David Kern

David Kern

Bozeman/Big Sky

David Kern's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing

David Kern's Bio

If it snows I'll be skiing if its anything else I'm fishing.

David Kern

David Kern wrote a review of on January 7, 2012

5 5

And that's the Switchback X2,
The Switchback family of bindings are the best Telemark Touring binding you can get low on weight most of the binding stays with the ski on your stride and ever since Voile switch to the Heat-treated 410 stainless steel on the toe plates there bullet proof. Get the Switchback if your turn is Medium to high and get the Switchback X2 if you rip as low as a boot will let you go.

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David Kern

David Kern wrote a review of on January 7, 2012

2 5

Sure its a lot better then touring with a Hammerhead but put up against a Voile Switchback X2 this thing feels like a brick, its not the over all weight that kills each stride its the fact that when in tour mode it moves most of the binding to the bottom of your boot so on each stride you lift 80% of the binding this sucks on long tours.
Another problem is that to make a touring hammerhead they had to put the compression springs under the boot which makes the binding sit up higher then the hammerhead this is bad for touring putting your weight higher off the ski makes you tipper and does not ski as nice as a hammerhead and last but not least the binding rattles like crazy at the point that holds it in to ski mode, so not really sure if it shakes there when skiing or not but it just seems wrong. Oh wait one more thing getting in to tour mode is super hard to do with carbon ski pole so plan on taking the ski off to do this and use your fingers.

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David Kern

David Kern wrote a review of on January 7, 2012

3 5

This binding really only has one advantage over the much lighter Dynafit bindings and that is you can go from ski to tour without taking the ski off.
But at the price it really is not worth all the other plastic and moving parts that come with it, lets be honest it looks like a nightmare in the back county.
That being said it has not broke yet and it seems to work smooth.
So I would say get it if your more 70% Resort 30% back country other wise look at some of the new Dynafit bindings there getting better each model year.

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David Kern

David Kern wrote a review of on January 7, 2012

4 5

I was able to demo the Titan till my Ultralights showed up, Some things to think about compared to the normal Titan- plastic used on the ultralight is way easier to get in and out of in the cold, the liner on the ultralight fits a bit bigger mostly it just feels softer so it seems to have more room this is nice and all but to help lighten the weight they do not have an option to put laces in the liner so being a little looser fitting and no laces my heel slips a little more on the up hill when the top buckles are loose, Not that big of a deal just something to think about.
All that aside I really like this boot its fast on the up hill super stiff on the down hill.

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