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Ski Trab Titan Vario.2 Binding

Brand: Ski Trab
Model: Ski Trab Titan Vario.2
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The original Ski Trab Titan Vario is spoken of in hushed and reverent tones here at Skimo Co, and the fact that many of our employees ski this binding for ~90% of their days each season is evidence of how much we liked the original version. If the original Titan Vario was the first Toy Story movie, then the Titan Vario.2 binding is Toy Story 2-- the rare sequel that lives up to the high standard set by the original. Since one pin can flex partially open without forcing the other side to open, the Titan toe pieces have an amazing retention profile. The heels received the lion's share of the makeover, and the now-gapless units are offered with three different fixed-release levels in the DIN ranges of 5-7, 7-9, or 9-11. The housing rides on a spring which keeps the release consistent, and the track this heel unit rides on is flexible in order to accomodate ski flex. The Vario.2 has a safety and performance profile heretofore unheard of in this category of lightweight bindings. Aside from an updated heel release mechanism, Ski Trab added a third riser that will be welcome on steep skin tracks or in deep snow-- just rotate the heel 180 degrees and voilĂ , the tall boy is ready to go. Making changes to a product that had such few flaws is a risky game, but in the case of the Ski Trab Titan Vario.2, the gamble paid off big time.

  • A high-strength titanium spring in the toe provides independent clamping on each side, decreasing the chances of pre-release.
  • A short and flexible heel plate keeps the alterations to the flex of the ski at a minimum, preserving safety as well as performance.
  • First heel riser is a race-flap, making it quick to deploy while keeping a higher option available with a simple twist.
  • A fast and simple ski crampon attachment point on the back of the toe unit will feel very familiar to avid backcountry skiers.
  • Gapless heel pin design means the release values remain more consistent throughout the flex of the ski.
  • The titanium spring in the toe piece is durable and simple, with less moving parts than a traditional tech toe piece.
  • Elasticity in both the toe and heel pieces absorbs impact from bumps while offer superior retention characteristics.
  • Optional brakes mounted under the heels feature an innovative anti-friction mechanism that won't interfere with the release.
  • Stepping into the binding is the same as before-- just press down on the toe lever with your pole and step in.
  • The heel plate has a spring inside of it, providing 8mm of elasticity to account for ski flex.
  • Roto-riveted toe pins clean the snow and debris from your boot fittings while you skin.
  • Turn the heel housing 90 degrees for a functional flat mode for those long approaches.
  • With 24mm of heel adjustment along the plate, you can accommodate a quiver of boots.
  • While not adjustable*, three spring strengths are available to accommodate most skiers.

* Contrary to what the listed ranges might imply, this binding does not have adjustable release settings. Uniquely, Ski Trab provides a range of skier chart values that each fixed-spring set is targeting (both the internal lateral springs and the replaceable vertical U-springs vary in tension). The release has been testing towards the high end of the range, so round down if you're on the border (e.g. choose 7-9 if you're a 9).

Specifications
Weight
-> ounces
254g [7-9]
Weight (pair) 508g [7-9]
Boot Compatibility Tech
Brakes Optional 78, 85, or 94mm
BSL Adjustment 24mm
Riser Heights 2 + Flat
Vertical Release 5-7, 7-9 or 9-11
Lateral Release 5-7, 7-9 or 9-11
Crampon Ready Yes
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials Titanium toe bar, Ergal aluminum frame, steel pins
Skimo Co Says
Usage Ski touring, training, mountaineering
Notes Gapless heel keeps the release consistent while the ski is flexing
Bottom Line Quality of release, performance and lightweight unmatched
3/29/2020
by Andy (downright abused product)
 
I tour 100+ days a winter for work. I wanted a binding that skis well, is easy to use, is lightweight, and has a more consistent/reliable release. For a long time, that meant compromising on one or more of those features. The bindings were either light, too stiff, and have release values that change on every turn or they were heavy and awkward. Then I called the skimo.co crew and they introduced me to the Ski Trab Vario 2. A binding that weighs ~500 g for the set and has a consistent release value and is easy to use. It seemed too good to be true but I am happy to report that it is all it claims to be. On the downhills, it skis like bindings 2x its weight. On the uphills, it is smooth and light. I love the Trab toe pieces. Each wing is independent of the other and it holds my toe in perfectly. It took a little getting used to having to hold the binding open while I step in, but it is super easy to do now. Thank you for introducing me to Ski Trab! Now I just have to figure out how to convert all my skis over to Trab bindings...Maybe I will hold a bake sale.
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3/25/2020
Question from Fritz D
 
Can the Titan Vario 2 be used without the adjustment plate, or is that an integrated piece of the binding? Seems like the plate adds a lot of weight, when I compare to the original Titan Vario binding.
3/25/2020
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Fritz, the plate is integral to the function of the binding. It's also an enlarged heel housing that has a 2nd riser, and a toe underplate to correct the ramp angle.
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2/10/2020
Question from Benjamin
 
Could the 94 brake be used on a 98 waist ski? How much do the brakes weigh?
2/12/2020
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Benjamin, there is enough wiggle room in the brakes for that to fit. They weigh in the low 60s in grams per brake, depending on size.
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1/14/2020
Question from Chad M
 
Are you able to find out if there is enough range in the plate to accommodate the boot sole length differences between Scarpa Alien 1.0 and Maestrale, both sized 30?
1/14/2020
Answer from Chad M
 
Ah ha! Looks like it's close, but the answer may be yes: https://skimo.co/boot-sole-lengths
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1/1/2020
Question from Allen
 
is this a U-spring binding or are the heel pins independent and free to rotate?
Thx
1/1/2020
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Allen, it's essentially a U-spring, the pins do not rotate.
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