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You want your legs to be as fresh as possible when you attack tight chutes and navigate rocky cliffs. This means light equipment, steel thighs, and max lock-down for the descent. Dynafit made the TLT Vertical FT Binding both light and strong, just for you.

  • Combination of CrMo and pure-stainless steels adds strength while keeping weight low (530g without stopper)
  • Low height for direct energy transfer to ski
  • Four metal attachment points distribute force evenly for torsional stability and control during descents
  • Self-guiding wings for quick entry
  • Climbing heel-height adjustment system activates easily using your pole tip
  • Backcountry Magazing '09 Editors Choice Winner
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Highly recommended

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I bought these for my first touring set up based off the recommendation of my friends and the local pro shop and I couldn't be happier. I'm 6'2 215lb and haven't had any issues or concerns with these bindings on the accent or downhill. After 2 seasons of use they still look and feel new. As some of the other reviewers have stated I do find changing the heel position a pain, depending on what the conditions are like, I will usually pop out and bend down to change heel position with my hands rather than trying to do it with my pole, although I can do with my pole if in the deep pow. I would highly recommend, but if doing advanced touring with multiple hill angles I would think about going with the newer model with the flip over heel raisers rather than the turn based system on this model.

Highly recommended

The best

    hands down amazing. learning how to change heel settings does take a bit of practice but I find it easier than the Dukes. So unbelievably light and feel solid, will take some time to get to trust them but have high hopes. no complaints whatsoever. I've got stronger legs thanks to the Dukes, but I just can't see how you can do serious touring with them unless you are a glutton for punishment.

    Love 'em!

      I beat them up with some lift serve before I took them to the back woods. They released when I needed them to and held when I didn't. I've experienced a couple other AT bindings first hand, and for big days with long approaches or if you can only afford one setup this is the way to go. Great product. My only regret? Not getting them years ago. Now if I could only find a man as well built and reliable.

      Solid binding

        Being well over 200lbs and used to skiing high DIN bindings, I was leery of investing in the TLT's since they only have a high setting of only 12--especially since I knew that in most situations I would be adding the weight of heavy pack. But, after reading pretty much every review on this site and others and taking into consideration that fact that I would never be skiing these in the resort, I decided they sounded like the way to go.



        The dh performance is indeed solid and the weight of the bindings is great when going up. My only issue is that I found toe piece releases very easily in skinning mode with even the slightest twisting movement. Because of this, some sort of leash is critical. Even after making sure the boot holes were snow-free and secure--toe piece as tight as it would go/wiggling the ski back and forth to test--they seemed really easy to release. My introduction to the binding was skinning up the icy, runneled, sun-cooked west face of Mt. Shasta and there was a lot of slipping and torque on that toe piece so that played a factor but something to be aware of.



        Overall the setup seems good. Downhill performance is on par with an alpine binding and I can't wait to put more days on them. I have these mounted to 188 Salomon Guns and have the Dynafit Zeus boots.

        Dynafit TLT Vertical FT Z12

          I both this 2 months ago and I had them install on a pair of Volkl Mantra. This week I had the chance to try them and they rock...Very easy to use and very solid even in the resort. Very happy with them.

          broken z12 brake

          The 2012 Z12 has a serious design flaw in the brake. Second day with them I was taking a warmup run on a groomer. Heel twisted out (was set too low) and it blew the hinge rivet out of the proxmal side of the brake. Twisted the brake all to hell, brake didn't deploy, ski got away. Next day, after wiring it together with two cotter pins, I was in the backcountry and my guide told me he'd done exactly the same thing the first day he'd ridden his. BC is getting the brake replaced, but having this happen on a lengthy tour would really suck. Dynafit needs to redesign the new brakes.

          broken z12 brake

          Because your better than Fritschi

            I used to ski with Fritschi Freerides. Here's the deal: if you want more efficiency, faster skin times, less of a quad workout, and more ladies crying your name at the parking lot, get some Dynafits. Totally worth the $ (money).

            Can't get any better!

              I have been out on tours where my friends have had to tie their boots to the ski due to binding failures. I have put mine to the test and never had an issue. They are amazing and the way to go for light and reliable in the backcountry.

              WOW!!!

                All I can say is WOW!!! I've toured in fritschis, naxos, dukes, barons, and trekkers. And these blow all of them out of the water. They are so light, and tour so well. The pivoting motion, and the fact that you are only lifting your boot make uphill ascents so much easier, with so much less fatigue. I was hesitant at first on the downhill considering you are only held in by 4 pins. However I was thoroughly impressed with how solid they felt, and how well they skied. A+ for sure. Definitely transformed the way I think about backcountry skiing.

