Category Archive: Bindings

Bindings for backcountry skiing and snowboarding

Aug 07 2017

Review: Dynafit Radical 2.0

Dynafit's Radical 2.0 on a rental frame. Erase the rental frame and you

When it comes to the Dynafit Radical 2.0 the current version is almost a no-brainer decision for anyone earning turns who wants to save weight without sacrificing frills like brakes and easy to flip climbing posts. The only feature you need consider is the toe that rotates a few degrees in downhill mode to add …

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Oct 31 2016

Review: Fritschi’s Vipec — Black is beautiful

Fritschi's Vipec is back in black, and its a beautiful binding to behold.

  Whether good or bad, first impressions last and last and last. In the long run, if you can last long enough, weak first impressions can be buried in the glory of redemption. It will take more time to prove but I think it’s time to acknowledge that Fritschi’s Vipec really rocks they way they …

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May 24 2016

Review: 22D’s rebellious Outlaw

First gen flex plates were prone to cracking. Notice the bend at the back wider in the revised version.

22 Designs Outlaw is the first binding licensed by Rottefella to used their patented second heel connection. By adapting the Axl platform to a new connection point they built a winner, a binding with a tour mode that is proven to work reliably and switch modes easily in a steel based package known for durability …

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Apr 12 2016

Overview of next gen tele bindings

Meidjo. Skis great, tours better, but causes "boot jack."

I was really hoping to end this season with a set (or two if they skied similarly) of bindings that I could go into next season with and be confident I had a good setup. I’m pretty close, but I need more time on these setups to have more confidence. And I don’t have two …

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Mar 22 2016

Binding notes from BC Mag’s 2017 Gear Test

Darren Padgett adjusts a Radical 2.0 for size and release settings.

After a week in the trenches wrenching bindings at Backcountry Magazine’s annual Family Camp, also known as their annual Gear Party, er, Test at Powder Mountain, Utah I can tell you a few things about what Alpine Touring bindings were liked, and what were not. Bindings at the test included G3′s Ion, the Dynafit Radical …

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Mar 02 2016

Technique: Keeping Meidjo’s tour mode locked

Fixing the red stub bumper to keep Meidjo in tour mode.

One of the annoying flaws with Meidjo is the occasional tendency for the red function stub to pop over the bumper that it rests against when touring. This causes the entire spring-box assembly to be put into turn mode and will inevitably allow it to hook onto the 2nd heel of the boot. The net …

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Feb 22 2016

First Look: Meidjo’s Low Tech Heel option

Meidjo now offers a low-tech heel for full power parallel turns.

  This year Meidjo offers the option to quickly lock the heel via a low-tech heel. Key to this working in harmony with a telemark binding is the ability for the locking tangs of the heel to retract so they do not interfere with free heel functions. With Meidjo this is achieved by allowing the …

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