After using heavy cross over touring bindings like the Barons and Guardians for the last three season. I wanted to try something a lot lighter but was hesitant on the Radicals cause the minimal design. After going easy on them with small drops and less aggressive turns it gained my confidence quickly. At the end of the season they became my go to setup and was ripping anything from backcountry tours to inbound resort skiing to slack laps out the resort. The best two features with this binding is the lower toe pivot point while touring and the weight. For those looking to seek and destroy powder, look past the heavy cross over bindings and go right to the Radical FT.
*This was the first 'tech' binding I have tried, and to this day, the only. Based on that, this review is more comparing the FT to downhill bindings instead of other tech bindings.*
I have been wanting to give tech bindings a try for a few years now, and moving to Revelstoke where the mountains are big, and the climbs are long finally made me make the switch. At first I was apprehensive about if they would stay on my feet and if they would break. At 6'1", 190lbs and a very aggressive skier, I had my doubts. By the end of the season though, I was dropping pillow lines with no hesitation about if the bindings could hold up. With a DIN up to 12, they aren't going to hold up through everything - being smooth with your skiing will allow you to push them further than you would ever think. Also, due to the nature of tech bindings, a stiffer ski will prevent any unnecessary releases. I have a few friends who use them inbounds, but they aren't as aggressive, nor as tall and heavy - I would never ski to my fullest on these things inbounds, ever. I would also never hit a jump and try to spin with them - straight flips seam to work just fine, but a 360 or the like is just asking for your bindings to release.
As far as the uphill goes - does this really need to be said? These babies were designed for uphill travel. Pivot point is perfect, weight is almost non existent, and the risers work quick and with minimal effort. If I didn't have so much fun on the downhill, these bindings might make me turn into one of those dudes who's all about traverses and shit. If you want to get into ski touring at a level that isn't just slackcountry at your local hill, you really need to take a serious look at these bindings - they will change the way you look at backcountry travel.