Beast 16 Bindings

Business is booming in the backcountry. For our 2014 Winter Buyer's Guide, we once again teamed up with Backcountry magazine to run the biggest alpine-touring and telemark-skiing test on the planet. After a long and ar

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BEST FOR: Stomping big backcountry lines.

THE TEST: The first 16-DIN tech binding, the new Beast features a “return to center” toe piece. As you ski, the binding deflects to absorb shock. It’s one of the reasons, safety-wise, alpine-style bindings outperform tech bindings. The Beast also offers just six degrees of ramp angle from heel to toe, which makes for easier lateral movement and less pressure on the quads. 4 lbs.

THE VERDICT: It’s two pounds heavier than a svelte tech binding but still a pound lighter than most freeskiing AT bindings.

TOURABILITY: 3.5

POWER: 5

Brand: Dynafit $1,000
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