The excitement was palpable when we saw the first samples of the ST Touring binding from the high-end Slovenian CNC manufacturer, Slatnar. Wanting to create a high-performing and extremely durable touring binding, Slatnar drew upon their knowledge of producing World Cup and Olympic-winning ski jumping skis and bindings to do just that. Largely composed of aerograde 7075‐T651, the ST Touring binding is built to provide reliability and performance across a wide array of temperature and environmental conditions. This means whether lapping your local powder stash or dropping in from the top of Denali, you can expect consistent and reliable performance. The included adjustable freeride spacer provides excellent power transfer to the ski but can also be removed for weight savings. The heel piece has 6mm of fore/aft heel travel to compensate for ski compression, helping to smooth over rough snow as well as prevent pre-release. The heel risers provide an ample platform for even the worst skin tracks while their magnetic construction ensures they don't accidentally deploy when not needed. Because of its reliability, the SR Touring binding is trusted by the Slovenian Mountain Rescue teams operating in the Slovenian Alps. With its promise of performance, reliability, and durability, the ST Touring binding is a smart choice to bring home.
- 50mm of BSL adjustment accommodates a whole family of boots.
- 6mm of length compensation helps prevent pre-release and smooths over rough snow.
- Burly metal construction is built to withstand the harshest environments.
- Freeride spacer facilitates power transfer to the ski for uncompromising performance on the down.
- Convenient race-style flaps facilitate quick transitions.
- Crampon receptor and freeride spacer can be removed for additional weight savings.
|2 + flat
|Fixed 5-6, 7-8, or 9-10
|Fixed 5-6, 7-8, or 9-10
|Aluminum alloy 7075‐T651, stainless steel, hardened steel, high-strength plastic
|Skimo Co Says
|Has 5-7mm of spring-loaded length compensation
|A burly binding for everyday use
|Compare to other Lean Bindings
Questions & Reviews
So far this is the binding I've always wanted. True forward pressure when the ski is loaded-more connection to ski, stomp pad-more instantaneous direct input/transmission to edges because no twisting of pins, wider mount pattern, all metal and high build quality, reasonably light. Mounting myself, the stomp pad is a bit of a nuisance/extra steps, but that's the limit of the cost to improved performance. The heel flaps have a super smooth and locked in feel, don't feel like they will develop slop like salmon MTN's and the magnets seem stronger than ATKs. The ramp is high, but on par with ATK bindings, I thought I would hate it but I adjusted easily. The toe isn't as aesthetically machined as nicely as ATKs, but it seems more utilitarian and burly and the indent in the toe is thoughtful for releasing with a pole. I was also concerned about the release value as I normally ski release 12 bindings but the highest value on the binding has been sufficient (I'm 6'1 200 lbs). The overall feel and look is very high quality and batmobile esque.
Theoretically, by having true forward pressure (binding is mounted kiss gap and when loaded the rear heel piece does provide forward pressure) in combination with the stomp pad, the binding is going to have the most direct transmission of power to the edge of any lightweight tech binding. I don't think this is super important for narrow skis, but the more wide the ski the more difference you will notice. I normally ski marker alpinists which do have the dampest feel of the lightweights due to the lack of metal, and due to kiss gap mount also provide more transmission power, but this binding provides more, more than ATK raiders because of the actual forward pressure-raiders are mounted with a gap so on wide skis some pressure is going into twisting the pins before being transfered into the stomp pad. Again like my comment about narrow skis, I don't suspect lightweight less aggressive skiers on not wide skis will really notice, but the more aggressive you are and the wider more powerful skis you use, it matters more. Theories aside, the directness of transmission power to the edge of the ski with this binding is superior to any other binding I've used.
Based off thickness of metal, I also suspect it to be more durable than most other offerings. ATK tends to machine their bindings super thin, and I've seen shearing breakages.
I will follow up mid or late season or if I have any issues arise before then.
Also, are you guys able to mount these bindings in the shop? I assume you have a jig or a paper template?
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