La Sportiva RT

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BEST FOR: Ultralight touring without losing performance.

THE TEST: It doesn’t seem possible that a full-featured touring binding this sturdy—the RT has an aluminum-alloy framework and hardened steel pins—could weigh so little (a little more than a pound per pair). Even more impressive is that the RT comes equipped with some serious safety features, including a lateral and vertical heel-release mechanism built into the baseplate to keep it out of the way.

THE VERDICT: “It’s the sexiest and the lightest,” said one tester, “but it’s gonna cost you.” 19 oz

Tourability: 5
Power: 3

Brand: La Sportiva $750

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