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Outlaw X Binding

From blasting down wind-buffed snow in the resort to getting low in deep backcountry pow, the 22 Designs Outlaw X Binding is a true do-it-all freeheel clamp. Building off the success of its first NTN offering, 22 Designs took the same sweet flex, instant engagement, and massive spring travel of the first iteration of the Outlaw and refined it a bit by introducing a new claw that allows for easy entry into the binding and an equally simple exit via the pole-activated mechanism. So if you're making the transition from duckbill boots to an NTN setup, you won't have to stoop down to fiddle with heel bails when you're gunning for first chair or getting ready for the descent on a steep, precarious ridge in the backcountry.

The Outlaw X borrows the same free-pivot performance made famous by the Axl and has a similar six-hole mounting pattern for the secure ski-to-binding retention aggressive freeheelers demand when arcing GS-style turns in the resort or backcountry. The spring-loaded climbing bail engages with a quick flick of the pole to reduce leg strain when touring in steep terrain, and the main die spring can be adjusted between five different settings to get the ideal amount of tension you need to suit your turning style. And while the main spring is adjustable, 22 Designs is also offering an additional stiffy spring set (sold separate) for skiers that prefer a stiff, aggressive feel from their bindings.

  • NTN telemark binding charges in the resort or backcountry
  • Instant flex engagement eliminates dead spot of 75mm bindings
  • Free-pivot mode provides 50 degrees of resistance-free touring
  • Intuitive step-in system for quick entry in the lift line
  • Pole-activated mechanism quickly releases boot from binding
  • Binding can release laterally, but release is not guaranteed
  • 22 Designs designs and builds telemark equipment from its headquarters in Teton Valley, USA
  • Item #TTD000D

stainless steel, aluminum, plastic
Boot Compatibility
Touring Mode
Brake Width
sold separate
Climbing Bars Included
Climbing Bar Height
Claimed Weight
[small] 3lb 6oz, [large] 3lb 8oz
Recommended Use
all-mountain skiing, freeride/powder skiing, telemark skiing
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 2

Fragile and unreliable

I've put it through the wringer
True to size

In 2.5 seasons, 1 resort the other 1.5 purely touring: I broke 4 underfoot plates, wore out the main axle pivot bushings twice, and needed to replace a heel assembly to prevent spontaneous pre-release. These bindings proved disappointingly unreliable and developed an unpleasant amount of slop in a short time. This review gets 2 full stars because 22-Designs warrantied these bindings each time they broke.

>Rating: 4

Good Binding but needed Stiffy Springs

I've put it through the wringer

I switched to NTN and needed a binding with a similar screw pattern to my previous bindings. Tried these and they worked ok but when I switched to the Stiffy Springs, they came to life because I could get my weight over the front of the skis. I sure wish they sold them with the Stiffy Springs from the start. I feel these bindings are expensive enough without having to shell out another 10% on springs.

>Rating: 5

Love them

I've put it through the wringer

I have been on 22 Designs Bindings for several seasons now and have always had great luck with them!

>Rating: 1

Bad customer service & user beta testing

I've put it through the wringer

My 22 Designs have only been kept functional by my local shop. They have two season and about 30 days on them after switching from cables - my thinking that they would be safer (theoretically eject), more reliable, and wanting to support a local CO brand. Unfortunately the spring plate underfoot has cracked twice, 22 designs in both cases was so slow to respond my local shop swapped out the plates from rentals versus keeping my skis for 3 months awaiting replacements. This season on my second day on them the toe piece exploded which led to a very exciting crash. Looking at tele forums, this was a known issue with the bindings. I wrote 22 designs twice to no response and left their customer service a voicemail to no response. I then started posting the below image to their facebook page (which they promptly removed) at which point they responded telling me my bindings were just out of warrant however they would send a new toe piece. I since bought new bindings and they are not 22 designs.

>Rating: 5


I've put it through the wringer

Thinking about switching to ntn? Do it. I wouldn't recommend any binding over the Outlaw. Boots is the only real decision you have to make. The step in and out on these is so easy! Especially the new updated cam design from 22's first version. Spring resistance is immediate and the flex is smooth. I don't tele knee to ski, I have a more upright and tight stance most of the time and these bindings feel so good with that. You can get pretty deep with them too. Tosrionally they are solid, ripping a groomer they hold an edge no problem. Flex adjustment is super easy also on the spring tube to dial in how you want your bindings to feel, and you have different spring options to further stiffen or soften up your bindings. The tour mode is super easy to switch into and out of. With the pivot right in front of your toe, it makes for a smooth and natural walking feel when touring. Climbing bail is also super easy to put up or down, if you're smooth with these, you can be quicker than your AT friends. Make the switch! You won't look back!

