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Gear Review

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Best cable binding for true backcountry skiing

I use this binding on my lighter 84 waist touring setup with Scarpa T3's. This is the lightest cable binding currently avalable, is simple, sturdy, has tour mode, has 2 different climbing bale heights, and holds the boot solidly. Not as "active", in other words the flex point in the boot sole is more forward than say, BD bindings. With softer boots like T3 this isn't much a performance issue. With stiffer boots, especially on hardpack, you might want more active that some of the heavier, more expensive bindings have. For serious backcountry, like trans Sierra trips or major peakbagging, the light weight and simplicity make this a clear choice. The shortest climbing bale is a slight hassle to pull up and could be redesigned, but that's a rather insignificant point. Have not had the "switch from downhill to tour mode" problem as some have, but if there is snow build up under the binding when you switch back to DH mode, I can see that it might not fully engage and with a big, stiff boot, it might be forced out of position.