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Dynafit Beast 14 Binding

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The Beast is back.

Dynafit's Beast took the backcountry freeride world by storm last year, and it's back to rule the out-of-bounds world again, now with a few tweaks to make it lighter, safer, and more versatile. It's still a tech binding that loves to go big, fast, and hard, but it's been refined in its second go-round to make life a little bit easier for big-mountain rippers who need serious performance on the way up and down.

Last year, the Beast had a release value of 16, but this year  a 14-release-value version has been added to the lineup, giving lighter, weight-conscious, or approach-minded skiers a friendlier option. The biggest difference is in the toe. While the old Beast, and the new 16, feature a specially designed toe piece, the 14 cribs the toe from the Dynafit Radical but mounts it to a rotating baseplate (and calls it the Radical 2.0, if you're wondering), giving you more elasticity and retention than you'd get from a classic Radical. Apart from that, it's totally recognizable—four springs, two pins, and a ski/hike lever to prevent releases when you're on the way up.

While the change might be most noticeable in the front, don't think for a second that Dynafit didn't improve the heel, too. It's been mounted on rails, letting it move slightly to accommodate ski flex, improve retention, and give you a more supple, less chattery ride than you'd expect from a tech binding. Spring-loaded pins provide a super-solid connection to the horseshoe heel insert (like last year, boots will need to be retrofitted to work with the Beast), and dual climbing risers give you the ramp angle you need to cruise up steep slopes. When the lower riser is in place, hard heel pressure will lock the brakes in a retracted position to prevent drag, but they'll snap back into place if you release on the way down.

  • Release range from 5-14
  • Forged aluminum base with steel wings
  • Rear pivot-point system
  • Rotating toe piece
  • Hike/ski lever
  • Sliding heel piece with spring-loaded pins
  • Two climbing risers
  • Retractable brakes
  • Dynafit Beast heel insert required
  • Item #DNF003L

Tech Specs

Material
[base] 6082 forged aluminum, [wings] chromoly steel, stainless steel, high-strength plastic
Release Rating
5 - 14
Boot Compatibility
tech, heel modification required
Brake Width
105 mm, 120 mm, 135 mm
Brakes Included
yes
Safety Features
rotating toe piece, horizontal & vertical pivot-point movement
Stand Height
[front] 17 mm, [back] 23 mm
Heel Elevators
yes, 2 positions
Claimed Weight
[pair] 3 lb 8.1 oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

Tech Specs

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Beast 14

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been touring on Dynafit iterations for quite some time. Dealing with compromises in function, ramp angle, and pre-release issues in previous versions of comforts, verticals, radicals 1.0 to date. However I can say that Dynafit raised the bar with the Beast 14 and 16. The bindings capture the freeride characteristics previous versions were lacking. Release values are higher, elastic travel has improved, and the ramp angle has slackened. All characteristics that I have been desiring for quite some time. Dynafit Beast 14's are for the skier that needs a little more in terms of downhill performance without suffering from a weight penalty of a frame binding on the way up. Recommended

Perfect for sidecounty or one-ski

    I have no fears skiing these in the area (unlike Radical 1's), although I'd probably want a normal binding if I was in the bumps a lot. I do have fears of taking them on real long tours. No 'flat walk mode' isn't a huge problem, but it is annoying. They're also pretty darn heavy.

    Great binding for 50+ inbounds/50- backcountry, especially if you've only got the budget for 1 or 2 skis.

    Beasts

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These bindings are completely solid, really lightweight, and something you can trust to shred lines in the backcountry with no fear or breaking out like I've done in the past with the Radical TLT's.

    Love the security

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have a set of beast's on the dynafit dhaulagiris and it's the best touring setup I've ever owned. The security of the setup is comforting and I haven't had any pre-release issues even after 60 plus days both in and out of the resort and the transmission of power is great.

    I went with the 14 instead of the 16 because of the frankenstein conglomeration. I tried the 16 I loved it. The retention was incredible and the design of the heel piece gave me a sense of confidence that I have never experienced with an AT binding. The issue arose with the toe piece of the 16. It was constantly getting packed with ice and was a struggle to work with. The 14 shares a toe piece with the radical and after 20 years it has become very dialed. The Radical toe piece, paired with the heel piece of the beast 16, is the perfect combination for a lightweight touring binding that can handle and excel in any downhill application.

    I would not recommend the 16. It is a little too heavy and the toe is a little to finicky. However, I believe that the 14 is the best touring binding on the market if you're not looking for compromise on the downhill.

