Gear Review

5 5

Outstandind Binding

I have both the 04 Naxo and 04 Freeride bindings on different pairs of skis. Each is durable, well constructed, and functions very well in alpine mode. However, the Naxo stands alone in touring mode and ease of use. Gone is the "tromp-clack" of other AT bindings. The stride is smooth and natural, enabling a true glide. Entry and manual exit require minimal force and the binding centers the boot perfectly. One minor criticism: the boot length scale and its adjustment mechanism appear to have been designed by committee. The scale is in 4mm increments whereas most boot soles are sized in 5mm increments. A true 320mm boot sole reads 324mm on the adjustment scale. And because the adjustment mechanism is not continuous but jumps in 4mm increments, a correct forward pressure setting is all but impossible.