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The legendary performance of the Hammerhead, plus a new level of versatility and durability.

Snap into the Twenty-Two Designs Axl Bindings and carve with confidence at the resort and in the backcountry. The Axl gives you the legendary stiffness and adjustability of the Hammerhead and adds a free-pivot backcountry touring mode that allows you to tour longer and with less fatigue.
  • 2000-lb test cables, a one-piece molded scratch plate, and one-piece stainless-steel latch mechanism boost durability
  • Flexes at the boot bellows unlike other designs that give you a feeling of tip-toeing
  • Three cable-guide positions allow you adjust how active the binding is for a customized feel
  • Six-hole mounting pattern is wider and longer than a standard four-hole pattern, which transmits power more efficiently and offers extra-secure attachment to the ski
  • 2.4-inches of smooth compression spring travel mean you won't bottom out, even with hefty boots
  • HammerHeel climbing bars are easy flip up and down with ski pole

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4 5

So far so good

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm limited in my use on these bindings but am crossing my fingers they I will have better luck then those listed below. The bindings are indeed made in the U.S., making warranty's easy to deal with, and they are a bomber design. If your into new school tele skiing, I have not seen a comparable binding on the market. The heavy duty spring kit is a nice option for further adjust-ability as well.

2 5

Major Weakness!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Why would the Empire engineers make a nice round defect just large enough for an X-Wing to blow up the Death Star? Crazy. Just as crazy to me, is that the Axl made it through the prototype stage, full production and release, and is still praised overwhelmingly, despite a massive vulnerability. I know this problem has happened to others, and it seems 22 Designs is aware as well. Got a spanking new T1 here from BC, and the Axl shredded it up. The reason is that the 'flex plate' on this binding is really embarrassing compared to how bomber everything else is. This flimsy red piece of plastic is supposed to protect the cables underneath and keep snow/ice out. All other bindings I know of have a nice FLAT dense piece of clear glass-like plastic screwed in here. But this 'flex plate' is only secured by the metal pin that chooses the activity of the binding; as in position 1-3. Now if you ski with that pin in the front, least active; there is a very good chance that with a lot of deep tele turns this sharp ridge in the front of the flex plate will slice apart the underside of your boot by the 3 pin area near the front. You can see another reviewer below where this happened, I'm sure we're not alone. Furthermore, the whole thing curls up and becomes useless as it is not secured in the back and the black plastic part that is on your heel knocks into it and curls it up. My first T1s lasted 11 years with Targa bindings; no problem. With Axls new T1s were chewed up after being used 3 times!! As always, Back Country was AWESOME and took the boots back under warranty, which is why I will buy gear only from them. Such a shame, as this binding really powers fat skis and the free pivot climbs amazing. Weak engineers must be the conclusion, as this binding is exactly like a great puzzle that comes with one piece missing . A piece of gear can only be judged by its weakest link. Just had a ZEN day on a loaner NTN, lifechanging, so perhaps I should really be thanking 22D

2 5

Axl hated Scapa T1's

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love the binding but it ate up the vibram rubber sole on my Scarpa T1. From the 3 pin holes forward the rubber was destroyed on both boots by the plastic foot plate underneath........twice!!! 22 Designs not helpful. Aware of the problem but unable(read unwilling) to suggest an answer.
I'm off to get another binding. Very disappointing.
Can't use the Axl.

Responded on

Right on, see my review above. I was psyched this was made in the USA, but now I'm afraid that the stereotype of superior European engineering will ooze into my brain. Perhaps T1s should have denser plastic on the lowest part of the sole (no reason for otherwise), but it's mostly on the Axl. I suspect there are lots of people with this binding who would be horrified to look on the sole of their boot, and when that layer falls of, there will be poor power transfer as the duckbill won't fit snug. If I were a merchant I couldn't sell this product with a clear conscious, and if I were in the 22 Designs boardroom I would be making my lawyers aware of this.

5 5

Bomr!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The binding is indestructible. I've skied this at resorts and in the bc since the bindings inception. I am yet to have any problem with them. A little heavy compared to other touring bindings, but if you like to tele with speed you need the stiffness that only 22-designs can provide.

4 5

Axl

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have skied the Hammerheads for years and loved them. My wife skis on the Bombshells. These bindings ski just as well and the Hammerheads and the switch to touring is much easier. My only complaint is the engineering on the red rubber plate that goes under the boot. It has a moulded triangle shaped piece that is suppose to clip into the metal plate below. It does not stay clipped and this makes it very difficult to slide the boot in. I will probably have to shave it off. Also, you will need to have access to a printer to make the template for mounting. I had difficulty printing this as well and had to get the company to send me a PDF attachment to make it work. Considering the price and the mounting instructions printed on a good quality paper, I am confused as to why a simple paper template is not included.

