Coul Archive: This review was first published in
Couloir XVII-3, Dec.’04
The biggest innovation in telemark bindings this season (’04-’05) comes straight from 7tm and Karhu. We’ve begged for an easily accessible, integrated, free-pivot for telemark touring, and our pleas have finally been heeded. What? The binding releases too? Sweet Mary, the Grail must be near.
When I first got on the 7tm Tour and stretched skin to ski, the initial steps brought one reaction. Smile. Make that a BIG smile. The stride felt so free and easy, much bigger than anything outside the world of AT or splitboarding. The changeover between climb and descend is quick and easy, once you get the hang of using a pole tip to lock and unlock the lever. One potential problem; in the right, er wrong, conditions the lever can get iced up. But it frees up easily by hooking a ski leash to it and pulling it free. If you like to rack up vertical and still want to feel fresh for the downhill, what are you still slogging for? Break trail like a caribou. The answer is here.
For those who put a premium on touring efficiency and smart safety in avalanche terrain, the 7tm Tour is the only choice.