    The heel riser broke on a training skin, but dynafit's warranty department fixed the issue within a couple of days. The switch between uphill and downhill isn't as hard as other people claim and the extra retention/durability is worth it.

    For skiing big lines AND going uphill for miles it is the best tech binding I've been in.

    Love the security

    Some design issues

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have used these bindings for one full season of training, putting an average of 30-40 miles a week in every sort of conditions from steep, icy climbs to long flat slogs. I do enjoy the feeling of clicking into these bindings, they are stiff and deliver good, reliable power transmission to the ski. They have not pre-released yet and I haven't had any trouble with them while touring or skiing. However, I have broken the tips off of two poles trying to change from tour mode to ski mode, and the heel piece tends to gather lots of ice which needs to be chipped out any time you want to switch. They make the mode switch look easy in the videos, but performing the task in the backcountry is not nearly as carefree. Even switching the heel risers on/off often requires hands. With another season of work, these could be awesome but they have a few issues that make them difficult to fully recommend.

    Sidecountry, maybe. Touring, no.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I got these bindings after losing a few pieces off of an ST last year. Figured they'd be a stouter build. And they are.

    What they are not is appropriate for touring. At all. Transition from tour to ski mode is incredibly difficult (I'm a strong guy). The heel-piece picks up snow and ice, which makes the lifter (single lift level) not function properly until you take the ski off and clean out the ice. No zero-degree lift option.

    This is a finicky binding that is great for a day of 90% resort with a jaunt into the backcountry at the end of the day. Otherwise, stick with another option. I'll be moving my Beasts onto a set of Wailer 112s, and picking up FTs for the backcountry boards.

    These bindings don't hold you back

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I use these bindings everyday and they hold up very well, I don't feel that I have to hold back while skiing and the build quality is amazing. On the resort or in the backcountry they will do the things you expect from a good binding! I would recomend this binding to a friend 100%

    Unanswered Question

    I sold my original boots that I installed the power heel insert on. Is the power insert sold separately?

    Will these work with BD Method110, BD Factor 130, or Atomic Waymaker110? I heard something about compatibility issues. Please post if you know. Thanks

    Hey Scott,

    Scroll down and check out Bill Porreca's responses to similar previous questions! If you're still having trouble, I'm sure he would be stoked to help you out - just shoot him an email! Contact info also listed below.

    Basically the Beast requires a modification with the heel piece on your boot. All of those boots you mentioned have interchangeable soles so you can make them compatible with tech or alpine bindings - basically Bill has said that once you make that heel modification, you will not be able to swap the soles out anymore. If you're cool with that, then you should be able to make that modification to any of those boots. Bill also suggested checking out the Marker Kingpin! That binding features similar performance to the Beast, but only requires a tech toe piece - it is compatible with alpine style heel pieces with no necessary modification.

    Would these work with Salomon Quest BC 120 boots?

    As long as you have the Touring sole block on there they will work just fine. You will have to add a special attachment to the boot that comes with the Dynafit Beast. When your shop is mounting them, they can add this but, you wont be able to swap soles anymore. If your looking for a similarly performing Tech binding, take a look at the KingPin from Marker. You would only have to swap the tech sole on the toe because the KingPin uses a tradtional alpine style clamp on the heel.



    If you have anymore questions feel free to send me an email or call!



    Bill Porreca

    bporreca@backcountry.com

    801-736-6398

    I am looking at mounting these on K2 Shedditor 112's and using black diamond quadrants and I just want to make sure that that is a workable set up for about a 50% inbounds and 50% touring set up? (maybe even 60% inbounds.)

    Is the Beast 14 compatible with multi norm chassis tech bindings - like the optional tech sole of the Atomic waymaker carbon 110 boot?

    Best Answer

    I will say no. Only because of the extra heel fitting you need to add to be compatible with the Beast. Once you put the heel mod https://www.wildsnow.com/bindings/backcountry-dynafit-beast-binding/page-2/#fittings on, you wont be able to swap out easily by any means and over time you might degrade the security of the fitting. Id say if you want to turn your boot into a full time tech fitting then go for it but, to have it swap on and off could be a real problem.



    You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or bporreca@backcountry.com

    If i mount the heel insert for this binding on my maestrale rs boots, do I lose the ability to use them with the radical ft bindings i already use the boots with? Or can it be made to work with both?

    Do the bindings come with the heel insert, or is it bought separately? I am planning to buy the Scarpa Freedom SL...will the Beast 14 work with these boots, or will they still need the insert?