Backcountry Ski Bindings

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Joe Jackson
Dec 10, 2013

The Best Backcountry Bindings

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.

Jeff Burke, Tyler Cohen, Adam Howard, and Drew Pogge
Oct 21, 2013

Rossignol’s honeycombed tip and tail shed mass where it’s vital—away from your body. As a result, it’s effortless to throw the Soul 7 sideways in the trees or whenever you need to scrub speed.

Jeff Burke
Oct 21, 2013

The 3 Best Telemark Bindings of 2013

You now have two choices when it comes to telemark bindings: 75mm (traditional duckbill) and the newer NTN. The former is favored for its simplicity, lower cost, and greater variety of boot choices, but NTN is vastly more powerful and releasable, and it’s better-suited to driving today’s fattest skis.

Jeff Burke and Drew Pogge
Oct 31, 2012

The 3 Best Alpine Touring Bindings of 2013

Dynafit-style tech bindings, like the Radical and the La Sportiva RT, are the only ones that offer a true free pivot, meaning there’s no hardware attached to your boot heel or sole. They have fewer moving parts, ice up less, and require 15 percent less energy from you than other bindings.

Jeff Burke and Drew Pogge
Oct 31, 2012