Tag Archive: free pivot

Oct 06 2014

Telemark Binding Selection Guide (2014)

The Chouinard 3-pin Classic.

  When you’re ready to march to the beat of a different drummer, whether you need a new challenge or your rebel spirit compels you that way, this guide is offered to help you decide what binding to get. When it comes to picking a telemark binding there are many things to consider. Releasability, downhill …

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Feb 25 2014

In Defense of the Duckbill

Stewart Craig shows why tele with duckbills will always be worthy.

  While it is fun to entertain the idea that NTN equipment is offering new possibilities without a duckbill, there are a few of us who still recognize the value of the duck and we’re not all quacks even if you think we are. To the young and inexperienced it is easy to become fascinated …

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Feb 11 2014

Whither goest tele?

T2X offers a mere 9° cuff ROM.

  The word from retailers in 2014 is in stark contrast to the claims of 2-million telemark skiers from SIA. Nobody knows how many active telemark skiers remain, but three things are true: First, there aren’t 2-million or even half a million telemark skiers left in the US, but there are still a couple hundred …

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Jan 06 2014

First Look: Ion – G3′s take 2 on Tech

Ion -

  G3 unveiled their new tech binding to the world today, Ion, to be available next autumn, 2014. More than just a follow up act to the Onyx, their much dismissed first foray in the tech binding world, the Ion addresses shortcomings in the tech binding world that clearly needed a fresh engineering perspective. Until …

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Oct 14 2013

First Look: Dynafit’s Beast 16

Beta version of the Dynafit Beast 16

  The saying goes, “Light is right, but weight is great.” Even Dynafit is acknowledging that with the introduction of their next generation tech binding, the Beast 16. At almost a kilogram per foot (actually only 966 grams or 34 oz.) it is a beast of a binding, especially for a company firmly rooted with …

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Nov 19 2012

Review: Rottefella’s NTN Freedom

Sideview of Rottefella's NTN Freedom binding

At first glance Rottefella’s Freedom binding pretty much rocks. It shares the heritage of NTN’s trademark superb control, both in forward resistance and edge hold, although in the case of the Freedom, less is more ‐ meaning a notch less tele-resistänçe gives a wider sweet spot – mo’ betta’ in deep snow. Depending on the …

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Sep 27 2012

On the fence with NTN for 2012/13

Rottefella's Freedom NTN binding

If safety release, convenient entry and exit from the binding and excellent downhill control are at the top of your list, the Freeride is a good option with inferior but acceptable touring performance. If you don’t need turbo power for turns, with good touring, though not a true free-pivot, Rottefella’s Freedom is the way to go. If you want step-in convenience, don’t need safety release, with solid control and excellent touring, look at NT Spike. If you want Dynafit caliber touring performance and Hammerhead power with catastrophic release capability, TTS is your rig.

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