10/7/2014
Question from Pat
 
Hey there, any problems with using the narrower three screw heel pattern with a wider powder oriented touring ski, say 100-110 underfoot?
10/8/2014
Answer from jbo
 
Hey Pat, we don't have any accounts of problems, but there is probably some limit to the design. Other factors include ski length, construction, skier size, style, etc. For an average skier on a ski with decent binding area strength that width should not be a problem.
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4/2/2014
Question from Thomas
 
Would these be the bindings to put on Dynafit PDG skis: speed superlite?
4/2/2014
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Thomas, those certainly make a decent pairing. I'll send you an e-mail with a few more questions to verify whether it's the right binding for you.
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3/7/2014
by Patrick (used product regularly)
 
I've been a longtime dynafit user of everything from classic tlt speed bindings to the FT12s and radical series. I wanted a binding that was as light as possible, but I was a bit concerned about going all the way to a pure race binding without release functionality.

The Speed superlight has been a revelation. For one, it's miniscule but yet, for two, it retains releasability and a bit of riser.

I was initially concerned about missing a flat walk mode. Never fear, it wasn't missed, even on longer flat sections. A flexible boot no doubt mitigates this, so you might notice if you're using this with a Factor, say, but that pairing doesn't make much sense anyways.

The extra riser is not as about as high as the middle riser on other models, and that seems to cut it for basically every reasonable purpose with a flexible boot. I leave the high riser 50-degree skintrack to Andrew and company.

I have skied this binding with the toe unlocked, but infrequently. Foolish, as I bought it to be releasable, but here's the catch: the toepiece leaves almost no room for a leash, and I sure do like my skis. I bet I can frig something together with zip ties, but otherwise, you're SOL for leashes.

The price is a bit steep, but you get what you pay for: confidence in a tiny package.
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1/18/2014
by dauwhe (used product regularly)
 
Everything you need and nothing you don't. This is nearly the perfect ski binding, as far as I can tell (the only thing I'll complain about is the color). The low delta has been a revelation. I find both the toe and the heel more user-friendly than my other Dynafit bindings (Vertical ST and Speed Classic). No pre-releases. I can still adjust the release values (important for a lightweight, non-agressive skier).

I've seen lots of discussion online about the lack of a flat position in some race-type bindings. Coming from a nordic background, I was a bit worried about this, but it's proved to be a total non-issue. The lower position feels just perfect, for nearly all my skiing. I even skied three or four miles on groomed nordic tracks, and never felt tippy-toed. I hope they don't add a flat position, as it would make it more complex, and probably heavier.

And what about the weight? I find it amusing that they weigh exactly the same as the Rotefella Super Telemark, the classic 3-pin binding that us old-timers used with leather boots and the dreaded Fischer Europa 99ST twenty-five years ago.

Will you sell a six-pack of these bindings at a discount? That's how much I like them.



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11/22/2013
by Jonathan S (used product a few times)
 
Overall: Five Stars for a binding that combines the reduced weight and heel>toe angles of a race binding with the adjustable release and multiple heel elevators of a regular touring binding. Now that La Sportiva is no longer rebranding the ATK RT, the Superlite’s “best-of-both-worlds” combination is unique in North America.

Background on product familiarity: I have skied the Superlite only a small amount so far this season with the Scarpa Alien 1.0 on the Movement Response-X. Other race and near-race bindings I have used include various Plum models, Sportiva-branded ATK RT, and the Dynafit Low Tech Race.

First, the first impressions out of the box: The innovation is immediately striking. The stripped-down toe unit is identical to the Low Tech Race, but with a plastic toe lever lacking a spring. The heel unit is an intriguing synthesis of race and tour elements.

The toe mounting pattern is identical to regular Dynafit Radical models. The heel pattern has only three screws, very tightly clustered, although noticeably elongated compared to the Low Tech Race. A removable ski crampon attachment is included in the price.

As with full-on race bindings, the heel cover offers a kind of “half-step” elevator position, which is optimal for optimal skin tracks, but feels a bit too low for too-steep skin tracks. Flip down another lever, and you have a higher position – still not quite as high as the first position in a typical touring binding, yet noticeably higher than on any race binding. If you feel the need for more of a differential between the heel elevator positions, I have seen a relatively simple modification to achieve that.

For extended flats, the heel unit will not stay sideways for no elevator at all, but even on race and “near-race” models that rotate for a no-elevator position, I have almost never needed that.

As is also typical of race bindings, the heel > toe “delta” for skiing is very low (more than the Low Tech Race, and about halfway in between the Plum 135/145 and 165, although these are all very similar), which helps with fore-aft balance. (By contrast, more binding “delta” puts almost all skiers more into the backseat – think of where your hips go when hiking down a steep pitch.) The optional fore-aft adjustment plate would increase the heel > toe differentials.

Second impressions, in use: I have never prereleased, although my vertical is very modest so far. The ski crampon clasp is identical to that on Plum race bindings: very minimalistic, but has worked well for me on those binding for lots of steep tricky skinning. And its minimalistic design allows some subtle bending to accommodate variances among different crampon brands.

Although the release values are adjustable, the lateral and forward settings are linked to each other, so you’ll have to compromise if you typically run a higher forward setting than for lateral (as I do). The scale is also very small and hard to read (even by the standards of other Dynafit and “Tech” touring models).

Third impressions, for long-term durability: No personal basis yet for evaluation. I saw a picture of toe frame breakage, but just one instance. The toe frame on my 2013-14 Speed Superlite is slightly thicker around some of the holes as compared to the otherwise identical frame on my 2012-13 Low Tech Race, so perhaps this has been addressed?
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