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What goes up fast, must come down just as fast.

After winning more than its fair share of awards from almost every magazine in the ski industry, the Black Diamond 01 Telemark Ski Binding has carved out its place as a high-end, performance telemark binding. Flip between ski and tour modes with a simple push of a button, rip through technical terrain supported by an uncompromising compression spring design that offers both power and control, and glide naturally on the skin track thanks to free-pivot point action similar to that of the best alpine touring bindings. There are three flavors of cartridge flex to choose from too, so pick your poison and dive into a world of equal uphill and downhill performance.

  • One-piece stainless steel toe piece features a new 6-hole mounting pattern for increased screw pull-out resistance
  • Solid wire yoke heel piece keeps your heel firmly in place and underfoot cable
  • routing ensures smooth, uninterrupted action
  • Toggle between ski and touring modes with a simple push of a button on the toe piece
  • Three flavors of cartridge stiffness allow you to pick a cable tension that suits your skiing style specifically
  • FreeFlex is the softest tension, Midstiff is the best balance of stiffness and forgiveness, and Ridiculously Stiff is the hardest tension flex Black Diamond offers
  • Climbing wires are included with binding

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Will it hold?

Will it hold?

Posted on

I had the 4 screw binding pull twice from this ski within six months with different mounting spots. The new 6 screw version is supposed to be a whole lot better... Still testing this theory. Either way I like 22 designs better.

What sized boots do a small fit? Would...

Posted on

What sized boots do a small fit? Would they be ok for a smaller lightweight (105lbs) skier? If not what do you suggest?

Responded on

Hi there,
These would work perfectly fine for a smaller skier- I'm very similarly sized and I love the BD line! The standard cartridges on these will fit a BD boot size 25 and above, but you can purchase small cartridges separately, which will fit a size BD 24.5 and below no problem

Here's the duct tape fix

Here's the duct tape fix

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Responded on

Super-helpful, Ed. Thanks.

I have probably 20 days on the pair of O1s I bought myself for Christmas and came flying out of them for the fifth time this weekend. (fwiw: 145 lbs, Gotamas, 60/40 resort/sidecountry.) I bought them on BC.com and was going to write a nastygram review -- after the first time a ski came off, I've twisted them to spec EVERY time I ski, so I'm pretty annoyed.

If the duct tape helps, I'll be REALLY happy. I'm still not sure I'd buy another pair, but except for when they utterly fail, the mid-stiffs are a snappy little binder. They click in beautifully from touring mode, haven't iced up once, and rally out of turns. Quite fun, really.

Oh, and obviously, I've tested the leash attachment hole several times. It works great.

5 5

The best!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thought I'd throw a review down while I'm at it. These bindings are by far the best telemark binding I've tried for resort and touring.
Active, tough, tour very well, and the ski/climb is by far the best at resisting ice-up. Not to mention BD customer support is REDICULOUSLY awesome! These guys have taken care of this "nobody" telemark skier multiple times. BD rocks!
*The only system I haven't tried is the tele tech, but the O1's don't leave me wanting, and my crusty old BD customs fit so well.

2 5

Not for heavy hitters

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I put these on some blizzards and snapped them in half twice. Based on the narrow screw pattern and my heavy deep style turns, I split out the core of two skis. Also the toe piece bent irreparably twice. BD was great about it and replaced them, but in the end they're just not strong enough. Two sets lasted 5 days and 6 days respectively. I'm 200lbs. Until they failed, they were awesome...

Responded on

Been charging on these for years. Bulletproof. From what I've heard, pull outs are due to improper cartridge tension (bottoming out the spring travel). Did you triple check pretension according to specs?

Any suggestions on the mid vs ridic...

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Any suggestions on the mid vs ridic cartridges? I'm 180 lb and on t1's and 184 Volkl Mantras. Other skis have x-mountain G3 Targa cartridges, and HH (blech - never buying those again). Thanks!

Responded on

Hey Josh,
If you plan to ski this ski mainly in resort and want a binding that is very aggressive then I would recommend the Ridiculously stiff cartridge. This paired with your Mantra and T1 would be a killer in resort charging set up. If you want it to charge hard but plan to hike a bit with them then I would recommend the Midstiff cartridges. They will still be responsive in resort and will hike slightly better.

Responded on

Rids. Makes no difference hiking. It's a free pivot binding. Also, less heel flop for sidestepping.

5 5

Great for BC and touring

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These bindings have made Backcountry so much better. I am in it for the climbs and these climb beautifully. I have used these for a few seasons now and am really impressed with the ease of in and out as well as the stiffness of the cartridges. I have not had one rip out with a 4 screw mount before, but knowing there are 6 screws I feel much more confident in carving really big turns.

4 5

These are sweet.

I have been running BD bindings with the RID STIFF cartridges for a few years now, and they are the best I have used. PLEASE BD, fix the fact that the cartridges can get loose. A locking mechanism maybe?? They come loose way more than they should, and don't give me that " you have them set up wrong" crap :)

Responded on

Dude, For everyone who doesn't know about this:
split some duct tape in half and wrap it around both cartridges just behind the locking mechanism, carefully sticking it to itself between cartridges without pulling them together. This works perfectly, and last way longer than you would suspect!

5 5

BD did it right

These bindings are great. Especially with the new six hole mounting plate. You don't have to worry about ripping out of the ski and breaking the binding. BD also got rid of the small amount of play that the older models had before the cartridges engaged. Definitely a solid binding and the tour mode is awesome!

Responded on

Will,
Can you explain what the difference is that eliminated the small amount of play previous models had before the springs engaged?
I wasn't aware there was any difference in the new model other than a six hole mount pattern, thanks.
-Ed

5 5

Black Diamond 01

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Best binding on the market!!! Ridiculously stiff springs make them comparable to a downhill setup!!!

4 5

Great bindings but...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these bindings because they have the ability to release tention to skin up a slope easier.
Con. Bindings losen up while skiing, so I have to tighten them before I ski and sometimes at lunch.
Besides that they are awesome.

Responded on

Put a piece of duct tape around both cartridges; then they won't turn.