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tomPietrowskiLooks pretty interesting. The heel is exactly as I thought. Getting rid of the pins in the heel will remove a lot of fear of tech I think for customers. Most people get the idea of clasping the pins onto the toe but the pin heel scares people I have found. Having an alpine style heel simplifys the whole system. It will also from what I can tell (onenerdykid can you confirm?) accept alpine heel boots that have been converted for the toe So that may open up more boot options. I certainly would like to try a pair.
jensenI have been doing some research on the Kingpin today in hopes of buying it when it comes out in December. What I have gathered is that you need a boot with the tech toe clasp but an alpine style heel. It sounds like a solid option for the freeride touring market.. I have been thinking of getting the Dynafit Beast but now that is this is coming out I am thinking it is a better option. Cheaper and lighter, the Beast has an advantage on higher DIN though.
Earlyups has some good info:
jensenI have been doing some research on the Kingpin today in hopes of buying it when it comes out in December.
tomPietrowski2 options boot wise you can go full tech and just add a small plate to the heel like you do on the beast, or you go for a boot like you say.
BoaxDecember 2015. Just get Beasts now and enjoy.
jensenWhatt?!? Really?? Beasts are like $850. And Tom, any more info how you think they are closer to the radical? Most everything I have been reading compares them directly to the Beast. I am looking for a freeride touring binding that I can efficiently skin up a hill but not be afraid to charge a real line on the way down.
tomPietrowskiYeah it's not a binding for this season but if you work in the industry they will be plenty around that I'm sure you could get your hands on. In terms of the build firstly look at the release values it's only equivalent to a 12-14 din binding. This should straight away indicate that it is not designed to be ridden as hard as the beast. And in terms of the heel it's designed more for simplicity of use and ease of release rather then holding the heel solid like the beast. If you were considering these I would look at the radical 2. They are around this season and will be a good all round tech binding. Or wait a season and compare the markers to the other new tech bindings coming out next season.
CamembertYeah that extra 2 din really makes a difference..?? Just because of that 2 din its no equivalent to the beast? I think its real difference is the lack of any form of safety release in the toes..
And why doesnt this heel hold you down like a beast? Its practically the same as a Jester..plus the beast still works with the pins but with added wider pin things..so what do you think works better? A heel just like an alpine binding (One a lot of people like) or an upgraded old skool pin design?
It will be interesting to see what Salomon and Atomic have waiting for us.. If it doesnt have any form of rotation or safety release in the toes they are idiots..if it has and also has a nice working heel piece they will score a lot of sales..
So far the Skitrab TR2 has the best working new design imo..
jensenWhatt?!? Really?? Beasts are like $850.
BoaxSo you're not "thinking of getting the Dynafit Beast"? Make up your mind pal.
If price is an issue then just get some old Vertical STs, hold back a little, lock out the toes in no-fall zones, and enjoy. You know, like everyone has been doing for over 30 years.
tomPietrowskiYeah it's not a binding for this season but if you work in the industry they will be plenty around that I'm sure you could get your hands on.
jensenI have been doing some continued researcha and everything I see talks about these coming out December 15, 2014. This shop is even taking preorders:
You have any more info about a 2015 release? I really think they'll be out this year...