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The Bishop 75mm BMF-R Telemark Bindings make your weekend pow mission all the more efficient. The BMF-R features an alpine-style step-in that eliminates the hassle of fidgeting with heel clips. A simple lever lets you quickly switch between ski and tour mode, and the 7- and 14-degree climbing bars help keep your stride efficient while you're cruising up the hill.
- Innovative tele bindings for ripping turns in the backcountry
- Compatible with 75mm boots
- Simple lever swaps between ski and walk mode
- 7- and 14-degree heel risers for efficient hiking
- 55-degree pivot for a natural stride
- Alpine-style step-in for easy in and out
- Item #BPB0002
- Q & A
GOATWORTHY x100 !
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These are great bindings and Bishop support is the Bomb! I mounted these bindings myself using the installation instructions and youtube video. If you don't have the killer binding jig, I recommend using the mounting plate as a jig for drilling holes. The paper template is sweet for locating the binding, then use the mounting plate to dial it in for drilling (this can be stressful, I used a Hood River local dark amber to help take off the edge). Bindings work 110% as advertised, step-in is revolutionary, and I can easily clip in and step out with a ski pole or by hand. Lever for switching to touring mode works supper slick, no problems. IMPORTANT: the binding works awsome under load, step down in the binding when switching back into ski mode from touring. Working it by hand, lose out of the box is not a realistic simulation. The best part about these bindings ..... is skiing them!!! They open a whole 'nother universe of tele on the hill. it's like taking the best of tele and alpine and multiplying by a zillion! Seriously, if you are tired of blowing out mountings from your ski and breaking cables, you have got to try these bindings. Mount these bindings on the Bishop CHEDI, even the lifti's at Kirkwood and Mt Hood start to drool. They scream on backcountry and resort. You only need one set of gear (Helmet recommended ;-). B
Step in with a catch
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Ordered a pair after reading a few favorable reviews on line. I'd ripped a pair of Voile switchback X2's from my skis and wanted a binding with a different mounting pattern. The step in functionality as described by Bishop sold me. However what they don't tell you is that after you "step" in you still have to flip a heal "safety" catch. The supplied information says this can be done with your pole, I doubted I'd have the "pole" dexterity to manage that on a windy ridge! If I still have to bend over.... Hmm not quite alpine style step in as asserted by the manufacturer.
You also need to be aware that the tour mode mechanism of the BMF R is quite complex (which explains the considerable price difference from the non tour BMF 3 binding). Complex to the point that there are two small springs, one to "snap" and hold the front engagement lever either up or down and a second to release the actual "pawls" that lock the binding toe plate. I found that the former spring was very stiff, to the point I worried I'd break something when changing from ski to tour mode. In contrast I found that the second spring that disengages the "pawls" that lock the toe plate in ski mode, lacked the power to actually release the pawls. I had to manually assist it to get the binding into tour mode. Maybe after use it would loosen up and maybe with the skier weight on the binding plate it would work? But as I played with it, out of the box, it did not work.
So rather than risk mounting them, I boxed them up for return. I try whenever possible to buy locally to support my neighbor's. None had this binding. If I'd seen this binding in my local shop I would have needed a whole lot of convincing from someone I really trusted to part with my money.