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Telemark is alive and well.
Combining the powerful and smooth-flexing feel of an NTN binding with the burly and reliable design of a 22 Designs build, the Outlaw NTN Binding offers solid and responsive downhill performance with all the benefits you know NTN delivers. Like all 22 Designs bindings, the Outlaw is made in Driggs, Idaho from stainless steel, machined aluminum, and premium plastics, so it's built to take a beating whether you're riding it hard in the resort or taking it deep into the backcountry. The Outlaw also maintains 22 Designs' six-hole mounting pattern to keep the binder securely attached to your ski and reduce the risk of pull outs.
The intuitive design of the Outlaw allows for easy step-ins and exits, while 22 Designs' take on the NTN design delivers instant flex engagement and eliminates any dead space at the heel. A steel spring flex plate keeps the binding's flex on point and a single long spring stays smooth and can be adjusted between five different settings, so you can find that sweet spot to match your turning style. The Outlaw borrows a few features from the tried and true Axl, like the same free-pivot touring mode with 50 degrees of resistance-free touring, and the same spring-loaded climbing bails to help get you up those steep skintracks without whipping your legs. The Outlaw can also release laterally to save your bacon, but release values cannot be guaranteed.
- Easy step-in and exit
- Instant flex engagement
- Free-pivot touring mode
- Spring-loaded climbing bail
- Preload adjustable from 1 to 5
- NTN compatible
- Made in USA
- Optional brakes and stiffy spring kit available
- Item #TTD000A
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I swore I would never get into NTN. The bindings always felt like they were lazy to engage and then there was a point in the loading where it would just dive. The pivot point always felt like I was skiing on my tippy toes and I couldn't drive the ski.
Well, I am here to say the Outlaw has won me over. The adjustable pivot point allows you to make them feel like the hammer head of old. Their springs don't have that dead point and really do instantly engage. These bindings ski like a dream. And the step in and out (which I never really thought I cared much for) is pretty nice.
As for touring, these are hands down a game changer. The free pivot 50 degrees of movement make any skin track feel more comfortable and that's saying something in the Wasatch.
The New NTN Standard
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I got my first taste of the Outlaw a couple months back at the Outdoor Retailer On the Snow Demo Day at Solitude. I skied them mounted on some Volkl Mantras and Moment PB&Js. Let me say I am ecstatic that 22 Designs has entered the NTN game to offer a viable alternative to the Rottefella Freeride and Freedom bindings.
I was immediately impressed with the entry/exit mechanism on the Outlaw which I found infinitely easier to use than any 75 mm binding. No yoga bending required. Once I got them on the snow, the instant flex engagement makes a noticeable difference when switching from one turn to the next. I was able to make quick, nimble turns in moguls and still lay down some big turns on hardpack. I would compare the feel to the old 22 Designs Hammerhead (which I still I have soft spot in my tele-heart for). Plus the Outlaws have the 1 to 5 preload adjustments just like the Hammerheads. Add in the Axl free-pivot tour mode and 6-hole mounting pattern and this binding will be able to drive any ski on the market.
I am slowly switching my quiver over to NTN (mainly for the added safety of releasability) and the Outlaw will be my principle NTN binding. If you have any questions on this binding or anything tele skiing related do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Free your heel, free your mind!
22 Designs Outlaw
After spending a year suffering through the short comings of the "M" Equipment beta binding... I have been delighted with the quality and performance of the Outlaw! Thank you.
Outlaw vs Axl: Different Bindings
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have several days of skiing on some Outlaws (178cm Blizzard 0G 108 + Scarpa TXPro) after skiing on Axls (178cm LaSportiva MegaLo5 + Scarpa T2Eco) for the last three years., and I'm mostly pleased with the differences.
- The touring mode is identical to the Axl, as advertised.
- The binding is mostly metal and looks "bombproof".
- Stepping in works, but requires careful alignment of the "heel" of the boot with the binding, else you'll lock the binding down without your foot in it. (It's still infinitely easier than fiddling with the heel lock on a 75mm binding perched on a steep slope.) Multiple stick-on shims were required to build-up the height under the binding engagement mechanism.
- I have gotten out of the Axls several times while skiing (including once while skiing moguls that was an unpleasant surprise), but I haven't (yet) gotten the Outlaws to release. The Outlaw provides a much more definite connection with the ski to the point where they ski pretty well alpine style, even in deeper snow or in slush.
- The Outlaw requires a different technique than the Axl, and this may just be an NTN vs 75mm thing. The spring tension on the Outlaw kicks in almost immediately after the heel comes off the riser, and that permits a narrower front-to-back stance with quicker lead changes.