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Scarpa Freedom Binding

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    Free the heel, free the mind.

    Open close-minded, fixed-heeled backcountry skiers' minds by showing them how much fun it is to telemark with Scarpa's Freedom Binding. This binding uses Rottefella's NTN system, except with a lighter platform to give you an energetic edge on the uphill, and there are two heel-lifter positions included with the walk mode to help you tackle steeper sections with ease. The Freedom also features a lateral release that's notably safer than telemark bindings with cable wires, but release values cannot be guaranteed. You can adjust the forward flex for mellower days in the backcountry, or crank it up for more hard-charging missions.

    • A lightweight NTN telemark binding for backcountry touring
    • Walk mode with two heel-lifter positions for efficient skinning
    • Lateral release function enhances safety (release is not guaranteed)
    • Increased lateral stability and edge control
    • Adjustable forward flex offers a versatile performance
    • Item #SCR003Q

    Tech Specs

    Boot Compatibility
    NTN
    Release
    yes
    Brake Width
    110 mm
    Climbing Bars Included
    yes
    Climbing Bar Height
    35 / 65 mm
    Claimed Weight
    3 lb 5 oz
    Recommended Use
    telemark
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    To avoid snow build up...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used the Freedom ever since it came out, in, what 2012 or so? I transitioned to them from the Freeride. There is a bit of an issue with these with snow build up underfoot, particularly if you ski switch. After trying a few remedies, the most successful one I've found is to spray silicone lubricant in the entire area underfoot and allow it to dry. Any basic spray silicone should work, but I've been using "Blaster Industrial strength silicone lubricant with Teflon" that I got at Home Depot. If you are aware of the season we've had this year in Utah - lots of snow with some of the storms dumping wet snow - you can appreciate how annoying the build up can be. Using this spray has solved the problem for me. I just reapply after a few days and it continues to do the job. And it's cheap!

    Tradeoff between lightweight and durability

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Overall an excellent binding - an enormous step forward from 75mm cable bindings. I started telemarking 35 years ago on skinny double cambered skis with 75mm three pin bindings and leather boots, and have gone through the entire evolution of telemark gear -- the first Scarpa plastic boots with three pin Viole bindings, Scarpa T2X boots with G3 Targa cable bindings, T2 Eco boots with Black Diamond O2 bindings (for the free touring mode), and finally to the Scarpa TX NTN boot with Freeride bindings. The final upgrade was after a ski trip in Italy where the lifts were mostly gondolas and I got fed up with bending over to put on and take off cable bindings and safety leashes every run. Now that I've experienced NTN - with easy stand up entry and exit and the convenience of ski brakes - I will never go back to a cable bindings - death to the duckbill!

    The only downside was a binding failure (broken internal plastic piece) in the middle of a long tour - the many plastic parts used in the Freedom to save weight from the burlier Freeride do have a risk in terms of durability.

    I recently tried the Meijdo 2.0 which I found skied well, but was not easy to get into, particularly in deep snow.

    Overall, I still consider the NTN Freedom the best telemark binding currently on the market in terms of both convenience and performance.

    Great Binding

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I was a little concerned about durability when I first bought these bindings (because there is a lot of plastic in them), but I haven't had any issues after skiing on them for about 80 days. They are not the most active binding (my Axls are much more active), but I still like the feel of them, although you can't really get as low as a 75mm binding. They have also released on me several times when it was needed. They are also easier to get into/ out of than a 75mm binding. Overall, a great binding though.

    NTN-light

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Scarpa/Rottefella produced the NTN Freedom in order to offer tele-skiers a 'backcountry-friendly' version of the NTN Freeride. I am mostly in agreement with how Scarpa/Rottefella have marketed the Freedom - it is lighter, and does offer a better range of motion in tour mode than its bulkier predecessor, the Freeride.
    That said, the Freedom is significantly less-active in ski mode than any other NTN platform on the market (aside from perhaps the Meidjo, which I have not skied).
    The Freedom's underfoot cartridges do not engage nearly as quickly as the Freeride's 'power tubes.' And, I think that, to some degree, the plate system that anchors the boot to the binding sacrifices performance in the interest of shaving weight - the low profile design mandates a smaller underfoot cartridge, and relies on a lot of exposed cables that ultimately cannot achieve the same rigidity or rapid power transfer that other NTN models can.
    Still, I like them well-enough. They've proven reliable over the last couple of years, and I always have fun skiing them.