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In terms of performance, the Fischer Racing R3 Skate Binding is one step down from Fischer's top-tier race binding, the Xcelerator Skate NIS, and one step up from the do-it-all performance binding, the Combi Auto. It's not quite a full-blown race binding, but it's not meant to be a cruiser either. Fischer has been in the Nordic business for decades and, over time, it has learned the value of trickling race technology into its more mid-range performance options—this binding is proof of that theory, in spades.

Ideally suited for advanced skiers or experts with an efficient skate technique, this binding has a stiff flex and its more than capable of delivering power and helping you precisely direct your ski. Coupled with a performance skate boot like the Fischer RC5 or an entry-level skate boot like the Fischer RC3, this binding truly shines when you're flowing along down the track or enjoying a lively skate around the resort. Thanks to the backward compatibility of the NIS boot-and-binding system, you can use either NNN or NIS boots with this NNN binding. Additionally, this binding can be mounted directly to any skate ski that doesn't already have an integrated-binding mounting plate attached at the topsheet.

  • Step into this NNN binding with an NIS- or NNN-compatible boot and manually lock the toe in place before you start skating
  • This manual locking mechanism is more resistant to icing than an automatic mechanism, so it creates the most reliable connection
  • R3 binding features Fischer's stiffest binding flex—this stiff flex also stiffens the ski flex underfoot, creating a stable and snappy platform for each kick and glide
  • Binding plate uses a pair of guide rails that interface with grooves on the bottom of your NNN-compatible boot—these rails eliminate the potential for your boot to slip laterally off the binding during your kick, so your boot and ski maintain perfect horizontal position for maximum power
  • Streamlined design allows your boot to sit low and close to the ski
  • There's minimal lift from the guide rails underfoot, so you won't feel like you're compromising balance because your binding is stacked too high
  • NNN binding screws into the top sheet of your skate ski
  • We highly recommend having this binding mounted by a Nordic ski professional or local shop
  • Due to the screw-in mounting system and full-length guide plate, this binding pair weighs in at 310g, which makes it one of the heavier performance-oriented skate bindings offered by Fischer
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Solid bindings if you like NNN

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Salomon seems to be much more popular in the US, but if you go to Scandinavia and other skiing centers Alpina boots often dominate, which means R3 NNN bindings if you're using non-NIS skis. And for rollerskis there is no other option. Strong, stable, and mountable on any ski. Only one pair has broken of about 12 I own, and that is likely due to age (over 10 years now). Length adjustment isn't perfect and the lack of fore/aft change is annoying, but you get a lot more simplicity and durability in exchange. Just be sure to have a professional mounting done.