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Switch your set-up to the super-sturdy and easy-to-use Scarpa (Rottefella) NTN Binding system when your telemark binders don’t cut it on steep lines and big cliff hucks. With compatible boots (sold separately) the New Telemark Norm (NTN) lives up to its name once you lock down the forefoot section of the boot with a quick flick of the front lever. Then the innovative binding delivers unmatched boot-to-edge response and great lateral stability for the confidence and power you need to go bigger and faster than the heel-imprisoned alpine brethren you used to envy.

  • Uphill mode disengages the tension for easy strides and features a flip-up heel piece for climbing steep skin tracks
  • Select a large or small binding size to match your NTN boot’s size
  • Colors correspond to the binding’s adjustable power tubes, or springs, and should be selected based on ability, weight, age, and boot size
  • White tubes are extra soft for beginners and older skiers with small boots
  • Green tubes are a tad stiffer for more confident skiers with small boots or novice skiers with large boots
  • Blue tubes are the standard for large boot sizes and full-fill the needs of most average-sized skiers that rip the resort
  • Red tubes (sold separately) bring pro-level tension to the NTN for the heaviest skiers that huck and rip like a sponsorship deal is on the line
  • Symmetrical binding allows switching between skis to keep edges sharp longer
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I'm happy...

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Great performance when pushing hard in all conditions, which gives you the confidence to push harder. I'm sure the new boot-binding set-up helped me progress my technique.

Release system works when you need it to. I've released 3 or 4 times in the 60-70 days used, at least one of which would've been an ACL injury...

On the down side, they're pretty heavy, and a big financial commitment with new boots & all

Resort Ripper

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have read and digested every possible review to be found on the NTN interface system for telemark. Taking the plunge was a gamble, as you just can't go out and demo this gear here in the east! Opted for the gamble and mounted up the Freeride with the Garmont Prophet, removed the hammerheads and went out on the hill with moderate trepidation, having read the technique adjustment statements out there. After one day on the hill in packed powder eastern conditions, I will never return to cable bindings for resort tele. These things are incredible. Apline carves are stable and you can pressure the cuff if you like, no "over the handle bars" feeling at high speeds. The Tele turns hook up on the uphill ski instantly, with no slop and drive the ski to it's optimum, carving and smearing as you desire. Turn transition is smooth and edge control powerful, probably not for the true "knee to ski" folks out there due to pivot range. Not much adjustment period, if you know how to carve a turn on any gear. A little weird in that it was mounted boot center at first, but dialed in quickly. I might opt for a 1 cm aft of center for western apps.

Surprisingly good touring, too!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Setup: TX Pro 29.5, Blue springs, setting 2.5

If you've got your 75mm set up dialed in and you like the way it feels, then by all means stick with it. For all of it's advantages, NTN has a very different feel than your 75mm. The best way to describe it would be "mechanical." With all of the additional power comes a sort of detachment as the boot and binding do most of the work. Organic transitions tend to give way to more of a clicking in and out of position and more hockey-stop style turning, especially on groomers. You can see this stylistic difference in a lot of youtube videos.

After practicing on groomers I finally got these out for some backcountry and mountaineering trips, and to my surprise they were fantastic. I know these were designed with the downhill in mind, but I felt totally comfortable on the climbs and even some long flat tours. Personally, I find it very helpful that these have a somewhat limited range of pivoting--it makes kick turns and now clearing much easier, and translates more of your leg-work into forward ski motion. Granted, these bindings are still much heavier than they need to be, which is evident in the new Freedom binding.

Now, most important, test your new equipment thoroughly before hitting the slopes. Particularly, BENCH TEST THE RELEASE MECHANISM repeatedly. Adjust your spring cartridges to a level at which you are comfortable with the release. I find that blue cartridges turned past '3' are very hard to wrangle out of the binding. Release will be inconsistent until the bindings have worn in the bill of the boot a bit.

The Good, The Bad, The (not) Ugly

    The good: I love the way this skis. Great edge control, great feel, easy in/out. The good is really good.

    The bad: After about 20 days, I cracked both toe pieces. Now, today, on day 66 (46 on the replacement) I've cracked another.

    The (not ugly): Thank goodness I bought these from backcountry. I will be returning them. I have the Scarpa TX boot, which I'll hold on to until next season when I'll try next year's model. I don't want to give up on this set up, as I do love it, but I may be forced to. I'll stick with it for a while, but I can't say I recommend someone else pull the trigger due to durability issues. Having said that, if you get them from backcountry, at least you know you'll get full satisfaction if things go wrong! I've included a picture of the damage I've been getting.

