Gear Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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

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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.