Tag Archive: free pivot

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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Dec 01 2015

Outlaw NTN updates for 2016

22D's Outlaw. Helping you break the rules.

As a beta binding you expect some failures. Even when manufacturers don’t acknowledge it, like with first year bindings, it isn’t realistic to expect no problems. It’s worth repeating, 22 Design’s transparency with beta status deserves a medal. With any luck, that medal will be evident with a trouble-free launch and healthy sales of what …

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Sep 16 2015

Preview: Moonlight’s Tele Pure binding

CAD drawings of the "final" Tele Pure binding design.

The inclusion of Dynafit-style 2-pin tech toes in a telemark binding, first pioneered as the Telemark Tech System is bringing a wave of enthusiasm and incremental development to the world of telemark bindings. A brief summary of the salient points of each binding made to work with NTN boots was detailed last week in the …

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Sep 07 2015

The Case for NTN Grows

NTN's biggest advocate - Mitch Weber

  As recently as 2013, the reasons to drop the duckbill for a duckbutt were significant, but mostly based on a personal requirement for releaseability. Not all pinheads agree that safety release is paramount, but neither are many of them claiming they might never want release. Few of the non-release advocates have actually lost ligaments …

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May 18 2015

Mammoth shoot out: Outlaw VS Meidjo

Mammoth Mountain.

The rule of Winter ’15 season has been to act fast when fresh snow arrives, otherwise there won’t be much left. A couple of late storms hit the Sierra last week. Though characteristically weak for this season their freshness coincided with fresh updates to 22 Design’s beta version Outlaw, and a host of revisions to …

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