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A revolution in lightweight race bindings.
Going with a lightweight race binding has meant that you're going to have to forgo both the security of a brake and the added safety of adjustable release values. This is not the case with the Dynafiit TLT Superlite 2.0 12 Binding. Celebrating 30 years of binding innovation, Dynafit's release of the TLT Superlite 2.0 opens a new chapter in the world of lightweight rando race bindings with the addition of the same safety features you'd find on a binding three times the weight of the TLT Superlite.
The newly re-designed heel piece now has adjustable lateral release values ranging from 6-12. The added safety of this feature will give skiers the added security they need to get after it on the descent, without feeling like they need to hold back. For skiers that prefer the added security of a brake, the TLT Superlite can be set up with brakes (sold separately) in sizes available in 75, 90, and 105mm. The toe maintains the proven design of the Superlite with a fixed release value, but now has a more secure four hole mounting pattern for better retention to the ski. The toe is crampon compatible, but the attachment point can be removed when weight is an issue. Now, you might be asking yourself what the weight penalty of all these features is, but with a weight of just over 12 ounces per pair, (or 175g each) the TLT Superlite truly lives up to its name without sacrificing a gram of safety in the process.
- 6-12 lateral release values
- Fixed front release
- Two position heel risers
- Brake compatible (brakes sold separate)
- Crampon compatible
- Item #DNF007L
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Scooped these as a gift for a friend and here's what he has to say about them: "So light you wonder how you're attached to your skis
These bindings are pretty amazing for the weight. They do exactly as they're supposed to and they have a din setting as well for the extra piece of mind that you won't leave your knee blown out on the hill. The green brings out the color in any color eyes which is an added bonus. Mounting yourself can be a little finicky since there is a very small margin of error since the rear pins aren't adjustable like other bindings are. Save some weight and get to the top faster with more energy to spare."
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I used these on a day tour on spring corn at Castle Lake. They're mounted on denalis and are adjusted to my vulcans.
The lightness is not something I can compare to prior experience; however, I did find this VERY light setup to be helpful throughout the day. A flat touring mode can be achieved by rotating the heel piece 90 degrees instead of the full 180. I did this, and the heel did not seem to rotate unintentionally.
Getting into the toe piece requires some precision to make it easy. Inserting one toe pin, lining up the other, then stepping down worked well for me, even on a 30 degree slope.
I did take a small fall without releasing at the heel or toe on both skis. This was nice, as I felt more confident that the binding would not prerelease as easily. A note on that, however, is that snow tended to penetrate the openings in the toe piece chassis, and build up on the inside of it. This could, potentially, block the travel of the spring arms, and inhibit the toe piece from engaging properly with the boot. This could lead to a prerelease of the toe.
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I'm looking to make a decision on what tech bindings to get this year. I ski aggressively, and am looking to go all AT this year. I'm trying to figure out if I should go with these superlites, the tlt radical ft (or st?) 2s, or the marker kingpins. I am leaning torwards the superlites (because of the weight), but I get concerns with things that are unknown to me - will I wish I had a higher heel riser, will I wish that there was a flat touring mode (although, it sounds like one can turn the heel unit perpendicular to the ski to achieve this)? I'm not planning on doing any long tours, my reason for leaning towards a light binding is so that I can get up the hill quickly without being overtired. Setup will be some volkl nanuqs and dynafit vulcans.
Frank, some of it depends on your height and weight when deciding a binding, and that goes along with what you want or intend to do with it. When your using the binding do you intend to do some pretty hard skiing? Aggressive and fast through chop? If thats the case I'd say the Superlite is not for you, then I would bump up to the Radical ST or FT 2.0 depending on what your DIN is normally set at. Its a better skiing binding that can handle some more abuse out there compared to the Superlite. I am a huge fan of lightening the load but, you need to find that sweet spot between light weight and function, so I need some more info to help you decide and narrow down your choices.
Would you wish you had a higher heel rise? - With the Vulcans in particular, they have such a good range of motion, you would probably get along just fine without the extra higher heel riser. You are correct they also can go into flat mode by turning the binding, need to bend over to do this though.
Ill send this over in an Email as well if thats an easier way to communicate.
I'm also considering the Superlites. I recently checked them out at my local Black Diamond retail shop and the sales associate showed me that you CAN have a third level of rise by rotating the heel piece 180 degrees. As Bill mentioned, this does involve bending over or an awkward reach while balancing on one ski. So in essence, you have 4 possible positions of heel elevation. I also agree with the previous comment in that with the range of motion of the newer Dynafit boots, the highest riser position is rarely needed. Judging by the rest of your setup, I would probably lean toward the new Radical 2.0 with the extra release capabilities, or as Bill suggested the older model FT or ST. To keep things in perspective, the weight savings with the Superlites over the older model ST's would be roughly the equivalent of two cans of PBR. I personally own a pair of Radical FT's mounted on Carbon Megawatts, and I love that setup for everyday touring. I just bought a pair of Carbon Converts and plan on putting the Superlites on them for really big days when every ounce matters. If you are planning on having one ski/binding setup for both inbounds and touring, I think you will be better off sacrificing a few ounces for the extra safety and durability of the FT or ST choices.
Thanks everyone for the help on this. Pretty much what I expected, but with the new wave of dynafit bindings released, and the limited information I've found on them (the superlites) so far, I was hoping they could do the job. Maybe they'll make the cut when I get my next pair.