Feb 13 2019

22D issues Tech Bulletin on Lynx v1

The beta Lynx was hardly flawless, but there were no show stoppers. As more people get a chance to ski the Lynx in 2019, things the beta team never found are being uncovered. 22 Designs has issued a technical bulletin to deal with these. Most are notes on the proper care and feeding of the new cat in town. One is a warning worth heeding.

Lynx: the new 2PTN binding from 22 Designs.

Lynx: the new 2PTN binding from 22 Designs.

We have found several issues with the Lynx that can lead to breakage or release, but can be dealt with easily.

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Feb 12 2019

Meidjo mounting tips

If you’re mounting a Meidjo binding yourself, be aware this requires you to drill 13 holes in each ski, and that’s only if you don’t make any mistakes. Sobriety is advised. So is the Carpenter’s Rule.

Looking at what makes the Meidjo tick - for better and for worse - the magic red stub, cocked for tele turns.

Looking at what makes the Meidjo tick – for better and for worse – the magic red stub, cocked for tele turns.


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Feb 07 2019

Review: 22D’s Lynx 2-pin tele binding

Lynx — the long awaited 2-pin tele binding from 22 Designs has arrived. And how!

Cat scratch fever coming to a tele crew near you.

22D’s Lynx has arrived. Cat scratch fever reigns.


Whether you earn your tele turns or not, Lynx has a lot to like. The inherent functionality remains the same as the beta binding — 2-pin toes deliver better edging and unsurpassed touring. An NTN mid-sole connection makes smooth tele turns with instant engagement. Hard to not like that, even if you’re a duckbilled tele zealot. Nearly all the short comings of the beta version are addressed and cleaned up in the production version.

  • New Compression Springs
  • Case-hardened steel pins
  • Stronger 7075 aluminum jaws
  • Stronger, flexible toe bumper
  • Deeper notches in claw mode-switch cam
  • Simpler spring pre-load adjustment

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Jan 27 2019

Review: DPS Phantom — Base Treatment

The dope on wax is Phantom, v 2.0.  Kit includes gloves, pad, cork, 'n brush.

The dope on wax is Phantom, v 2.0. Kit includes gloves, pad, cork, ‘n brush.

The promise of Phantom from DPS sounds too much like a fairy tale to be believed — you never have to wax your skis again and your stick(s) will slide forever like they have been. As with many stereotypes, there is some truth in the pitch, but there are exceptions to the rule. When you read the full description DPS makes clear that Phantom won’t glide as well as the right wax done right, but as Thomas Laakso, VP of marketing at DPS says, “it gives a baseline level of glide that is better than a dry base.”

…Laakso’s claim is understated.

My experience would add some qualifications. For the temperatures you prefer to ski in, Phantom is far better than a dry base, potentially as slick as an unbuffed wax job when the temps are in the teens or twenties. In super cold (near or below 0 F) or sticky wet spring conditions it improves glide, but not dramatically. As with wax, a lot depends on how you attend to the details, especially for the finish. If you’re an avid waxer, you have the tools and know how. If you don’t, pay a pro to do it right.
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Jan 14 2019

Review: The Badass MF from Bishop Bindings

Meet the Fockers: The Badass MF Family.

Meet the Fockers: The Badass MF Family.

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 Mo’ Fo’ – Randonnée, and in the heavy metal genre, the most decadent, or if your superlatives are a shade goth, the most degenerate version and by any objective measure, the most active telemark binding evah! – making its moniker oh so appropo. It’s still the heaviest too.
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Jan 07 2019

Crispi NTN duckbutts come up short!

Crispi sz small NTN sole is approx 2mm shorter than Scarpa TX (same mondo size - 26).

Crispi sz small NTN sole is approx 2mm shorter than Scarpa TX (same mondo size – 26) Photo by SkinnyG.

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 data on how widespread this issue is, but the nature of the problem is clear, out of spec boots from Crispi. While the problem has been noted by both 22 Designs and The M Equipment, apparently new Meidjo v2.1 springbox is slightly different than v2.0 and more prone to exhibiting the mismatch.
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Nov 22 2018

Serial Heelers 2018 tele ‘ddiction

As ski porn goes, the formulas get old but the temptation in the footage keeps the dream of getting away alive. Here’s 15 minutes of powder porn from the dead telemark society — free.

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