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What would the recommended safe din setting...
What would the recommended safe din setting be for an agressive 200lb skier using either Dynafit binding (10 or 12 din)Being used Mostly for backcountry skiing.Ski shop doesn't want to touch this one
I've seen guys your size eject on corduroy with a DIN at 8, so I'd crank it all the way to 10. I don't have a lot of experience with alpine bindings, but when I do ride them mine are set at 8 (I'm 145), and normally I use tele skis, which don't eject. Tighten 'em up.
I am almost 200lbs and ski dynafits in the backcountry tons. The whole point is that you want these to release-either you are in a fall and going to get hurt or triggering an avalanche. Putting your DIN on the max is never a good idea, just tightens the spring too much and they never work 100% correctly at that full cranking. Back em off to 8, and see how that goes, but stay off the full cranking!
Once these bindings are mounted on skis...
Once these bindings are mounted on skis is there some adjustment fore and aft in the heel so that you could adjust the bindings between say a 25 and 27 shell size?
If you mount them full tight to the front of the 25, you might be able to squeak in the 27 shells when you fully open up the heel piece all the way back. you can get about 2-3 sizes on a comfort binding.
Can someone provide a quick and dirty...
Can someone provide a quick and dirty comparison of the Dynafit TLT Comfort versus the TLT Vertical ST binding? Other than weight.
Well, if you are having trouble finding differences that is because there aren't many! Mostly marketing, they 'beefed' these up a bit with some more plastic and a longer throw on the toe piece lever, which makes life a little easier. But overall, it is essentially the same binding as the comfort, so you might as well go with the comfort!
Can I use this binding with a Technica...
Can I use this binding with a Technica Agent At boot?
No, you cannot. The Agent does not have Dynafit fittings.
I had to go AT from Tele because of a bad knee. I wanted a light binding, that I could use mainly backcountry and occasionally in resort. These bindings are worth every dime, they are light, easy to use. The three heel heights for skinning make climbing easier because the transitions of rotating the heel is smooth. I always had trouble with climbing bars and find this set up much easier.
They are daunting at first because they are so different, but 1 ski and you'll be a convert. Like the guy above mentioned the only down side is having to clean the holes in your boots so the toe pins will go in. A Q-tip does the trick nicely.
I come from a tele set up, so I cannot comment on how this compares to a traditional alpine binding, but I can say it it was easier to tour on these dynafits than any tele binding I have had. I opted to mount them with the brakes, which have been great for in resort. When you backcountry and go to turn the heel for touring, make sure you press the brake plate down first
(took me a second to realize this)
I mounted them on Black Diamond Joules and have been very happy.
I think your conversion from ounces to...
I think your conversion from ounces to grams is incorrect. 1 lb. 11 oz. is not 770 grams. Which figure is the correct weight?
I'd suggested checking your math.
Being so different from all the other bindings, I was concerned about the release mechanism, especially after having had ACL reconstruction. I was also concerned about stiffness, especially torsion stiffness of the binding, since there are no plates that connect the front to the back part.
The obvious advantages of Dynafit versus the more classics styles are:
* Much lighter weight.
* For climbing, the attachment mechanism with the two pins in the front minimzes friction.
* You do not have to lift part of the binding for climbing.
These advantages where the primary driving factor for me trying Dynafits. My previous binding was a Fritschi Diamar Freeride+. No doubt a fantastic binding.
The release mechanism of the Dynafits looks to the user very different from that of a traditional binding. The front piece has a ski and a climbing mode, but no DIN adjustment at all. In climbing mode you lift up the little lever which prevents the front piece from opening for all practical purposes. If you do not lock the binding in the front when climbing it will come off easily. The downside of this binding is that if you get in an avalanche during climbing, your skis will probably not release.
The back mechanism has two DIN adjustments. One adjustment controls the release around the leg-axis and the other adjustment controls the binding release around the axis that is perpendicular to the ski in the ski's plane, e.g. if you fall forward.
I only have one major crash on the binding so far in which the binding released without any problems. Based on that crash, comments from my primary touring partner, I have gotten a lot more confident in the bindings release mechanism. Keep in mind though that my experience with the binding is not statistically significant.
Torsion stiffness of the binding seems better than on my Fritschi Diamar Freeride+. One theory is that the boot has no play in these bindings compared with traditional bindings and therefore prevents any torsion flex that would have been provided by the loose traditional binding to boot connection. You are also much closer to the ski with these bindings. That certainly reduces the leverage on the binding and may reduce torsion flex, too. Overall, I was very positively surprised. I also swapped the ski from a K2 Shuksan to an Atomic Kailas when I bought the Dynafit. It could be that some of the improvement comes from the ski change.
