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Another revelation by Dynafit: a binding for touring AND freeriding.

Once again expanding the downhill performance of its freeride bindings, Dynafit introduces the TLT Radical FT Binding, which boasts the most powerful descent capabilities to date with the same lightweight, trusted Dynafit design. The TLT Radical FT is made with the strongest, lightest materials possible, including a carbon binding plate that connects the toe and heel pieces and provides incredible rigidity underfoot. With help from the reinforcing Side Towers on the toe piece, ski mountaineers and big mountain backcountry freeriders get the downhill security necessary for dropping into icy cirques and mile-long couloirs.

  • Features release settings from 5-12, which suits the rowdiest backcountry skiers and ski mountaineers
  • Carbon plate features a switch that locks the plate in place for torsional rigidity and that creates a platform that more directly transfers power to your ski
  • In its locked position, the carbon plate also yields dampening over rough terrain thanks to rear rubber pieces
  • The extremely durable aluminum toe piece features Side Towers (or Power Towers) that help to provide easier entry and enhanced power transfer, and that prevent pre-releasing in the steeps
  • Speed Step heel riser provides three climbing levels and can easily be switched on the move with a ski pole
  • Front toe piece jig template uses only four new mounting screws instead of five
  • Includes brake (choose 110mm or 130mm based on ski width) so you don't lose your sticks during giant descents
  • At 75mm wide, this binding was made for wider freeride touring skis

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5 5

My first AT binding = success

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This binding is my first in the AT world, but so far I'm very happy. I wouldn't be surprised if eventually I end up with more minimalist bindings, but as someone whose quiver of pairs skis numbers only one (plus a beater backup), I wanted a binding that I felt could take some abuse on lift-served skiing, as well.

I have these setup on DPS Wailer 105s and use La Sportiva Spectre boots. I'm thrilled with the setup so far and have used it for backcountry touring, in bounds skinning, and standard lift-served skiing.

Unanswered Question

My skis are 115 under foot, should I get some 110mm brakes and bend them slightly or go for the 130mm?

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i just get a pair of rossignol soul 7 and dynafit radical ft. the setup isnt mounted yet. i want to know if i align ski boot mid point (scarpa maestrale) and the mark in the souls 7. thanks a lot if anyone can answer me.

Responded on

Hey Sebasalonia,
Where you mount the ski will be dependent on how you ski. For instance some people will go ahead of the recommended mounting line if they like having a slightly shorter tip. The traditional line will be best if you consider yourself a traditional skier who never skis switch.

I would recommend measuring from the tip to the tail. Divide that length and it will give you the true center. Most people will prefer a mounting point somewhere between 3-7cm back from true center.

Better yet, just take them to your local ski shop and have them mount them for you. Let the ski tech know your style of skiing and what you mainly plan to use the ski for. He will likely be able to recommend the best mounting point on that ski for the intended purpose.

5 5

love it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

perfect for day touring, light enough to bring you first up on the hill, when it comes to alpine - it stroke me even better, power transmission just amazing. Im aggresive skier and never expected that from tech bindings , it shocked me after first run. I wont be comming back to traditional anymore...

5 5

Lighten Up

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For years I've avoided tech bindings for fear of failure and toured on everything from Fritschi Freerides, to Marker Dukes and Barons, and the Salomon Guardian. The distances I started going necessitated a switch since that extra training weight isn't great when its game day.

I paired these with the new Icelantic Vanguard and was blown away by how light the setup is. The bindings weigh in at just 2lbs 10oz and you notice it as soon as you pick up your skis. They felt light...almost too light.

For reference I'm 5'8 135lbs and ski aggressively.

I decided the only way to really test how they perform was to hammer on them all day taking resort laps, boosting features, and pounding bump runs. The initial click in was tricky, but felt much more solid than I anticipated. With toes locked the first turn was hesitant, but it felt like a really solid connection to the ski and I didn't notice any lack of power transmission. Three turns in I was charging making high speed wide open turns and boosting comfortably. Future runs I did unlock my toes and did have some softer releases when skiing in variable terrain. It is a safety issue to lock your toes, but in no fall terrain is a must. Disclaimer: You can still release from softer skis over flexing in lock mode.

