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The raddest of the radicals.
The first time you toured in a set of tech bindings you probably thought it couldn't get much better, but the Dynafit TLT Radical FT 2.0 Binding is here to prove, without a doubt, that it can. Not only does the newly redesigned Radical 2.0 maintain the same easy-walking feel as its predecessors, but it now carries with it a well-earned TUV certification, making the Radical 2.0 a safer and more reliable tech binding.
The Radical 2.0 earns its TUV certification through a pivoting toe piece that is able to compensate for lateral impacts and ensure reliable release values that can be set between 5-12 as determined by DIN ISO 13992 standards. The heel is also able to withstand 10mm of forward pressure, giving it the ability to compensate for forward impacts. In addition to the elasticity of the heel and toe, the Radical 2.0 is now equipped with an easy lock brake system, meaning the brake can be engaged or disengaged independently of the heel piece—this means you won't have to worry about losing a ski whenever the binding is in walk mode.
Where the Radical FT separates itself from the ST option is with higher release values, making it the best option for heavier or more aggressive skiers. The freeride design really puts an emphasis on the descent due to the wide toe piece that is able to direct more power to wide, freeride skis. The binding itself is housed in a burly combination of forged aluminum, CrMo steel, stainless steel, and high-strength plastic. The Radical 2.0 FT also features carbon power plates, which are located under the toe and heel and increase torsional rigidity by 12 percent. Another major improvement to the newly re-worked radical is the multi-directional heel piece that can be turned both clockwise or counter clockwise—this means no more having to rotate the binding a full 360-degrees just to switch it from walk to ski mode. The toe is also compatible with Dynafit ski crampons for when conditions demand more bite than mohair can offer.
- 5-12 release values
- Pivoting toe piece
- 10mm forward pressure in the heel
- Forged aluminum and CrMo steep components
- Carbon power plates
- Two position heel elevators
- Easy lock brake system
- Crampon compatible
- TUV certified
- Item #DNF003J
- Q & A
TLT Radical FT 2.0 Binding Video
Tech Touring Ripper!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Overall, this binding is one of the best possible tech bindings money can buy right now. The 5-12 release value is great from anyone from a first timer to the most advanced of rippers. Compared to past model Dynafit systems this feels much sturdier and solid when slashing turns and hitting variable terrain at high speeds. If you are looking to score a pair please reach out! I will personally take care of you - 801-204-4533.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These bindings are mounted on a pair DPS Wailer 106. I have skied on these binds for a few days now in New England, and I am very impressed. Almost needless to say, the snow conditions have been less than ideal this year, but I'll take what I can. These binds work well in the soft snow I found. Last week we had a nasty thaw and freeze, and I was skiing on ice. I decided to test the limits of these bindings and charge the mountain in these conditions. The binding worked perfectly, and I have full confidence on any snow surface (or ice). There are still a lot of people that are worried about prelease with tech bindings. I have not had any problems. By design, dynafit radicals also have "side towers" in the toe piece that prevent the lateral motion that causes a pre-release. For me, I could not be happier with the downhill performance.If however, you are the type of person that will still lock out the toe, then save your money money and some weight by buy some racing bindings.
I have also done a little bit of skinning. There is definitely an improvement over a plate bindings (I have used the Marker Dukes in the past). This is expected of course.
The only unusual part about these bindings are the rotating toe unit. This is suppose to be a safety feature, and I went with dynafit over the Kingpins due to this design. Stepping into the bindings and locking the heels requires a little bit more work. Not a big deal, or a deal breaker for me.
Ill post another update in the future when I have a few more days on these bindings.
The best kind of touring!
Love the radical ft 2.0s!
These are RAD!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I love these bindings. I've had them for 5-6 touring trips. They've performed flawlessly and are light yet instill plenty of confidence in aggressive alpine conditions. The more I use them the more often I want to go!
I'd purchase them again in a heartbeat!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I purchased these as an 'upgrade' to my tlt radical st, which are a great touring binding. The 2.0 FT has proven to be a much more enjoyable binding for the downhill. It feels less stiff and friendlier friendlier. It has more of the familiar feel of a straight up alpine set up be with all the sweet features you want for uphill travel. A few things regarding the rotating toe piece and optional release of the brake. It takes a little getting used to. One tip is that once you get your toe clicked in, I find it easiest to check in back to see that my heel is aligned before engaging that. Also depending on which way you turn the heel for climb mode will either allow or not allow the break to engage. I have tried both modes and prefer the brake up but did find it to be a nice feature when doing steep laps in soft snow. It made climbing a little more secure as well as put my mind at ease when at the summit in case god forbid my ski made a move for it without me on it. This binding also is great for resort skiing and I would highly suggest if you are looking for a good all around that can charge uphill in the backcountry but still be fun and comfortable for rest days on the lifts.
It's all about that elasticity....
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have been skiing the Radical 2 since last spring and have not been disappointed. In conditions ranging from frozen sun cups, hop turn couloirs, and open bowls the Radical 2 exceeded my expectations. The elasticity in the toe unit adds a much more consistent release (I have yet to pre-release) compared to the original Radical and also helps to absorb vibrations from the ski making it easier to hold an edge in firm conditions. When I first got the binding mounted I thought they looked "beefy" and would therefore be noticeably heavier compared to the original Radicals. After using them I can say that I honestly can't tell a difference in the weights when touring or when they are strapped to my pack. If there is a slight weight difference the added performance/confidence on the downhill more than makes up for it. All in all I couldn't be happier with the Radical 2. Well done Dynafit!
Will the 105mm width brakes fit a 105 underfoot ski?
Any reason I might go with the FT's over their ST counterparts other than higher DIN?
Is the Marker Kingpin a considerably heavier setup?
Where are you planning on skiing most of the time? Are you using these as a 100% touring set up, 70/30 backcoutry/resort, or 50/50 backcountry/resort?
The ST is going to be the best binding for just touring as it is the lightest of three, the FT is going to be a more aggressive binding with heavier components and DIN which would be a better binding for some resort use, and the Kingpin is going to add about a half pound or less per foot depending on the model (10 or 13) but is going to have the burliest construction and be able to handle the most resort abuse.
Let me know if you have other questions and we can get you into the correct binding.
Thanks, Dan, and happy new year!
This setup will be 100% for backcountry use - ideally a one ski quiver primarily for shorthaul use in the Northeast US and hut trips overseas like the Haute Route. Less so, I'll be skiing this setup in the backcountry when visiting friends in Jackson, SLC and CO. Add to that that I ski aggressively... On the plus side, I only weigh 155 lbs.
Still haven't settled on a pair of skis yet either if you have any recommendations. I'm leaning twds something like the Zero G 95 or Dynastar Mythic but am by no means wedded to either.
Is this a clear performance and safety upgrade, at least theoretically, over the earlier TLT Radical FT? Other than price, any reason not to go with the 2.0? Thinking of pairing these with an Armada Declivity ski and Scarpa Maestrale RS binding as my front/back-country quiver of one.
These guys are going to have the safety update of a rotating toe piece as well as a TUV certified release. They will also be torsionally stiffer due to new baseplates. These guys with Maestrale RS would be a rockin' setup!
Feel free to contact me directly if you're interested in a personalized experience here at Backcountry.
If you buy the wrong width of brake, can you get the right width and switch it without buying a new pair?
The brakes are not interchangeable. Although if close you can get a few extra mm by bending the brakes. It is pretty common on the borderline ski sizes
Is the mounting pattern the same between the 1st and 2nd generation radical fts, or has it changed?
The hole pattern *has* changed.