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How to Buy an Alpine Touring Binding

An alpine touring binding is a ski binding that allows you to go free-heel for the ascent and then lock your heel in place for the descent. One style of AT binding requires an AT-specific boot while the other allows you to use an alpine boot. Either way, an AT binding is the fastest, most efficient way to stay connected to your ski and travel in the backcountry.

Tech - Compatible Bindings
Ultralight and minimalist by design, this binding style requires a ski boot with Tech-compatible heel and toe fittings. This binding style places a premium on stride efficiency and low weight, rather than adjustability.
Alpine Compatible
An alpine-compatible AT binding offers an adjustable DIN, a burly construction, and accept a standard alpine ski boot without any special fittings. This binding can serve as a do-it-all backcountry and resort binding.
Other Features
Heel risers or climbing wires can give you a boost under your heel for climbing steep hills. Keep in mind, adjustable release settings and brakes aren't standard on some ultralight Tech bindings so consider your options carefully.

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