9/26/2014
 
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 boo...
9/19/2014
 
And here I was thinking that you guys endure excruciating pain only on the up! Seriously though, sounds like we have (or had, in my case) a very similar problem. When I told my boot guy the problem, he took a quick look at the shell and could immediately see how it curves in, almost forming a little shelf. Modifying it while still preserving the exact alignment of the latch bar is definitely the hardest part. Some pictures (of my left boot) here. If you local guy can't do it, then try Greg Hoffmann -- ...
9/19/2014
 
Hard for me to compare the two, since they seem so different to me in so many ways. My Manaslu is the original generation, which continued on until recently as the women’s version (while the men’s/unisex became a bit stiffer). And note that the new 2014-15 version is entirely unrelated (but for the name). I’ve used my Manaslu almost exclusively for backcountry powder. During my one run on a relatively steep groomer, I thought it held fine, but not much of a carver since the sidecut is so straight. By c...
9/15/2014
 
A caveated Five Stars for the Fischer rebranding of the latest tweak of the ATK SL-R World Cup, a race binding that is outrageously light and innovative, even among lots of competition from other light and innovative race bindings. The major caveat for lightweight skiers: the effective lateral release value is at least somewhere in the low double digits (in contrast to a typical high single digits for the competition), and probably ditto for the forward release. The flip side of this caveat is a major b...
9/4/2014
 
Five Stars to B&D for filling a highly valuable niche in Tech binding after-market parts, and to Skimo Co for enhancing the availability. More specifically though, many Dynafit and Tech-bindings are faulted for their relatively high heel > toe delta. The heel pins have to rest above a large spring to control lateral release, along with an adjustment track, yet the toe has no other reason to be anything but directly on top of the ski’s topskin. (For the detailed measurements, see Skimo Co’s “Binding Pin...