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wasatch_mtn_man wrote a review of on December 10, 2010

5 5

I have ridden Switchbacks and currently have a pair of BD 01s on one of my tele set ups but I have always loved my hammerheads for the resort. Even liked them better than the now-discontinued Bishop Bombers. Now with the touring mode, you simply don't need anything else to have fun on today's skis in the backcountry. Love these bindings.

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wasatch_mtn_man wrote a review of on December 10, 2010

5 5

I turned to telemark after switching over to skis several years ago and sometimes missed the flotation of a fat board. These fatties bring back the flotation! Had a chance to ride these in mixed conditions today. Have mine mounted with Axls. As expected, they are super fun in the fresh deeper snow. They seemed super turny in the trees - I think partly a combo of the rocker with their light weight. Perform reasonably well for a light backcountry ski on the groomers back to the lift. Where I did notice a loss in performance was the skied-up crud and choppy snow. They seem too light for this kind of skiing. But hey, that's not what they're for right? Great combination of fat and light for the backcountry and deep, light resort days.

Update: Took them to the hills today in light snow about 10 inches deep. Feel very light on the way up (have BD STS split skins) and a blast on the way down.

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wasatch_mtn_man wrote a review of on September 22, 2009

5 5

Switched over from the Mythos b/c the Mythos lacing pattern was digging into my achilles tendons. Love the 'mid-top' style that reminds me of my older pair of shoes with ankle protection. Excellent edging, sticky and comfortable. My only complaint is that the tongue tends to 'roll' as you are putting the shoe on and can be a hassle but not enough to knock off any stars. If it is true that Tommy Caldwell helped with the design for the all day trad shoe with great versatility - mission accomplished.

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wasatch_mtn_man wrote a review of on March 17, 2009

5 5

I have tried G3's, Voile Switchbacks, BD O1's and Bomber Bishop's and so far I like these the best. For the backcountry I use BD O1's and also love them, especially the touring mode, but for the resort I love the Hammerheads. I have them mounted on the 22 Design's adaptor plate because I didn't want to drill extra holes that wouldn't be compatible with other bindings and it has worked great so far. I love the adjustability. Can notch them up tight to feel like the Bishop's or loose more like the mid-stiff carts on the O1's for the powder (and thus can reduce tip-dive). They are even great for parallel turns. The climbing wire is 'spring-loaded' and very easy to flip up and down. Why can't all wires be this easy? My only complaint is that sometimes I can hear a 'squeak' from the cables when dropping the knee.

Doubt I'll ever use anything else for the resort. If the Axl ends up being light then may even consider switching my back country set-up.

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