4 5

AXLs...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Took these out about thirty times last year mounted on my fat skis, maybe twenty times skinning and the rest lift served at a pretty steep local spot. Only on soft snow days though. Response and feel is outstanding, did some adjusting of the pin at first, but now it pretty much chills in the rear position. The pin that allows the free pivot of the toe piece for walking got a bit loose after some heavy shred, but was easy enough to retighten with a dab of red locktite and two allen keys. Also a bit on the heavy side, but construction is very stout. I'm a little rough on my gear and I feel confident these will give me a lot of worry free days compared to some lighter bindings I have abused in the past. Overall, very satisfied.

5 5

Excellent, powerful, Made in USA binding

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After doing research of what bindings to use with tour mode, my choice was brought down to 3;
The Black Diamond o1, the 22 designs Axle, and the Voile Switchback . (Hadn't found the g3 Enzo yet)

As I was putting the bindings a pretty wide set of skis (Unleashed hell - 111mm waist 140mm tip), I wanted as much lateral control as possible.

I previously had Black Diamond o1's but agree with other users on the net that indicate there is a fair amount of slop in the hinge, and that the spring cartridges tend to change tension (second is an easy fix with some tape)

When I read that the Axle and the Voile were made in the US, that made me more willing to spend a bit of additional money on them.

Then I found and read the reviews for them at www.earnyourturns.com

The result was me choosing the Axl due to its high turning power markings. I can deal with the slightly lower Touring markings, as a lot of what I do is at a resort (planning on getting out more in the future tho!)

The Axle is a hefty, nice binding. The only drawback i've found to the BD is that it didn't come with a pre-printed mounting template - and the one provided on the internet needed some tweaking to print right on my printer (thank you GIMP/ignore margins/set pixle per inch indicator)

axle: http://www.earnyourturns.com/5222/review-22designs-axl-2011/
o1: http://www.earnyourturns.com/12708/backcountry-binding-review-bd-o1-2012/

Enzo: http://www.earnyourturns.com/13486/backcountry-telemark-binding-g3-enzo/

Switchback: http://www.earnyourturns.com/1700/review11-voile-switchback/

Note - there is not a review for the new version of the switchback.
Also see
http://www.earnyourturns.com/15367/or-report-backcountry-bindings-for-201314/

5 5

gotta get up to get down

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the only telemark binding I will use and here is why:
98% of my time on skis I am in the backcountry
100% of the time I want to have a binding that I am confident will not fail in the field
100% I go up for the fun on the way down
There are a lot of bindings on the market right now that offer a tour mode, but none of them offer such a responsive and active feel as the Axl.
When I tour I am busting my Ass to get to the top so I can have fun on the down. So for me a binding has to perform on the down, not just be a walking machine. Conversely, if I get crushed slogging some stiff overweight setup up the mountain I won't have the legs to ski the line how I want. The answer, well I think it's clearly the Axl.
The toe piece is made out of one solid piece of stainless steel and runs longer than any other telemark binding on the market. What does that mean? well it means that the ball of your foot, where most of your control comes from, is actually being harnessed more, so you have more control over your skis. Also it gives you more lateral rigidity so you can carve better. The spring that run underfoot and the cables that run along side give you the initiation and power that you are looking for to really drive your skis. Also the 3 pivot point options allow the rider to really dial in where the binding flexes to fit their unique style.
I have used these bindings everywhere from brutally cold days in AK to wet heavy BC to the champagne powder of the Wasatch and have never had them fail. Occasionally snow or ice can build up under the toe plate, but taking my pole tip to it for a couple taps does the trick and then I am ready to be locked and loaded. There are no cheesy and unnecessary plastic cover plates that keep you from accessing any mechanical part of the binding so you can always give a few taps and be on with it. The Axl is hands down the rock star of all touring bindings

gotta get up to get down
5 5

Super Bomb Binding

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been through the ringer of tele bindings over the better part of a decade. I've been victim of spring blowouts, frozen tour modes, binding rip-outs and on an on. After such a troubled past, it was difficult to have confidence in making a turn when charging hard or being in sketchy terrain.