    The Good, The Bad, The (not) Ugly

    DID NOT release in crash.

      I've been on the NTN for over a year now. The binding does deliver the power and is a fun telemark experience, however the release is questionable. I crashed while racing NASTAR and ended up in a tumbling crash and the binding DID NOT release. I was racing green tubes set at 3 and I weigh 150 pounds. My ankle is fractured and I'll be having my knee examined this week. I still want to tele, but I'll probably look at the Voile CRB or Garmont 7tm as options. I certainly will not race a tele binding again. NTN is a fun binding, just don't rely on it releasing to save your bones/ligaments.

      NTN rocks!

        I've skied since I was 3, and I still love downhill to bits. I've got 4 pairs of skis for different occasions, and I tried telemark once before on 75mm bindings,,, and just couldn't enjoy it. I just bought myself some black diamond skis with the NTN bindings, and MY GOD, what an experience. For an ex downhill skier, the NTN standard gives such precise edge control, no flippy rear ski, but just SO much fun and allowing you to enjoy such different aspects to skiing that you've done before. It just opens up a new challenging but FUN style of skiing, and so far after 5 runs, I LOVE TELEMARK!!!

        Three Seasons in...

          I've been on the NTNs for three seasons, now. Before that, I was on a pair of Rotefella wire bindings. The difference is night and day.

          The NTN system is phenomenal. Where my old wires put tension on the boot and lifted the heel, tossing me forward, the NTNs remain flat but engage immediately. The tension feels very linear and smooth. The design of the NTNs lock the boot in place, allowing no lateral flex. My old wires would stretch side to side. Touring mode engages effortlessly and pivots freely. I did have one incident where the wire got caught in the mechanism and wouldn't release the binding properly, but that was easy to fix.

          I weigh around 200 lbs and blue springs on about a 4-4.5 feel good. I'm not fighting the skis at all, but they do what I ask of them. As my technique gets better, the NTNs get better. Proper front-to-back balance elicits beautiful, almost effortless turns out of these things. I'm an NTN convert for life.

          Also, if you reverse the heel lifts, they're much easier to pop into touring mode with a pole.

          Three Seasons in...

          nice binding but there's a hidden cost

            I have not yet had a chance to ski these bindings yet. they seem well built. my only gripe so far concerns the brakes. the brakes included are for a 95mm waist ski. to me that means 90% of folks will have to spend another $40 to get the 110 or 125mm brake for their skis. lame.

            From Alpine to NTN

              I've only been skiing NTN for 2 days but I love it! I went from a complete alpine set up and the difference in control and stability is mind-blowing. Just watching people ski NTN vs tele you can see the difference on how much more control you have with these bindings. Can't wait to get back on the slopes and ski some more!

              Best safety feature in the freeheel world...

                Read any avalanche info, and it'll say "if caught in a slide, take your skis off ASAP".
                Unlike most other tele bindings, these bindings release in a crash. That might just keep you alive in the backcountry. What more do I need to say?

                Unfortunately a week ago I broke my ankle with my ntn setup because the binding did not release. And it was a fall that it definately should of. A spiral fracture, right now docs are saying 6-8 weeks of staying off foot...
                :-( BUT other than that, I was really beginning to like the whole setup. That was probably day 5 on them.

                I agree. These bindings are not meant to release in your casual fall. They might release after damage to your body is already done, but not before. The rubbery Vibram sole and the jaw that grabs the toe of the boot will not allow it to twist out. I challenge those who have these bindings to bench test the release mechanism and post their findings on youtube.

                Best telemark i've ever had

                  Coming from Norway, i've done a lot of freeheeling, started out in my childhood. With NTN i've had my best telemarking so far. Probably the best invention coming from Norway since the outboard engine...

                  Stick with it

                    I have skied this binding now for three three years (six seasons). At first I did not like the change coming from hammerheads/bd 01s and t races. This feeling lasted about a week. I had sold all my old gear so was committed and had to keep skiing it. There was a point after about 4-5 days when it suddenly clicked and i stopped trying so hard. This binding requires better technique or should i say rewards better technique as opposed to muscling turns around.
                    If you try NTN dont give up after only a day of trying, stick with it, and the benefits will pay off.

                    Stick with it

                    Love em just get right tubes

                      The tubes make a huge difference in feel. do some research on the net for more info and find the chart that relates skier weight, to binding tension and style. this, is not noted above (or i missed it) and will provide better description of binding style.

                      NTN Binding....not without problems but nice.

