Coul Archive: This review was first published in
Couloir XVIII-4, Dec.’05
We asked for it, and 7tm delivered it. The 7tm Tour is a telemark binding with safety release and a way to switch off tension on our heels for touring like our randonnée brothers and sisters. A simple latch beneath the toe plate allows the 7tm Tour to simply swing on a hinge with not even a squeak of resistance to uphill skinning. Ah, free at last.
While the binding may seem heavier than simpler, non-release bindings, the elimination of over 10-plus pounds of flex resistance every uphill step of the way more than makes up for a few extra ounces that deliver safety and convenience. The latch to switch between touring and downhill modes does require bending over, but what telemark binding doesn’t involve bending over?
Our only gripe is the lack of power in downhill mode. Could a 7tm Power Tour be coming soon? Pretty please with a cherry on top?