding?
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?
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.
Where do you attach a leash if you install heel risers?
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.
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."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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