Naxo NX21

    Photo: Mark Wiens

With an alpine-style toe piece, a DIN of 13, and a heel lock to prevent an inadvertent switch to touring mode, the Naxo is ideal for aggressive big-mountain skiers. In touring mode, a smartly designed pivoting mechanism saves you energy by mimicking your natural uphill stride. 4.9 lbs; bcaccess.com

Bonus: Can be used with both AT and traditional alpine boots.

Bummer: It's heavy.

Brand: Naxo $400

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