There are a few disadvantages: The front holes on the boot can easily collect snow or ice. This can make it very hard for the binding to clip in properly. It is also much harder to adjust the climbing angle on the binding with your poles. The leashes that come with the binding are not great.
Any tips from more experienced Dynafit users much appreciated.
So far, I am in love with these bindings.
Light and reliable
These bindings are great. Light. Strong. Durable.
People worry about how aggressively they can ski in them. Mark Newcomb has skied crazier things in them (Bubble Fun Couloir, Black Ice Couloir, Otter Body) than I ever will so I'd say they're fine. They're super light and I've never had a problem.
2 questions. One what is the difference...
2 questions. One what is the difference between stepping your foot in and it clicking up a little, with pulling the latch all the way up? Does that have to do with release. Also, what do you guys think about using these for chute skiing in the wasatch. Never released from these bindings but I'm anticipating a nasty fall one day because you never know just exactly how these will work in a given situation given ski flex. What are thoughts
When you pull the latch all the way up, the binding REALLY locks onto your toes...i mean takes A LOT to get them to come off, almost dangerously so. 1 or 2 clicks means they can still release but stay on your toes for touring up, but come off if you need them to like in an avalanche. Be careful, if you lock these on for the way down, they will stay on, a nice bonus for skiing in NO fall and don't want to lose a ski terrain!
do these bindings come with brakes?
do these bindings come with brakes?
NO, the 12's do however
Very light, extremely dependable, and simply the best binding for touring out there. If you are looking for something that will hold up and allow you to go on all day tours without weighing you down, this is the binding for you.
How well do these release in case of a...
How well do these release in case of a crash? I've had several knee ops and so want something that is as safe as possible for touring (I currently use Diamir, which resemble piste bindings and so are heavier). Thx, Chris
These bindings do release but not as well as a Diamir. To add to that, the heels are DIN releasable, but the toe pieces are not, so they will release a bit differently then a standard Diamir.
How will these hold up to 12ft drops onto...
How will these hold up to 12ft drops onto packed powder?
Buckner: "Considering that the DIN only goes to 10, I'd be skeptical. That said, I've never used them."Well, I've used them extensively, and can give you a real answer. I'm not sure why you'd ever want to do a 12-foot drop onto packed powder with an AT binding (or any binding for that matter), since the purpose of alpine touring is to find untracked powder, but if you have to, these bindings would hold up the same as any other binding would at a given DIN rating. If an alpine binding set at 10 DIN will keep your skis attached while performing such "tricks," then these will too. That's what the DIN standard means. Still, Dynafit's objective is to make the lightest touring bindings in the world, and they require a certain amount of operator care and precision. If you're really interested in abusing your equipment, you're better off with an alpine binding.Buckner: Apologies that I can't provide a "real answer," but as you mentioned, DIN is a standard. Hence consistent amongst all good quality bindings. Since DIN is correlated with force, the force of a 12 foot drop could potentially kick off a binding unnecessarily that's set on 10. Ie the guy could have skied out of the landing despite a force that was strong enough to cause a binding release on a DIN of 10, whereas this release would not have occurred on a DIN of 12. Thus proper DIN needs are dependent on the forces a skier generates, thus his strength, height, weight and ability. I'm 170lbs and ski on a DIN of 12 on a salomon binding. It has always released when I needed it to, and never has released prematurely (knock on wood). If you're hitting 12 foot drops and weigh 160-170lbs or more, you're a good skier that could use a binding with a DIN of 12. Not 10. Just my $0.02. Plus, maxing out a spring likely reduces the longevity of the binding. In other words, it makes sense to ski at DIN 10 on a binding that goes to 12 versus skiing a binding set on DIN 10 that only goes to 10.For a simple answer, I have been skiing a pair for 5 years, in bounds, mostly out of bounds touring, but drops, pillows, hard skiing,the works, and they are bomber!
Can I buy these, then buy the breaks and...
Can I buy these, then buy the breaks and use the whole with my Garmont MegaRide boots?
Stiff, durable, light, dependable, tours better than anything else, simple elegant engineering
Yet another classic offering from Dynafit
Within two years of using my first Dynafit binding, I had sold off or given away all other bindings and switched over to Dynafits exclusively. Not only that, but so has my wife and our ski locker looks like a Dynafit show room! About half of our Dynafits are Comforts as they have a good range of adjustment and are intended to be used with brakes. I like brakes for everyday skiing, but tend to go with removeable leashes (and thus the TLT Classic binding) for expeditions.
tiny but bomber
If you want minimal weight, but a dependable binding, this is a great choice.