Ski Trab has made a splash with their race bindings, offering a proven design at an improved price. Based on recently expired patents on the basic tech binding concept, the TR-Race is compatible with existing boots with tech inserts, using the standard specifications for toe pivots and heel pins. Weighing in at 136 grams (4.8 ounces), the Ski Trab binding has a separate locked mode and ski mode so you are set for the up and down. Locking and unlocking is accomplished with a smooth, easy motion of the toe lever.
- Ergal toe pieces weigh only 80 grams (2.8 ounces) and include slotted, hardened-steel pivots to help clean boot holes during binding entry.
- Ergal heel pieces with steel springs have one simple flap/riser that is used to quickly switch between uphill touring and downhill skiing modes.
- Climbing lever offers the ability to switch between fully locked out and unlocked positions of the toe jaws.
- Comes with optional crampon receptors (4g) that are machined to fit underneath the binding (you have to choose at mounting time).
- Heel pieces rotate 360° effortlessly so you have a flat-on-ski riser option for long flat traverses.
** Please note that this binding is not adjustable forward and backward, so a precise mount to your boot is required. For more flexibliity with mounts and boot sizes, see the Race Adjustable binding. Also note that this year's version is black as seen in the second image.
|Riser Heights||1 + flat|
|Lateral Release||Fixed or locked|
|Crampon Ready||Yes (removable)|
|Materials||Ergal hardened steel|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Skimo racing, speed touring|
|Notes||Boot cleaning toe pivots|
|Bottom Line||Proven design at a great price|
|Compare to other Race Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
The toe piece is fine except for the locking lever which is just a little poorly thought out. You have to manually lock it in the "unlocked" position or it kind of just flaps around. The locking interface seems to be between the aluminum (I think) lever and a plastic (I think) locking plate with graduated positions much like the Dynafit Speed Radical in concept. It seems OK but a simple "lock/unlock" design that required minimal fiddling would have been even better. Of course, the ability to lock/unlock the toe seems to be a desired safety measure even though I usually just leave them locked all the time. If you ski with them locked all the time, the Dynafit Low Tech toe is easier to use.
This is my 2nd set of race bindings. I have (and still use) some Dynafit Low Techs which have been through the wringer and I also have Speed Radicals that get used a good bit too.
Bottom line, Id probably buy these again just for the buttery smooth heel. That is really nice and nothing is perfect!
This is my first true race binding and i have been pleasantly surprised. Super light and perform as intended with no problems to speak of.
I appreciate the flat and riser mode options but honestly havent used the flat yet (sounds common not to on such a light setup with good boot articulation).
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