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Excellent product for someone looking to enter into some real touring or slack country while still being able to trust their boards on the groomers when needed. Not ideal as an only setup, or for huge hits, but excels in touring mode.
These have excellent torsional rigidity, and while I wouldn't want them for ultra fatties, there's little to no noticeable movement on any skis around the 100mm range. While not intended to be a daily driver, I have ridden these on everything from highspeed groomed hardpack to waist deep with no problems.
Quality, well thought out design like most Swiss gear. No extra crap anywhere it's not needed. The heel lockdown has never insta-tele'd on me thanks to the flexible design. Heel lifters are easy to unlock and adjust on the fly and the 3 different levels make all types of terrain a breeze. The fairly natural walk position doesn't strain the legs on climbs
Well worth the high costs.
Very consistent release on these, and in line with most alpine bindings. The DIN works like it should and I have no problem trusting them to stay on my feet when I need them
Did end up having one mount plate fail where there is slightly too little metal around one of the mount screw holes, but even with the plate broken and flexing like crazy I was able to ski down on them. And BD customer service had no problem replacing it
I love this as a lightweight touring binding with full freeride capabilities including switch skiing.
the only issue i have had with this binding is that it released when i tried to do a nosepick in the mud on the side of happy valley at blue mountain in april....
a great binding!
this was a lightweight touring bindings which took pretty much everything i gave to it. it is good for all levels of skiers, is easy to adjust and performs like traditional, non-touring bindings - even better than some.
it is a good looking binding...
it is a pricey piece of equipment though compared to its competitor the duke by marker, it is reasonably priced. of course, as is common with European wares, you get what you pay for, and if you want quality, you will have to pay for it.
The release on these is like any other freeride binding out there - not at all like most other touring bindings. It releases on a standard DIN setup and has OVERCOME the release problem of previous models where a quick dip used to sometimes cause the binding to release.