Five Stars to Skimo Co for enabling a price-point skimo race binding setup by offering the a la carte Dynafit Speed Radical toe, combined with either the Plum or Kreuzspitze race heels.
Going into the 2014-15 ski season, "normally" priced skimo race boots are now available from three different brands -- all carried by Skimo Co of course -- and I count at least half a dozen normally priced skimo race ski models carried by Skimo Co.
But no binding company offers an entry-level model along the lines of the boots and skis, i.e., a few more trivial ounces of weight at savings of hundreds of dollars.
Yet buy a pair of Dynafit Speed Radical toes combined with either Plum or Kreuzspitze race heels and your setup will cost as little as the least-expensive touring-oriented binding (yet at noticeable weight savings, and with the "half-step" race-style heel elevator plus very low heel > toe "delta").
Or add some fore-aft adjustment via the Plum 165 or one of the Kreuzspitze plates.
(And if you want to lighten up an already drilled touring setup but hesitate to Swiss Cheese your skis, Kreuzspitze even offers a plate that uses the traditional Dynafit heel pattern.)
My personal experience is with a basic Dynafit touring toe and a Plum 135/145 heel, which has worked out fine, even after almost 184,000' earned vertical.
The lateral release value will also probably be a bit lower, given the somewhat lower retention of a regular touring toe (as compared to a race toe with some combination of heavier pincer springs and/or a spring-loaded toe lever), so this Frankenrace approach is a good idea for lighter-weight skiers.
(Just beware that this violates ISMF regs if you have any World Cup racing ambitions!)
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