>Rating: 5


I've put it through the wringer

These are the only Tele bindings I've used as I just started out last year so I can't really compare them to any other bindings or 75mm. But I absolutely love these. I have 2 pairs both on Moment Tahoes and Wildcats. I'm 6'3" 220lbs so I also swapped out the stock spring for the stiffer spring and they are super solid!

>Rating: 5

Solid and Reliable

I've put it through the wringer

These bindings are the best NTN bindings I have tried. I was apprehensive making the swap for 75 to NTN but I am so glad I did. The support and stability are amazing. The respond time upon initiating the turn is quick and I don't have a lag or weird release like I've had with other bindings. The step in feature is incredible and so efficient. I was in a race amongst mainly tech toe ultra light racers and we did a running start, I was the first to get into my skis and start skiing, therefore putting me in first place for about 2 seconds before I quickly was passed. But point being the outlaws (there were two other NTN bindings in the crowd) were the fastest binding entry! I love these skis and love 22 Designs as a company. They are putting in so much dedication to progressing the sport of telemarking while many other companies are giving up, and they support our environment!

>Rating: 5

Outlaw X clicked for me

I've used it several times

Me: Snowboarder that evolved to tele about 10 years ago, weekend warrior these days...Coming from 22 Design Axls and BD Push's on K2 Sideshows. Bolted the Outlaw X's to the K2's since its the same pattern as the Axls. Got the Tide Pod look alike Scarpa Pro's. First couple runs with bindings set to level 2 and it was horrible. I felt uncomfortable, like I was going to catch an edge and get destroyed at any moment. The engagement is instant. It is powerful. So powerful that as my heel comes up and the ski goes over, it immediately begins to carve. Got some pointers from some of the great Telemark East crew and made some changes: Backed out the easily adjustable spring rate to level 1. Lightest spring rate possible. Made some changes to my technique by essentially, getting back to basics. Took as much forward lean out of the boots as possible and went back at it. Lucked into a couple of powder days in a row at Jay and everything clicked. The turns became as intuitive as they were on the Axl's and it just got better and better with every turn. I added a full turn to the spring after half a day and will probably get it back to level 2 soon. The step in aspect is awesome. Super easy in and out. Just awesome. Did not go with the breaks so still using the leash. Looking forward to some skinning, soon, as we are getting another foot or so right now... 5/5 for me. Love these bindings. Glad i made the commitment.

>Rating: 5

All About the Feel......of the Free Heel

I've put it through the wringer

I cuurently have the Outlaw X mounted on the Volkl Mantra and DPS Wailer 112 Tour Skis. I have skied them on the Moment PB&Js, Deathwish, Sego Cleaver 102's and a few other skis. Let me say I have been ecstatic ever since 22 Designs entered the NTN game since I was a never a fan of the Rottefella bindings. Tele skiing is all about the feel and 22 Designs always suited my tele skiing style better. I was immediately impressed with the entry/exit mechanism on the new Outlaw X which I found infinitely easier to use than any other NTN binding (and 75 mm binding). No yoga bending required and my Scarpa TX Pro boots pop right in and out. Once I got them on the snow, the instant flex engagement makes a noticeable difference when switching from one turn to the next. I was able to make quick, nimble turns in moguls and still lay down some big turns on hardpack. I would compare the feel to the old 22 Designs Hammerhead (which I still I have soft spot in my tele-heart for). Plus the Outlaws have the 1 to 3 preload adjustments so you cater the flex initiation to your personal tele style (I ski mine on the stiffest setting).. Add in the Axl free-pivot tour mode and 6-hole mounting pattern and this binding will be able to drive any ski on the market. I am slowly switching my quiver over to NTN (mainly for the added safety of releasability) and the Outlaw X is my principle NTN binding. If you have any questions on this binding or anything tele skiing related do not hesitate to reach out to me. Free your heel, free your mind!

>Rating: 5

Best NTN binding I've tried yet!

I've used it several times

I started out on Rottefella Freerides when they first came out, then switched to Rottefella Freedoms when they first came out. So I've got about five years on each Rottefella offering and ten years on NTN. Over 20 years free-heeling. After a few days on the OutlawX it is now my favorite NTN binding. The step in feature works great and is a serious improvement over the "step and stomp on lever" feature of the Rottefellas. The heel lifter is also a significant improvement, as is the pole-activated touring switch. The flex and activity of the binding took zero time to get used to so if you're used to Freedoms, you'll probably be just fine with OutlawX. Plus, the mounting is much easier and only takes eight screws vs. eleven for the Freedom.


The size listed is "S," does that mean you don't have any other sizes in stock, or there are no other sizes? I didn't see a size chart either.

Hey Connor, Currently we only have the size small in stock. Here is the info on sizing from 22 Designs: For NTN Bindings, the binding Size MUST match your boot size. Scarpa and Crispi boots 26.0 and under fit the Small Bindings, 26.5 and up are Large. For Scott/Garmont boots, the break is between 25.5 and 26.0.