                        These are nice bindings, I have never tele'd before using these. Been going about 1 season not and seem to be picking it up just fine, though having difficulty in deep pow (because of ski width). The only problem I have had w/ these is that snow packs under the arch (under the springs) and turns to ice (in the sierras). My bro cracked his NTN binding because of this. It was replaced, we found the solution to cut out a bit of rubber matting and wedge it into place. That prevents the snow sticking when skiing pow or backcountry. Hopefully this will help others if they get the same problem. I think others will complain and eventually some refinements will be made to the binding.


                          Wow! I felt like I was back on my Alpine skis again and it's been years since I've skied them- binding was strange at first, but put your ski on edge, get some speed up and the stability was amazing. When I get tired or going too fast, go into a parallel and it was awesome. Just starting out with these, but after 1 day I'm sold. Can't wait to get more days in to really utilize these. Balance and drive point was different, but once I figured it out, no problem. At the end of the day my quads were no where near as tired as usual. Great for in area- I'd still use my other gear for backcountry.

                          Switch Tele Anyone?

                            I have long been searching for the setup that would allow me to dial my switch tele, as it is the only aspect of alpine that I miss having left behind. Well here it is! These bindings plus the black stiff springs= sheer perfection and total control. The flex is so smooth, and so solid. This is the New Telemark Norm, period.

                            Coastin' With Friends

                            Nothing but NTN bindings for me.

                            That's a nice video. From a review standpoint, it would be more helpful to see a video of you, taken from someone else's viewpoint, skiing the binding. Also, have you tele'd the Axl or Hammerhead prior to using this binding? Thanks for submitting the video, it does help!

                            Sorry I didn't see this comment until now. First off yes I did ski the Hammerhead before switching over. I really enjoyed the Hammerhead/Axl out of the 75 mm options. But after going this route, I feel that my control definitely increased with NTN and I feel that the system also aided in helping me ski with a better technique.

                            Honestly if you were to give these guys at least 5 days of full effort into figuring the adjustments with the NTN system, you'll be surprised how much you can do and how much easier it is to control your ski.

                            Here's a video link with some regular cam action in it. I'm usually stuck behind the cam so it's hard getting time in front of the cam. I aso posted it as a new review.

                            Love 'em and won't be switching back to 75 mm

                              I no longer own any 75 mm telemark gear. I absolutely love my NTN gear. Pair this binding up with Scarp Comps and red catridges, and you'll see the mountain differently. This binding requires proper technique (pressuring the cuff versus collapsing the bellows with a duckbill) so be prepared on the initial switch. I don't think I could switch back to 75 mm.

                              FYI- do not follow this photo for mounting....

                              FYI- do not follow this photo for mounting. The heel piece in the photo is backwards. REI's photo is backwards as well. You'd never be able to flip the heel piece up for tour mode with your pole in this position. Has anyone else noticed this?

                              When the shop first mounted mine, they attached the heel backwards. I assume they were going off the pictures. I struggled for two seasons to flip the riser up while touring. Then, I talked to a Scarpa rep buddy who was riding the NTN and he showed me the light. A quick flip and life in tour mode has been cake!

                              So, yes. The picture is backwards. The pivot should be toward the front of the heel and the black section should curve with the heel of the boot. Garmont has the picture right. So does Scarpa.

                              I wear a 31. But I'm dying to try NTN. Do...

                              I wear a 31. But I'm dying to try NTN. Do you think it's possible? Or will I have to squeeze into 30.5s?

                              I wear a US 8.5 size scarpa T1, would I...

                              I wear a US 8.5 size scarpa T1, would I need the long or short binding when getting ntn boots and bindings

                              Is there any difference in this years NTN...

                              Is there any difference in this years NTN binding vs prior years (other than color)?

                              Does anyone know where to get some extra...

                              Does anyone know where to get some extra set screws for these bindings (perhaps backcountry could hook me up with some...)? I bought some base plates from here, but one of my set screw head stripped while loosening it to get the bindings off my other skis.

                              I heard you need special telemark boots...

                              I heard you need special telemark boots for these bindings, is that true? Why wouldn't you be able to use regular tele boots?

                              When is the new season's model coming...

                              When is the new season's model coming in?

                              Well I've skied and toured on NTN freedoms. For downhill the big advantage is stability and touring is good too EXCEPT you can't fit ski crampons so that rules out steeper more technical climbs. I use Scarpa Terminator which are brilliant and they will work will Dynafit bindings. Regarding release, I am light, around 70 kg and not an aggressive skier and I've had a couple of tumbles when I would have expected the bindings to release. Alas, no but luckily I'm still in one piece. I am using the medium springs and the recommended release settings so a bit puzzled. My skis are Movement Logics which are quite light and also brilliant. Although I like the NTN's compared to 75mm I'm worried why they didn't release. Seems like a common thread reading the comments above.