The AXL restored my confidence in tele bindings. Unlike competitors, 22 Designs have always had 6 mounting screws from the start, so before I even rode them I began to have a sense of security in my binding. Additionally there is no lag in the mechanics between flexing your boot for the turn and activating the springs, which makes it a super responsive binding. This has been an issue in other brand models for me in the past. The tour mode rocks, easy to use and never freezes - check.

As a side note, I've also spoken with the 22 Designs guys through email and was shocked at how quickly they responded and helped me out. Awesome dudes!

My only gripe, which should be noted, is that they make different sized climbing wires HOWEVER they are not easily interchangeable. They have to be put on while the heel piece is being mounted, there is no easy swap out option, but this doesn't warrant a deduction in their 5 star rating for me.

Bottom line: These bindings ensured the utmost confidence in my riding, are very powerful, and have a burly construction. Two thumbs up!

I'm looking for a solid back country binding...

Posted on

I'm looking for a solid back country binding for my tele skis, and I have always heard great things about the axels and always thought they would be my second pair. But reading some of these reviews makes me want to try out the Voile Switchback X2s. I have been riding the 22 degisn bombshells (female hammerheads) for 2 years and love them at the resort but it sucks adjusting them in the backcountry. I'm a female with a super small boot(size 7) and am just curious which binding would be better to go with?

Responded on

Hi Jen, the 22 Designs Axl Telemark Binding will be super easy to use in the backcountry. You will be able to switch it back and forth between touring modes hands free and the climbing bars will make uphill skinning a breeze. I like this more than the Voile Switchback X2s, however, that's also because I'm really aggressive. I would prefer the Voile's more if I wanted a softer binding. Bottom line is, both bindings will be super easy to use in the backcountry, the Axl is a higher end binding that will give you the stiffness to rip harder and faster. If you liked the bombshells, then get the Axl's.

Responded on

Thanks Reuben, you have made up my mind, the Axl it is. :)

5 5

22 designs

Third season on the axles for more backcountry than resort. Love the binding's power in third position with spiffy springs. why not? You can free pivot on the way up. Do have to say I really loved borrowing my friends vector BC's mounted with Switchback two's the other day. I felt the switchback 2's had very similar power and feel, but the switch over was easier ( from tour to ski), and of course it's a lighter binding. Both american made which I like.
I will say I've got a pretty big repair kit for my axles that I never leave home with out. First off though, I never switch back into ski mode with out taking off the ski and cleaning out the ice or snow build up under the lock mechanism. Locked in, it's bomber, but if you force the bar forward into locked mode with ice present you are risking bending or breaking the attachment point to the lock bar. Not good on a 3-4 day trip...
So. I've broken a heel piece, I've lost the main pivot screw in front of the toe, and the rear transverse bar, the one I think the new crampon will be attached to, broke a spot weld at one end: I've replaced the pivot allen headed bolt with a regular 5/16" hex head bolt, with threads twice as long as the standard cap bolt. I did reassemble with a dot of epoxy, but I also watch it like a hawk.
I've also seen the power pin almost work itself out in use. I bought an extra pin, for that 1,2, or 3rd setting, but because that aforementioned rear most transverse bar which broke spot welds ( happening on both skis, I found), I use 1/4" bolts in the third setting, with double nuts on to keep from loosening and falling off. So I have the bolt tightened down enough to mitigate the transverse bar failure, and I keep the supplied power pin stored in the first hole just in case I need it. I'm using B&D crampons with a lock feature so I don't have to hear any clicking while climbing. The axle changed up my skiing. I love it, but would buy the switchbacks for the next boards.

Responded on

Yes, I have been disappointed with the failure rate of a binding that is marketed as bomber. Seems it just breaks like all other tele bindings. Nonetheless, a good binding by telemark standards. A couple of points of you:
- The "transverse bar" was changed in later production. I had the same issue and 22 Designs rebuilt my binding to latest spec for a hefty fee. Well out of warranty.
- The heel throw has also changed design to attempt to address breakage. I also snapped one. Important tip is to ensure that you are not winding the spring tension too tight. The heel throw should snap into place, but does not need to be any tighter than that. Best to carry a spare, as I am sure you do. Couple of guys called Bluebird Day Gear are prototyping a universal metal heel throw to address this issue. http://instagram.com/bluebirddaygear.
- The Axl crampon is a dog. The tabs that hold it to the binding have bent on both trips I have used it on. Yesterday they bent so bad that the crampon detached. Sounds like you are having more success with the B&D crampon.