I knew they were going to excel while touring. The stride of these is much more natural than the Marker Royal series, though I cannot speak for the Kingpin. Heel riser adjustments are a breeze and you can even click directly back into your skis without removing them (with some fiddling). Its a huge savings energy wise for not having to lift the binding weight and I noticed day 1 that my touring speed increase about 10%.

I have seen failures in the field on these bindings, but I have not experienced any failures thus far. All gear it is prone to failure after use. Maintain these bindings, carry a repair kit, and lighten your load. You will not be disappointed.

Are these binding compatible with Black Diamond Quadrant AT boots?

Responded on

Yes! These bindings are rad. Almost feel like I'm on alpine bindings.

5 5

Solid Binding

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Beefy binding I feel comfortable skiing any conditions in, backcountry and resort. I've taken airs on them and haven't had an issue. They ski aggressively and honestly can't tell a huge difference between them and my alpine bindings. Really impressive

Note: I am 135lbs...

Solid Binding
5 5

Once you go low tech, you never go back

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was extremely hesitant to make the transition to low tech bindings because I like to ski fast, aggressively on wider skis and jump as well as a lot of negative publicity about earlier editions of dynafits and other low tech bindings having release, mechanical and reliability issues.

I use these with Scarpa Freedom SL boots on Kastle TX 107 skis. I weigh 160 pounds. I tested these in the Northeast in and out of resort on ice, groomers, moguls, spring touring on Mount Washington, sleet, powder and all the funky conditions we get in the northeast for ten days in spring 2014.

Touring

These bindings perform incredibly well on touring mode. I went from using alpine trekkers to these so the contrast was astounding. I also briefly used Marker tours prior to using these. The lightweight as well as the low profile of these make them very performant touring and climbing steep hardpack slopes in frozen spring snow conditions. Be sure to engage the lock position when touring up steeper slopes at an angle as they have both released at the same time on two occurences (not fun especially when carrying heavy pack).

Down

This is where I was most impressed. This binding skis like a high performance alpine binding (Tyrolia freeflex, Look px). I put the DIN at 9 (same DIN on alpine bindings) and did not experience any release issues. The power transfer is like an alpine binding. I did not notice any difficulty in steering the wide powder ski (107 mm at skate). Even skiing the zipperline in the mogul course, I forgot I was on a touring binding. Even though I set my bindings at DIN 9, I believe it was the right decision to get this model that goes up to 12 instead of the other one that only goes to 10.

Beware

The lever to engage the binding in lock position is located at the front of the binding. It is possible that it may inadvertently become engaged while the user is skiing without user's knowledge, thus leading to a potential serious knee injury.

3 5

good binding, bad brake design

Good binding so far (1 season, 15 days touring). Felt solid on the ups and downs (i'm 6'4" 220 without gear).

However, the unremovable brake design is pure idiocy, particularly coupled with a flimsy afd plate that is prone explode (per my experience and my local ski shop's anecdotes). Customer service from dynafit USA was completely unresponsive to my emails (maybe they were all on vacation for the entire month of May 2014?).

While I can't afford a new tech binding now, my next tech binding will not be a dynafit.

5 5

Makes backcountry touring even more fun

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Okay, so it is well known that Dynafit bindings are lighter and therefore more user friendly than more burly offerings. Well burliness is not even a question, especially after hammering the TLT Radical F. I am a measly 150 pounds and don’t even come close to needing the DIN setting screwed up to 12 (I set mine at 8) but I still was tentative when I took them to Snowbasin on a hardpack day.

At the resort, these bindings performed almost as well as my alpine setup. While bashing moguls, carving mach turns on groomers, and jump-turning through sluffing steeps, the bindings never pre-released or felt unstable at any time while in ski mode. However, I did notice a little bit of play in the toe when skate skiing across flats or going really fast with tight turns, and the toe piece would sometimes rattle annoyingly. Further research on the subject led me to believe that this toe-play likely has more to do with the tech inserts on my Black Diamond Quadrants than the binding design.

