12/1/2014
 
Radical toes are, IMO, the standard from which others should be judged. Everything out there seems to be variations of the same thing, with differing spring tension, leverage, and hole patterns, however Dynafit stands alone (to my knowledge) in having side towers. This to me is the best part of building a frankenbinding. Get a heel that suits your purposes and combine it with the best available toes -- at a slight weight penalty over race toes, of course -- for good resistance to lateral jostling that no ot...
12/1/2014
 
I use these bindings as well as the Speed Radical. Upgrading to the radical was inspired, in part, by the fact that the brakes on ST bindings seem to be pretty mediocre, even with mid-fat (90mm) skis. I've had to chase a ski more than once when it glided down despite having the brakes extended. I still use these (ST) for touring with skinnier skis, especially inbounds.
12/1/2014
 
These are fantastic bindings. I upgraded from the Radical ST and have no regrets so far going with these over the brakes. Simple, light, and fully adjustable for both release values and BSL. While so far I have been too paranoid to go without leashes (B&D), this is the norm for Skimo racing. I guess if you're inbounds and not in deep powder, you stand a chance of getting the ski back -- though the number of pieces you'll get may vary. ;)
12/1/2014
 
Replacing the whole baseplate seems like a pain compared with how Dynafit has done things in the past, but it's actually pretty simple. One thing I discovered in doing this is that the heel hole pattern on the standard Radical (+ older Dynafit bindings) is shorter than the "demo" binding. Should be fairly obvious, but somehow I didn't realize I had demo bindings. Also, if you have a quiver of different-length skis, but only one pair of heelpieces, you can leave baseplates mounted to the skis and just switc...