                              Looking to switch from Hamerheads to NTN....

                              Looking to switch from Hamerheads to NTN. How do they compare? I can see the pro's of the NTN as far as easier touring, crampon compatable boots, Dtnafit crossover etc., but how do they ski? I use the extra stiff HH springs.

                              I'm thinking of going NTN with BD Verdicts...

                              I'm thinking of going NTN with BD Verdicts that are 102 under foot. does anyone know if / how you can get wider brakes?

                              how wide are these bindings, what width...

                              how wide are these bindings, what width ski is minimum

                              I can't say for sure, but they don't look any narrower or wider than typical tele bindings. I have the O2 bindings, and they fit on my K2 Piste Stinx, which are quite narrow at the waist (~65 mm). I'd say as long as your skis aren't any narrower than 60 mm, these would fit.

                              Just how easy is it to swap NTN from one...

                              Just how easy is it to swap NTN from one ski to another? Anyone done it that can give me step by step instructions?

                              Very Easy.
                              Step 1: Loosen two set screws about 5-7 turns.
                              Step 2: slide orange plate forward and off of ski.
                              Step 3: slide onto new ski.
                              Step 4: tighten two set screws (very important - only hand tighten the set screws as they can easily strip out when overtightened)

                              Just bought Garmont NTN Prophet 26.5. This...

                              Just bought Garmont NTN Prophet 26.5. This of course is right at the cutoff between the large and small NTN bindings and could fit either. I weigh 175 lbs and would mostly ski on piste. Any thoughts?

                              Do you carry the extra base plates that...

                              Do you carry the extra base plates that allow me to move this binding over to a different ski? I can't find them. If so, how much are they? Thank you.

                              Unanswered Question

                              Has anybody who converted to NTN had...

                              Has anybody who converted to NTN had experience with 7tm power tours? I ski T1's on them, couldn't love the tour function more (these are beautiful, releasable binders), but seem to be suffering from downright dangerous tip dive! I'm 5'5" 130 lbs and concerned these are too active. I've loosened the underfoot strap to the point of lateral movement, too. I've had no problem racing on 7tm, but want the best backcountry set-up for my fat skis. Thinking about making the switch...

                              Do these bindings work with the old Scarpa...

                              Do these bindings work with the old Scarpa T1 boots (yes, I know I need to upgrade)? And where can I get info on the rebate? Thx

                              What size of break come with a Large size...

                              What size of break come with a Large size NTN binding?

                              Does the release mechanism work well with...

                              Does the release mechanism work well with these NTN bindings? Yes/No/Maybe?

                              Best Answer

                              In theory, the release is only lateral. But I had an experience a couple of years back when (in very early season skiing), I came rocketing out of some trees, heading back onto the piste, only do hit a patch of rocks buried under a dusting of snow. My skis stopped immediately and I was catapulted straight forward. I ended up face down about 10 ft in front of my skis, which were left perfectly parallel, pointing towards me, still resting on the rocks.

                              So the release mechanism worked perfectly in a forward fall. I'm not quite sure what happened. Most likely, my feet did twist slightly.

                              Either way, I've found the release mechanism to be great. I've been skiing hard on NTN for four seasons now, and I've only had two releases. (One described above.) Both times, I was very happy that the bindings did release. And I've never had an unwanted release.

                              To echo most of the comments here, the NTN system has lots of disadvantages, but the reality is that (when set up right) it skis better than any 75mm duckbill system, with the other great plus of releasability that works well.

                              So if the $399 price includes the binding...

                              So if the $399 price includes the binding itself and cartridges and brakes, can you specify brake width in addition to cartridge type? I'm leaning toward the green cartridge but a friend said I should also consider the white. I'm a 5'6" chick on volunteer ski patrol in CO and a strong all-mountain skier. Any recommendations? Also, if I get another binding heel plate, how easy is it to switch the binding from ski to ski?

                              Best Answer

                              I am 6' and 200lbs and ski very aggressively with 3 buckle Scarpa Terminators. I ski tour a lot. I use the green (soft) cartridges and am happy. The cartridge stiffness must be matched to the stiffness of the boot (stiff boot = stiff cartridge) and the aggro of the skier as well as the length of ski. Soft cartridge and stiff boot = rocker launch. Stiff cartridge and soft boot = fixed heel skiing and tip dive. Took me a lot of experimenting with different stiffness to be happy. Despite the extra thinking required NTN still leagues better than cables. Very easy to swap between skis when plate mounted. I bought several base plates. Hope this helps.