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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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.
Enzo comes with a lot of admirable traits that puts G3 back in the game with an up-to-date, easy to operate, high performance tele binding.
Except for weight, all the shortcomings of the Ascent, G3s first foray into the world of free-pivot telemark bindings, are overcome with the Enzo. It is powerful, easy to switch modes, and appears to be as immune to icing up as a backcountry binding can be.
If TTS has significant negative traits with respect to climbing, I did not find any…[but] I will need more days in various snow conditions to adequately assess the downhill chops of the system.
…it will come as no surprise that the Adrenaline takes direct aim at the fast growing and energetic “big mountain” free-ride and sidecountry community — expect tourability with an emphasis on downhill performance, a wide stance for driving today’s wide-ride skis, true step-in ease of entry, and, high maximum DIN settings. Weight-wise, the Adrenalines will be competitive with the Duke and Guardian/Tracker.
To get the total weight under 3½ pounds and keep Rottefella’s touring mechanism — the one first seen on the Cobra Free, now on the NTN Freeride — required to serious rethinking. So Rottefella went back to the drawing board, so to speak.
Enzo appears to be a synthesis of numerous bindings already on the market. … it looks like the G3′s Enzo has a lot to like about it. Easy mode switching, adjustable power and lots of it, plus leagues of theoretical improvement over the Targa Icent for immunity to icing up.
Thankfully Rottefella has not only recognized the importance of touring, but has taken steps to address it. Besides making structural changes to the NTN binding for this season, they also gave it a name. Prior to the Eleven-12 season it was simply known as the NTN binding. But now it has a name, the Freeride, in order to distinguish it from its soon to be introduced sibling, the Freedom, optimized for the tour.
Voile’s Switchback X2 is just what it sounds like, a Switchback on steroids. It expands the range of performance at both ends of the spectrum – turning and touring.
Since being sent photos from Darren Rhalves garage of the new Alpine Touring binding coming from Salomon and Atomic some details could be immediately understood, and a few assumed, but some were missing. When presented with the evidence already made public the Salomon PR folks graciously put me in touch with Cody Townsend, one of [...]