4 5

Great Binding

This binding has been great so far. Stiffer and more responsive then my current binding. Also has some great features for backcountry skiing.

If I want an active free-pivoting binding,...

Posted on

If I want an active free-pivoting binding, is this the way to go? Currently skiing the Bombshell but I hate it when skinning up (but I love it on the way down).

Responded on

It's good. I've had some great times touring with it. But like all tele bindings it can break. It is quite heavy. I might consider going for the Voile Switchback X2 for touring.

Hi right now I have the BD o3 and just...

Posted on

Hi right now I have the BD o3 and just hate them and trying to deside between the NTN freedoms and some 22 designs. Any suggestions.

Responded on

Being a fan of cable style tele bindings, as well as American Made products, go with 22 Designs. Plus there is no need to buy new boots!

Power and controll

Power and controll

Posted on

Just mounted up another pair on my new skis wouldn't buy anything else....

5 5

Nailed it again

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just picked up my second pair for another pair of skis. They did a great job of building a bomber binding for charging on any ski then releasing for easy skinning. Makes the bd's laughable...... Have a pair on Rossi s-6 and this new pair on substance skis Sherpa burns....

Nailed it again
4 5

Powerful Tour de force

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't like to give 5 stars unless everything is perfect. However this binding sure comes close. Having skied the HH for years I knew what I was in for power wise.. this binding is even more powerful than the HH!
I just spent 8 days straight of burly touring the Tetons with this mounted via Quiver Killer inserts to some Volkyl Nanatuq's. Much of this trip was sub zero touring in dry powder. I love the free pivot tour mode which makes the binding just like an AT tourer. I didn't like the engagement/disengagement of this mode. Build-up of ice under the toe piece is something you need to stay on top of our the switch becomes jacked up. Not a big deal but something you need to be aware of. All in all a great binding that can use some tweaks to make it even better. Thankfully I don't have to switch to AT like all my buddy geezer skiers have all done!

5 5

Bomber

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are amazing for touring, and inbounds as well. I personally don't feel they are as burly as the Hammerheads but they are very close. I've had BD's and G3's and these are miles ahead of either.

Just bought 188 Megawatts, have Scarpa ECO...

Posted on

Just bought 188 Megawatts, have Scarpa ECO T2 and was thinking of putting 22 Design AXL onboard.... will they be enough ? Should be for the money !

Responded on

Axl's will be great. Consider a pr of T1s or T-races or a stiff spring to maximize the Megawatt.

5 5

simply the best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These bindings do it all, plain and simple. They tour well, ski even better and are BURLY. They have a small ramp angle which helps eliminate rocker launch, made in the US and can also be outfitted with stiffy springs. The stiffy springs help drive larger, fatter skis and make the already active binding, that much more active. I have never broken a pair even weighing 250lbs with gear skinning and skiing on them. If your worried about the price, you shouldn't be, because they will be the last binding you buy.

Responded on

Hard to break, yes but i did manage to rip the whole binding off the ski this fall down in Patagonia. No reason why, talked with the crew at 22 Design and they could not offer a good explanation. Mounted to spec.
Also make sure you carry a spare heel bale, had one break at the top of a run in AK last April.

Responded on

Gotta say Wes I have never seen that happen. I have mounted hundreds of these and if done correctly it is not possible when done correctly. Was your glue good and did you allow it to dry completely? Also using a jig ensures proper screw retention, not going too far, but far enough etc. etc. The heel bail is difficult to properly install, but if done correctly and used normally I have never broken one.

Responded on

Weston it happened a second time in January 2012, and tried a repair with helicoils that also ended up pulling out. Remounted a new pair of ski's and used a different ski service to mount them after a detailed discussion with the tech about the problems I was having. Skied the remainder of the season in the Tordrillo's AK without incident. My take on it was that the ski's that failed were on their second season, and the wood core couldn't muster the strength needed. Currently having a pair of new skis custom made to my specs and built in some metal to strengthen them. Hopefully problem solved, and yes I was told that the skis that failed did have glue and were mounted using a jig (Black Diamond ,SLC).

Responded on

Your skis may have fared better if the folks at black diamond had mounted O1s that they had recently sold to you... I hear they're getting a bit jealous of the driggs guys' magic bindings and maybe were trying to sway you back haha

Responded on

Lots and lots of people have snapped the heel bails. That's why they changed the design. Despite the change, I would still carry a spare and tool to replace. And don't wind up the heel tension tighter than required for the bail to easily snap into place.

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