So, the Dynafit TLT Radical FT passed the resort test. But the backcountry is what they are made for, and they excelled. Honestly, owning these paired with the Voile Chargers made me excited to tour again, and provided motivation to get out more. When skinning uphill, the heel lifters are super easy to engage. I had issues at first by using my pole basket to grab the lifters, and discovered that turning my pole upside down and using the rubberized grip makes going from flat to heel lifted super fast and easy. Same goes for putting them back into the down position.

I am absolutely in love with my Dynafits. The total lack of weight while skinning uphill, coupled with user friendly heel lifters, and confidence-inspiring downhill capability make these bindings an obvious choice for backcountry skiers looking for the ultimate in touring and freeride performance.

Makes backcountry touring even more fun
5 5

These made me enjoy touring once again

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Dynafits have changed how I look at touring. Before, touring on a Fritschi or Duke set-up was a painfully slow and heavy experience. Then I bought these. I am in no way, an ironman athlete, so I need all of the advantages I can get. I ski these pretty hard and haven't had a pre-release yet. Sure, I lock my toes out when skiing, and have the DINs cranked in the heal, but no issues like you might think would happen. The pivot point for the toe makes walking feel as natural as possible while walking uphill in a plastic boot.

***Although lots of people ski in-bounds on these bindings, I still prefer the confidence of an alpine binding and boot***

Also, I have been told one of their athletes that the center plate is a gimmick, and can be removed if desired. I did it and have had no problems.

These made me enjoy touring once again
3 5

Beartrap it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these with the K2 Annex 118 Seth Morrison ski. They are very lightweight and excellent for skinning. Everyone I know uses them in the locked touring mode when skiing on them. I have had them release on me multiple times in ski mode so now I always ski them locked out. I had them adjusted by a Dynafit rep and was instructed on the proper way to use the binding and they still release during high speed chatter and variable conditions. I am using them with K2 pinnacle boots and I suspect part of the releasing issue could be coming from that boots tech fittings but I do not know for sure. Either way most serious skiers use these locked out for the descent. If I had know that I would have ignored the DIN setting listed for this binding and gone with a lighter more stripped down binding.

Responded on

I mounted them on a pair of Line Sickdays 110 and had exactly the same problem you are saying... Lots of pre-release so I decided to unmount them. I also have a pair of K2 pinnacle, maybe it`s a problem with the boots... Have you had any solution?

Will these fit any boot or do you need to...

Will these fit any boot or do you need to buy a specific binding for a given boot size? I have pretty average feet around 9 or 10 and am considering getting these while they are on sale but have not bought the boots I would use yet.

I have Atomic Access 181's 100mm. I'm...

I have Atomic Access 181's 100mm. I'm guessing I want a 110mm break, yes?

Responded on

Hey Benji,

You are correct. The ideal fit of a ski brake should be the same width or no more than 15 mm wider than the ski width.

5 5

The one that changed the game

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I came from a pair of Freerides (not sturdy enough for 195lbs long term) and Dukes which are like strapping a small lead brick to your feet. These bindings are the ones that have been around, but they are the only choice for stiff durability and efficient touring. Save your time, money and frustration by skipping the Duke/Freerides and getting the Dynafits!

Can the brakes be changed? Meaning if I...

Can the brakes be changed? Meaning if I get the 130mm can I swap out a 110mm break at a later date if I move to a narrower ski?

Best Answer Responded on

Steve,
Great binding and yes the brakes can be changed out from a 130mm to a 110mm. Recently spoke to a couple of buddies who absolutely love these and have used them in some extreme spots along with a few trips on Rainier this year. LIght weight and easy to change climbing modes along with entry and exit ease.
Enjoy em!!!

5 5

Going with Dynafits

Just ordered these for my V-Works Katana.
I hope they hold up to 50% resort, and 50% backcountry. I think this will be a great set up for tree skiing.

Responded on

Would love to know how your V-Werks Katana's work with the Dynafit TLT Radical FT's. Any mounting issues? I have the same setup sitting in my garage waiting to be mounted.