Binding problems are no problem with this kit.
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Doesn't look like much but this "kit" or bundle of spare parts can help in a pinch. BD 01's are susceptible to having the plastic heel lever snap off when you put them on and of. I've snapped 2, and my spring pre-load was < than 1 cm. The spare heel assembly saved me. I never had to use anything else from the kit. It is possible to just buy the heel assembly direct from BD, but the spare heel wires and stuff are nice to have around in case you lose one. BD 01's are good bindings, but you'd be wise to have some spare parts on hand...
My boots are Mondo 26.5. Do I get the...
My boots are Mondo 26.5. Do I get the regular size for the backcountry kit?
You should be able to use either one with a Mondo 26.5 boot.
How necessary are these to have with you...
How necessary are these to have with you in the backcountry? Got ya you meant the climbing wire. :)
Not entirely, it's more of a repair kit. But the big heel throw is really important for hiking, otherwise you'll get really tired really fast.
What do you mean by the big heel throw is...
What do you mean by the big heel throw is better for hiking?
I meant climbing wire, sorry. When you're going uphill, your toe will be significantly higher than your heel. If you don't have a climbing wire, then your calves have to take the weight and you're essentially standing on your tiptoes the whole time, so your calves will get really tired. The climbing wire (the big square wire) comes up from the heel of your binding and supports the heel of your foot, equalizing the height so you can rest on your heels instead of your toes. The steeper the slope, the bigger the wire you want.