2014 Editors’ Choice Awards – Bindings

The future of AT and telemark bindings is here. This year, we tested the first-ever tech telemark binding, plus a tech AT binding with a release value of 16. But that’s not all because this year, brands have introduced more tech and frame bindings than ever before.

Here’s just a teaser of this year’s Editors’ Choice winning AT and telemark bindings. To see the full reviews, and those of 20 more bindings, check out the 2014 Gear Guide. To get your copy, subscribe today.

 

DYNAFIT BEAST

beast
$1,000 – DYNAFIT.COM
RV: 6-16 |WEIGHT/PAIR: 4 lbs.
BRAKES (mm): 105, 120, 135 | CRAMPONS (mm): 90-130 ($75)

+ The sturdiest, best skiing tech binding ever.
- No flat touring position; requires boot retrofit; still not DIN certified.
= One binding to rule the backcountry freeride world.

 

FISCHER ADRENALIN 16

fischer_adrenalin

$550 – FISCHER.COM
WEIGHT/PAIR: 5 lbs. 6 oz. (long) | DIN: 5-16
BRAKES (mm): 88, 97, 115, 130 | CRAMPONS (mm): 90, 105, 120 ($100)

+ Great lateral stiffness and power without a “dead” spot in the ski flex.
- Lighter than some…but still heavy.
= A solid argument for the obsolescence of alpine bindings.

 

SALOMON GUARDIAN WTR 13

guardian
$415 – SALOMON.COM
DIN: 5-13
WEIGHT/PAIR: 6 lbs. 3 oz. (small)
BRAKES (mm): 100, 115

+ Best snow feel and sensitivity in its class.
- Still the heaviest thing since Iron Maiden.
= For short tours, skiing fast and hucking big, it’s tough to beat.

 

MARKERTOUR F12 EPF

tour12
$429 - MARKERUSA.COM
WEIGHT/PAIR: 4 lbs. 12 oz. (small) | DIN: 6-12
BRAKES (mm): 90, 110 | CRAMPONS (mm): 92, 113, 128 ($79)

+ More powerful but still tourable all day—great compromise.
- Mode change system is still annoying and prone to icing.
= The all-in-one platform binding for skiers who don’t need DIN to 16.

BUY IT NOW AT EVO.COM

 

DYNAFIT SPEED RADICAL

speedrad
$400 - DYNAFIT.COM
WEIGHT/PAIR: 1 lbs. 9 oz. | RV: 4-10
CRAMPONS (mm): 92 ($65), 110 ($70)

+ Light, affordable and reliable.
- Not an inbounds binding by any stretch.
= The best value in the backcountry—and it skis great, too.

BUY IT NOW AT EVO.COM

 

OLYMPUS MOUNTAIN GEAR TTS

olympusmountaingear_tts

$399 - OLYMPUSMTNGEAR.COM
WEIGHT/PAIR: 2 lbs.
CRAMPONS (mm): 90 ($75), 102 ($80), 110 ($85), 120 ($95)
OPTIONS: TTS Conversion Kit ($149)

+ Tours better and weighs significantly less than any other telemark binding out there.
- Suits a very specific type of telemark turn.
= If weight savings is your main aim, the TTS is the future of backcountry telemark. And the future is now.

 

SPARK R&D TESLA BINDINGS

SPARKRANDD.COMspark_tesla

AFTERBURNER – $415
SIZES: small, medium, large
WEIGHT/PAIR: 3 lbs. 8 oz. (medium)

BUY IT NOW AT EVO.COM

MAGNETO – $385
SIZES: small, medium, large
WEIGHT/PAIR: 3 lbs. 4 oz. (medium)

BUY IT NOW AT EVO.COM

+ “Ten out of 10.”
- Accessing the short riser first requires engaging the longer riser.
= “The most innovative change in splitboarding since the first Spark binding.”

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I can’t believe you would even rate a binding that cost $1,000 what ajoke what happend to real skiers and reality .Were do u live beverly fucking hills,come back to planet earth

  2. $ 1000.00 Are you kidding I will never ever buy a thousand doLlar biNding

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