Reliable and lightweight for any touring adventure.
- Featherweight materials lighten your climb up the skintrack
- Binding system uses a lockable toe piece and adjustable heel lift for increased and efficient power transfer, so you can climb with ease
- Be more safe thanks to the lateral and vertical release at the heel (a sprung U-shaped bar controls the release and engages the back of the boot, and the toe—piece releases when heel is free)
- Can be fitted with crampons and ski brakes
- DIN settings from 1-10
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I've seen conflicting information about...
I've seen conflicting information about the availability of brakes for these bindings. Can someone set me straight? I've found brakes for sale only in Canada and always out of stock. If there are no longer compatible brakes for TLT Speeds, does anyone have a good leash design that will hold in a non-violent fall but release/snap under high force?
Speed does not have a brake. Try http://www.bndskigear.com for leashes.
dynafut tlt speed binding
I purchased this binding based on net reviews. I am disappointed. It works great in downhill mode but going uphill is a different problem. The ski pops off at the worst possible times when breaking trail uphill in tough going. While crossing a steep wind crust the skin slipped on some ice the ski popped off (I never had on runaway straps) and I jumped on the ski just before it got going for parts unknown. It would have been miles of crawling out in deep snow. If someone comes up with a lite binding that stays on in uphill mode I would sure go for it. I use the dynafit zzero 4 u-tf boot with this binding. I found that it does help if you constantly clean the snow from under the springs of the front binding.
this binding is a step up from the super ultra uber light dynafit race binding. i think it's the lightest version our beloved dynafit binding that i every day usable in the backcountry. the comfort heal piece turns a bit easier, but it's a bit heavier. so it's a trade off.
first time newbie
its come down to the TLT...
first time newbie
its come down to the TLT speed or the TLT vetical ST. Question is is the extra features worth the weight? Or should I just deal with it and go for lighter binding? I plan on using them for long tours and winter alpine approaches.
I think the extra creature comforts on the ST Vertical are well worth it - namely brakes and more adjustment range. The guts of the bindings are the same however.
I just am getting into AT skiing. I purchased...
I just am getting into AT skiing. I purchased the TLT speed used, some scarpa terminator Xs and mounted them. From what I can tell I mounted them correctly, with the exception of when I'm skinning in touring mode (piece up), if I rotate my heel, and there is resistance, I will pop out of the toe. It doesn't happen all the time, and I try to keep my boots straight, but if I have to turn or lean I risk the pop out.
I'm pretty sure there isn't a way to adjust the toes, is there something else that I am doing incorrectly? They are in good condition, but maybe the springs aren't as strong?
You need to be sure the toe binding lever is in the fully upright and locked position. You will see a pictograph (red) when you look down at the binding.
Do you like touring? Do you like things that are easy to use? Do you like lightweight? Don't even consider another alpine touring setup. The Dynafits are amazing. Incredibly light, and surprisingly bomber considering their size. Have read some reviews claiming these bindings are not resort-worthy due to their comparatively low DIN and "unique" toe piece. For a while this was my only setup and I used it heavily in the resort and never had a problem with pre-release. If you want something a little beefier just go with the FT 12 for extra security. The bottom line is that these bindings are feather-light, tour exceptionally well with their three level heal post, and will let you rip in the resort when you are too lazy to throw on the skins. I have had them mounted on Black Diamond Kilowatts and love it.
Do these have a no release function for...
Do these have a no release function for no fall zones?
It is not really a no-release function as much as just leaving the toe in tour mode, which locks it in. The heel will still release at whatever DIN you have it set at, but in tour mode, the toe goes up to something like DIN 20 when it is locked out. So, yes, these bindings can be locked out (at least the toe pieces) just like any other Dynafit binding.
Fast,Light ripper.Race,steep lines.ski traverses.Even moguls.
Quick heel-release trick
This is probably unsanctioned by Dynafit, but it is a cool little trick to switching over from ski mode to tour mode with the TLT binding. Do not do this with the ST Vertical (may break the heel post) and this trick doesn't work with brakes, but otherwise.... it is pretty cool.
The idea is to lever your ski pole handle between your boot and the steel Dynafit tower, then twist it.
The Essence of Dynafit
All Dynafit bindings, and even the imitators for that matter share the same core elements as this binding. The difference with this version is that it is stripped down about as far as it can go and still be user friendly. The Dynafit racing binding is a bit lighter, but lacks any sort of fore/aft adjustment. If you are looking for a sophisticated, yet simple binding, this is it.
Aside from cosmetics and a few creature comforts, this is binding has everything else the other Dynafits do, but in a minimalist package. The main difference between this binding and the ST Vertical is that the TLT has less fore/aft adjustment in the heel, which means you can only adjust it 2mm fore/aft, or 4mm total. This is roughly one boot size, so if you change boots or loan your skis to a friend, they may not be able to adjust the bindings enough.
You can get brakes for these, but they are not optimized for brakes like the ST Vertical. When I use the TLT's, I generally use them with leashes or nothing.
I like the TLT for wide/fat skis as they help keep the total weight down and it can often be hard/expensive to find brakes for uber phatties anyway.
Bottom Line: An excellent touring binding, especially if you don't need much/any fore/aft adjustment or brakes. Aside from that, they tour like a dream and are 150% burly and reliable (see video on this product).
Dynafits save skier from huge crevasse
In this video, Ben Ditto is talking about how he hung from a single locked-out Dynafit toe piece for roughly 30 minutes over the top of a HUGE crevasse. The video has been edited for public consumption, so use your imagination when he says things like "I was crying like a (blank) baby,"
Ben had locked out his toe pieces as he didn't have brakes or leashes, and it turned out to be a very good idea. His heel pieces released when he punched through the crevasse, but the tiny little toe pieces on one binding held his entire weight.
At the end of the video I say that he was hanging by a heel piece, but it was actually the toe.
I'm looking to set up a pair of saloman...
I'm looking to set up a pair of saloman lord skis as a combo backcountry and sometime in alta resort type setup I already own the dynafits with my atomic skis and scarpa boots. what is the best binding for this purpose??
Apologies for cross postings, I seem to have been commenting before, not reviewing. Editors - feel free to delete these 2 sentences and the earlier comment.
These are an outstanding match for a light ski, fat or thin. I have them on Trabs, but the more serious backwoods crew I take tips from in the Adirondacks likes them on some heavier BD wide skis. There are a few things I noted in terms of differences when skiing on them with a nameless but incredibly hospitable Park City guru: they do not have the little channels on the pins which allow the other Dynafit binding pins to clear ice from your toe insets if you step in slightly and then run your foot forward and back (a useful thing to have, as ice often builds in there and we don't all carry roofing nails with us); and (obviously) they do not have ski brakes, so you need to wear straps on piste and/or not lose track of your skis on steep or deep ground. Otherwise they are everything you might need, just less of it. A very light and elegant package.
!0 Years & Still Kicking
I've skied these bindings for 10 years now in everything from chest deep fluff to 50 degree
couliors (even a mogul run or 2) & have had zero problems. I'm not a small guy at 6'1" & 230lbs. I
would not hesitate to recommend these to anyone.
Classic Touring Binding
This version of the Dynafit touring binding has been unchanged for 10 years, for good reason. It's light, it's reliable, it tours fantastically. Lots of inbound usage with big skis will likely break a pin or two but they can be replaced.