                A Do Everything Touring Binding, With a Few Caveats

                  First off, this is the best binding for going uphill with anything you are doing. Period. Getting in and out of the binding takes a little bit of practice. Setting the climbing height of the heel piece needs about twice that amount of practice. But, once you get that down, you'll be eating uphill vertical.

                  Going downhill. I know the minimalist design may look sketchy, but it does work well to very well in a backcountry setting (small to large amounts of pow and corn snow). The only time it gets sketchy is when you are running harder snow on a resort.

                  A few issues though. I feel this binding has a width limit to it. I mounted this binding on a 191cm Surface Live Life (120mm waist) and side-hilling on this setup in hard snow is a nightmare along with trying to turn on really hard snow on steeper pitches. Also, I feel there is a reason why Dynafit does not make a ski wider than 105mm. Try to keep it to that or less unless the skinning is technically easy. (It is most likely true that I have also mounted this binding too far forward on the ski which may not allow me to reach the meat of the ski as well as I should)

                  Overall, it is a fantastic touring binding which got a decent athlete doing over 1,000 vertical an hour after two trips and also has me enjoying the pow turns on the way down.

                  Only way to ski the backcountry

                    I switched to Dynafit a few years ago, and wish I'd done it sooner. They're so light and ski so well that nothing else compares. Not having to lift the weight of your bindings with every step (as you do with all non-tech bindings) makes such a difference that a 3,000' skin goes from being a big day to being a good warmup. There is definitely some fiddling and learning once you start using Dynafits, but it's a quick learning curve and completely worth it.

                    These are great bindings, but if you don't need the release value of 12, save a few bucks and go with the ST. The little connector piece does absolutely nothing beyond look cool, and I only have FTs because I got a deal on them. If you care about having a solid plate, the Radical FT (coming next season) have a functional binding plate.

                    Concerns....

                      I've now skied 4 days on these bindings and would give them 5 stars for the ascent portion but have serious issues on the downhill.

                      I am 6'3 and with all the gear probably 250lbs. My ski style is somewhat aggressive (controlled Super G) when inbounds. Even in powder I like to make strong arching turns but this is when this binding has failed me a few times.

                      I will give my opinion but would really like to hear from anyone offering a solution to my lack of confidence in these bindings.

                      Since the heel portion of the this binding will TURN into 3 elevated position to accommodate the steepness of the terrain when going up, the heel will want to do the same when you're coming down the hill!! I slid out of the heel during a simple turn more than once with the initial setting (no it's not a DIN setting) at 9. After a few of these falls, I turned it all the way to a 12. Now I can't turn the heel piece with the end of my pole which is fine but I have no trust that it still won't kick me out of the binding if I happen to be inbounds and want to make some stronger turns.

                      I understand that a binding needs to release you at some point but these turns were amateur....

                      Possible solutions are to decrease the space between the heel pins and the boot (beyond the Dynafit recommended settings)?

                      Anyone with some insight? Much appreciated.

                      Patrick,
                      I'm confused...your heel piece is turning when you have the pins locked into the back of your boots? I have cracked the crap outta mine, and never had a pre-release, even on hop turns! Are you sure your toes are both in the hole settings?? The Din setting also shouldn't have that big of an effect on you changing the climbing assistance setting.

                      Excellnet AT Binding

                        I've been touring with a new FT Z12 Binding mounted to a pair of 177 Solomon Lords. I've aggressively skied all kinds of conditions and so far the binding's shown little resistance from powder to bumps to ice. They are super light weight and easy to use--they are true 'step-in' bindings. I haven't had any ice build-up problems.

                        I have been slowly working the DIN up to 12. I am at 8 and see no need to go further. 6'1'', 195 lbs. The bindings have been from the Cascades to Whiteface and back and have showed no signs of releasing unless I do something stupid like cross the skis on a pop turn and cause a user-error'd, premature release.

                        The only problem I may encounter down the road concerns the longevity of the carbon base plate (or whatever it's made of) but so far so good. No signs of wear despite many days of use.

                        I can't say enough good stuff about the system!

                        Hi,

                        do you have the spare toepiece available ?

                        Unanswered Question

                        Is it possible to detach the brakes and replace them with wider brakes after purchasing them for skis fatter than 110mm? Also, are the toe and heel pieces connected via the plate, or is that just to stiffen the binding? I have very large feet, so i want to make sure that these will accommodate 30.5 ski boots. thanks!

                        Hi Im a very aggresive skiier and wondering...

                        Hi Im a very aggresive skiier and wondering if these would be the right fit for me. Im 170 lbs 5'11 and hoping to tour big cliffs and put these through the wringer in terms of speed and fast turns/jumps in the powder. Can these take it? And also when do you get these back in stock?

                        The beauty of the Dynafit TLT Vertical FT Binding is that it combines light weight design and agressiveness in one binding. However it looks like we do not have any currently in stock and do not have any on order at the moment.



