The original Ski Trab Titan Vario is spoken of in hushed and reverent tones here at Skimo Co, and many of our employees ski this binding for ~90% of their days each year. If the original Titan Vario was the first Toy Story movie, then the updated Titan Vario binding is Toy Story 2-- the rare sequel that lives up to the high standard set by the original. This updated model kept the rock-solid toe piece found on the original model. Since the wings don't spring open and operate independently, 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, designed for skiers in the DIN ranges of 5-7, 7-9, or 9-11. The housing rides on a spring, keeping the release consistent and adding energy to your turns. 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 voilà, the tall boy is ready to go. Making changes to a product that had no flaws is a risky game, but in the case of the Ski Trab Titan Vario.2, the gamble paid off big time for you.
* 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).
|Brakes||Optional 78, 85, or 94mm|
|Riser Heights||2 + Flat|
|Vertical Release||5-7, 7-9 or 9-11|
|Lateral Release||5-7, 7-9 or 9-11|
|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|