The Ski Trab Titan Vario is the pinnacle of performance amongst the race-weight, tech-binding crowd. The toe piece and heel piece are each unique and category-leading. When paired together, they offer an incredible binding that’s capable of being skied harder than anybody thought a sub-200g binding could.
A titanium spring joins the toe-wings and allows them to operate independently of one another. This means the opening force applied to one wing isn’t automatically applied to the other wing like in most traditional toe pieces. This increases retention when skiing bumpy, hard snow so you can feel comfortable pushing harder without the need to lock the toes. The lack of coiled springs also shaves weight while thwarting dangerous ice buildup underneath said springs. This means you have time to take in the view, plot your line, or even eat a few calories while your buddies are still working on clearing the ice from their bindings to ensure proper wing-closure.
The heel pieces appear nondescript but hidden underneath the cap is some pretty impressive hardware that allows the heel piece to rotate 21.5° to either side while applying significant return-to-center force. What this means is you’re able to load the skis up that much harder through rough snow and the heels will continue to snap you back to center while other race heels would have let go. For skiers that ski as hard as they climb, the Titan Vario is without a doubt the binding of choice.
- Three lateral and vertical spring options to fine tune your release values, R8, R10, or R12.
- Independent toe-wing operation and lateral-heel elasticity offer the most reliable light-binding retention on the market.
- Titanium toe spring doesn’t ice up underneath and prevent proper closure, meaning safer skiing.
- Easy Lever 2.0 offers superior switching power for changing modes with a distinct click.
- Steel toe pins with grooves offer ice-breaking power to clear boot fittings for consistent performance.
- Generous flat-on-ski mode is accessible by turning the heel piece 90° for long approaches.
- Discrete leash attachment cables on the toe piece are solid and out of the way until you need them.
- Included Dynafit-compatible crampon receptors are optionally mounted under the toe piece.
Update 2016/17: There are now three versions with differing spring-strengths: R08, R10, R12. Also the toe lever has been lengthened for easier jaw opening (2.0).
Update 2018/19: A radical change: it's now called the "Titan Vario" instead of "Titan Release."
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|Weight (pair)||292g [R10]|
|Brakes||Optional 65, 78, 85, or 94mm|
|Riser Heights||1 + flat|
|Vertical Release||R8, R10, R12|
|Lateral Release||R8, R10, R12|
|Crampon Ready||Yes, removable|
|Materials||Ergal, titanium, steel, plastic|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Noticeably better retention vs other minimalist designs|
|Bottom Line||Safer than your average race binding|
Questions & Reviews
We can send you a template if you want to mount yourself. The Toe uses the same mount pattern as the ATK, BD Helios and Hagan bindings. The heel is unique.
I'm also curious about the potential forward pressure provided by the mounting plate, perhaps an even surfier ride?
Are toe pieces available separately?
I am considering these for my next skitouring setup. I weigh 160lbs, 5feet 11inches, intermediate skier. Which R number should I go for?
How is the hole pattern on theese compared to the Dynafit Speed Superlite (the old, red one)?
I want/need a flat mode - is it possible to swap bindings without compromising too much on the mounting point?
Best regards from Erik, Norway.
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