                        If you are not so concerned about the weight of your binding and just want a high DIN binding that will support you through anything I would suggest the Dynafit TLT Radical FT or Marker Dukes.

                        Unanswered Question

                        Hi Im a very aggresive skiier and wondering...

                        Hi Im a very aggresive skiier and wondering if these would be the right fit for me. Im 170 lbs 5'11 and hoping to tour big cliffs and put these through the wringer in terms of speed and fast turns/jumps in the powder. Can these take it? And also when do you get these back in stock?

                        Just heading off in a couple of weeks on...

                        Just heading off in a couple of weeks on my first stint on a touring set up, K2 Hardside, Scarpa Maestrale RS and Dynafit TLT Vertical FT's. I am a fairly aggressive skier, weight 75 kgs so just want to know what suggested din settings I should go for as piste skis are set at 7 and pocket rockets at 8 but obviously these are totally different bindings. Is there only the one setting on the heel mech or is there one on the toe as well? Thanks K

                        Hi Keith - yes, only one setting on the heel for this binding. I ski a 14 DIN on my alpine bindings but have never come out of my Dynafits set at 8, so you should be good there. All bindings, Dynafit included, function best when they aren't maxed out to the top of their DIN range, but you'll be fine to ride this binding at roughly the same DIN as your alpine skis unless you prefer to have them release differently when you're touring.

                        Hi, can you ship this item to Australia?...

                        Hi,



                        can you ship this item to Australia? If yes how much?



                        Cheers - Ian



                        ian@restaurantblancmange.com.au

                        We can indeed ship this to Oz. For the exact cost just go ahead and add it to your cart and proceed to checkout, there enter your shipping info and it will tell you how much it will be (nothing is charged at that point). Please note that this does not include any tariffs or fees that Australia may impose at customs. Those would be your responsibility.

                        does dynafit make a crampon that fits this...

                        does dynafit make a crampon that fits this binding?

                        thank you.

                        109/78/95 skis. scarpa spirit 3 boots....

                        109/78/95 skis. scarpa spirit 3 boots. which bindings dynafit will work?

                        weigh 178 pounds, ski sierras, not agro. thank you.

                        i'm re-entering skiiing after a failed...

                        i'm re-entering skiiing after a failed hiatus trying to learn how to snowboard - apparently i just don't do both feet tied to the same plane.



                        i'm a very aggressive skiier. once upon a time ski patroller. i'm interested in alpine touring and will be hitting the slopes at local ski resorts.



                        i'm having a terrible time trying to suss out the different dynafit bindings. i don't understand the difference between st and ft. [why does the radical ft have a bridge, and the radical st doesn't?] i also don't understand the difference between the vertical and the radical series. dynafit's site doesn't seem to have the info i'm looking for.



                        currently the only things i've got are my boots - a pair of scarpa pegasus'. can someone help me with my seemingly noob questions?

                        Best Answer

                        I know all these terms sure can be confusing. So the different between the ST and the FT is really the DIN setting and weight. The ST has a max DIN of 10 and the FT is 12, the FT weighs a little more. The FT also has the plate to add some stiffness to the binding to improve the way it feels, it also adds weight. The Vertical series is Dynafit's old style compared to the new Radical. The differences is the Radical has a slightly wider toe piece and the climbing bar is much easier as it just flips in and out of the 3 different modes. The Radical toe pieces also have a notch on the toe piece that helps facilitate binding entry. People still use the Vertical series and love them. You can hit me up directly 1800-409-4502 ext 4181 if you have any other questions.

                        can these bindings be adjusted to fit any...

                        can these bindings be adjusted to fit any boot sole length or is there a minimum to how small they will go? I'm wondering if I can get them to fit some 22.5 ski boots (specific boot sole length TBD). Thank you!

                        What is the widest ski I can mount the...

                        What is the widest ski I can mount the Dynafit TLT Vertical Binding (92mm brakes)without removing the brakes?

                        About 98-100mm underfoot would be the max. That would require @4mm of extra spread per edge. Any more than that and you can tweak the brake. Wider brakes are available (up to 130mm): http://www.backcountry.com/dynafit-ski-stopper-tlt-vertical-comfort-crampon

                        Just wrapped up my 8th day in a row of...

                        Just wrapped up my 8th day in a row of skiing, all at resort with my new coombacks mounted w/these dynafits. I have some concerns about the binding but it may be a function of operator error and/or something w/mounting. the toe piece on my right ski has pre-released several times this week, once at very high speed. the brake mechanism also popped off in that same crash. My only explanation for the toe pre-releasing is possibly some snow/ice build up underneath. I know big mountain guides, heli guys, vert b/c skiers use this binding so I know i'm not pushing it beyond its limits. Sandy, any ideas?

