Category Archive: Gear

Jan 14 2019

Review: The Badass MF from Bishop Bindings

BMF-R has all the touring bells - plus weight.

When the Bishop was introduced over a decade ago the telemark world got to experience a true heavy-metal telemark binding. At the time it was certainly the heaviest telemark binding around. Fast forward to the present and Dave Bombard and crew have unleashed the overdue descendent of the Bishop, the BMF-R, which stands for Badass …

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Jan 07 2019

Crispi NTN duckbutts come up short!

The NTN sole length runs along the curve defined by the bottom of the sole (green) from the front of the toe to the back of the second heel, in the center.

It appears there is a problem with NTN boots from Crispi; not all, but enough to give a warning. The second heel might be too small, meaning the distance from the toe-to-the-duckbutt is too short. The result is a loose, or unreliable connection with Meidjo and Outlaw bindings. At this moment there isn’t any reliable …

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Nov 20 2018

Review: Scarpa’s TX-Pro (2017)

Scarpa's burliest NTN boot made for Outlaws or Freerides.

Odds are that if you’re a decent telemark skier, you will love Scarpa’s TX-Pro (2017). The reasons are simple, and with a little investigation and analysis, obvious. The TX-Pro simply nails the peak of the bell curve of what the majority of tele skiers want: a boot that is big enough to deliver plenty of …

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Oct 30 2018

Beta report: 22D’s Lynx 2-pin tele binding

Lynx reclines on the rack after a day of great skiing at Loveland, CO

Last season 22 Designs introduced Lynx, their next generation 2-pin telemark binding. With that introduction the classic beta program was eliminated and 22D took orders in mid-October 2018 for a limited production run of only 500 pair. I was privileged to be one of the beta testers this past season which resulted in some moments …

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Apr 23 2018

2-pin Tele Springs: Size Matters

Determining the limit of heel lift by drawing the intersection of two circles; the radius of the heel throw about the toe pins, and the radius of the stretched cable where the spring is limiting out.

While the effect of cable pivot location tends to dominate the sensation of a tele tech binding, the next strongest binding component of the tele sensation comes from the springs used. To some extent you can trade one for the other; meaning a stiff spring and a forward pivot are somewhat equal to a soft …

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Mar 25 2018

DIY 2-pin tele: Fixing the Cable position

Mixing up a bit.  2-pins by Dynafit, cable block by Fritschi, BD cable assembly, G3 heel post.

Now we get to the crux of building your own DIY 2-pin tele binding — the cable system. Being satisfied with the downhill performance of a tele tech binding is determined by: Position of the cable pivot (distance behind 2-pin line) Connection to the boot (real heel or 2nd heel) Springs used (stiffness and travel …

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Mar 24 2018

DIY 2-pin Tele: Use the Force (Luke)!

Comparing cable positions and angles for Voile's Switchback (red) and 22 Designs' Axl (blue).

Before venturing any further in chronicling tele-tech bindings, it is important to understand the forces at play in a telemark turn. For the average telemarker, this article fits in the too much information category but for do-it-yourselfers, this should prove helpful in determining the critical sweet spot of the cable pivot position. Activity The key …

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