                        I'd also lean towards snow or ice buildup for the pre-release. Its best to cycle the toe mechanism a time or two before stepping in using your pole, that tends to break up most snow or ice under it. Then step in to the toe piece but before you step into the heel lift your foot a time or two which rotates the ski up and down and then the cutting grooves on the toe pins clear any snow or ice in the pin holes on your boots, then step down on the heel and you should be good to go.

                        John, Arthur is right on target about clearing the toe piece and rotating your boot in the pins. Other things to check: proper DIN setting, proper forward pressure (the Dynafit "spacer" should fit btw boot and heel piece, but should be a bit stiff to pull out). Only a few mm either way can mess with your release. I'm not sure about the brake coming off. Possibly check all screws for tightness, etc.

                        I'd like to add to this here, Sandy and Arthur are spot on on this, but here is another tip...

                        When I step the toe piece in I pick the whole ski up and "wag" it back and forth a few times (just like twice) then I step down into the heel piece. This helps to ensure that both toe grommets (holes) are set correctly and that one it's just a hair or two off. Does that make sense?

                        I had the same problem, with my Coombas "chattering" on ice, then one ski (Vertical ST) would occasionally release. Found this excellent article, and realized one ski release value was set too light. Here is a series of illustrations on how to adjust the DIN setting..
                        www.wildsnow.com/1549/

                        Can someone guide me on changing the DIN...

                        Can someone guide me on changing the DIN or pointing me in the direction of a video? I've only changed din on alpine bindings, is it pretty much the same?

                        It is possible to adjust both vertical and twist DIN on these bindings. On the rear of the heel piece are 2 adjustment screws. One is the large screw on the "outside" and one is a small screw recessed above the large one. The windows which show your settings are on the side of the heelpiece (clearly seen in one of the closeups above). There is a DIN calculator at http://www.dinsetting.com/. Whenever possible it is STRONGLY recommended to have any adjustments done by a qualified Dynafit shop technician.

                        Just bought this binding and used it today...

                        Just bought this binding and used it today for the first time at the resort. I wanted to do some easy tele-turns on a gentle slope so I was in 'walk/hike' mode on the binding. 2nd or 3rd turn the ski popped off and went down the hill. luckily someone saw it and I retrieved it. Question- i stepped in, it clicked, and i pulled the lever up on the toe piece, heard it click. Is there something else I should be doing or ??? didn't think the ski should come off so easy.

                        Retention on a tech-system binding is a function of the heel in combination with the toe. It's not really designed to be able to tele-turn. 2 other thoughts. It's good practice whenever you step in to rotate the boot 3-4 times. This will make sure the toe pins cut out any snow/ice in the metal boot inserts. Also, there are a couple of "clicks" when you pull the toe lever up in walk mode. More clicks = more retention, though still not truly enough for tele.

                        How much do these stiffen the natural flex...

                        How much do these stiffen the natural flex of the ski? Can't decide between these and the TLT Radical ST Binding. I know the din is different, but I'm looking for the best backcountry option

                        Would these go well in the Armada Vjj?? ...

                        Would these go well in the Armada Vjj?? Do I need to get a new pair of boots for these bindings

                        Hi. I am interested in either the vertical...

                        Hi. I am interested in either the vertical FT or ST. I am 6' and weigh 170 lbs. I ski pretty aggressively but this will be almost purely for bc. Do you think i really gain anything by going with the FT?

                        Finally, do you think or does anyone know for sure if I can use the 92mm brake on a k2 hardside at 98mm. How much shaving or bending has been required on your 98mm skis? Thanks much !!

                        Thanks for the reply. One more question? Considering what I said regarding my size and that I ski pretty agressively, do you think I can use a speed radical? Thanks for anyone who can respond to the drawbacks of the speed radical versus the st. I'm not concerned with having brakes, just with performance!

                        Would these bindings do well on a K2...

                        Would these bindings do well on a K2 darkside? At 128 underfoot I am wondering if they wouldn't handle it..

                        It may depend on your use. Hucking 40-footers may stress the binding a bit... The new Radical FT has more beef. There is a support plate under the toe piece and a larger, stiffer carbon connecting plate between the toe and heel. They should be back on the Backcountry.com site in a few days.

                        I've got some on the BD Gigawatt (135 underfoot) and they work great. Skiing soft snow obviously. With a Maestrale boot, so it may depend on how beefy your boots are. I think the "support plate" is bs, but that aside they do have a solid track record of being up for the task.

                        Can I get these with a 130 mm waist?

                        Can I get these with a 130 mm waist?

                        Unanswered Question

                        Write your question here...I have the 92...

                        Write your question here...I have the 92 mm brakes. Anyone want to trade for the 110mm's???

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                        todd@rescuerealty.ca