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    8 Reviews


    Free the heel, free the mind.

    Your friends have been doubtful in the past, but you can show 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
    Brake Width
    110 mm
    Climbing Bars Included
    Climbing Bar Height
    35 / 65 mm
    Claimed Weight
    3 lb 5 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    You Judge - Day 1 Run 1 On Freedoms

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    If you have a 17 month old you realize how hard it is to line up child care and a powder day so to say I was stoked about stars aligning and getting to try my new setup (Freedoms on Candide 3.0s) would be an understatement. Unfortunately for me, after dropping my daughter off at daycare and making first chair, my third turn of my first run left me digging through powder looking for parts of a now exploded binding after an exciting and unexpected tumble through the trees. The local Vail shop told me Scarpa's was experimenting with production on their binding so I likely just got unlucky. Scarpa replaced the binding but I was left with several extra costs for 1) a second binding mount $50 2) return shipping of the old binding $30 (or they offered to bill me for bindings twice) 3) daycare at Vail on a day I did not get to ski $165 and 4) not having skis for 3 days. To Scarpa/Rotafella's credit the new set of freedom bindings skis great and I have not had any further issues. However you be the judge from the image and the extra costs. I got lucky I did not get hurt either my knee in the turn or by bouncing off a tree.

    You Judge - Day 1 Run 1 On Freedoms

    Reuben has got to be a mole

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I would gamble a lot of my money that Reuben is affiliated with 22 Designs, the HUGE red flag of which is going right to recommending another brand after an extremely short and simple review of the product in question. Every time I call a free heel gear store they seem to push the 22 Designs Outlaw. Though I get it, "buy USA", and I know good skiers that like the Outlaw, for me the Rotefella Freedoms and the Freerides are far superior. The Outlaw feels narrow, like hard to balance on, and just too dam stiff and active for me. My style is knee scraping the snow low at times. Get this, my buddy had the metal flex plate on his first season Outlaw completely break in half last week, 1/2 way through the first season! I can upload the pictures. They were great about replacing this for him free of cost, but seriously right, weakness with a capital W. Very very ironic to see Reuben's review considering this. Also see the reviews here at BC of the huge design flaw that was in the 22D Axl. BC, please consider verifying if reviewers purchased the product. NO WAY Freedoms broke for this person first use IMHO. Also please look at the Outlaws carefully; in big letters "contains Rotefella Technology!!". So I love the USA but come on, Norway rocks and is where tele skiing was born and that is the real inventor and owner of the underlying technology here for the 22D Outlaws! I will stay with the company that has it all in house.
    The Freedoms - Please note they have a huge amount of metal! NOT a "plastic binding" as you can see. I have scorched a pair of these for 4 years or more now, they are 100% reliable. The first day on these after being on every 75mm binding was like being superman, like getting a magical power and skill boost in a video game; I never looked back. I am skiing the most precarious steep pitches and chutes that exist in the North East with these; things I have been dreaming of skiing but were always afraid to. So yes, it is a sickly awesome effortless touring trap for the up, but has incredible power and control for extreme resort and back country downhill. I don't have time to give this incredible piece of equipment justice right now, but it is about perfect for me. Very similar to the Freeride; maybe a tad less lateral rigidity and stiffness here. Maybe. I set both to 1 - softest/least active and easiest release. Plenty stiff/active enough for me on 1. I'm 155 lbs, very aggressive skier (jumping and grunting of course), and have not released ever or needed to on 1. TEST the release on a bench, on 1 it is still hard to rip off! I had an ankle injury but they were cranked up to 4 by the store, too much for my weight, and I was skiing some trees that were closed off and not filled in enough yet, my fault.
    If you have the best fitness of your group of friends and would like to be social and not leave them in the dust on the uphill, then consider the Freeride, very similar but more weight and height may mean more power and control on the down, and you will simply get a better workout on the up. These Freedoms too dam easy for touring in this respect, but I am a masochist who loves aerobic endurance sufferfests. I certainly wish 22D the best and want them to succeed, which they will, we need NTN brand choices and competition. Just not for me right now. Cheers all.

    Plastic bindings are not good

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The plastic part of this binding that switches you between uphill and downhill mode broke on day one. If you look closely the part is plastic and weak. I recommend getting 22 designs where they use metal for those incredibly important parts.

    finally a reasonable upgrade

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Old school teleskier here who gets low and has been reluctant to upgrade. That's partly because I like a less active binding and the trend has been big active bindings. I liked how NTN skied when the FreeRide came out--the edging power, the step-in function, and the pivot under the toe rather than out front in the pins. But I didn't like the FreeRide weight and it was too active for what I was used to, and I worried it would cause tip-dive in Utah light and deep (didn't get a chance to test FreeRide in pow). When the Freedom came out with reviews saying it was less active, that was good news for some of us who don't like a heavy sprung binding. Even so, the Freedom was way more active than I was used to, but after I got used to it I can see why people say it's more neutral than the FreeRide. The pivot under the toe is a big (good) difference and I find it has influenced me to have a more upright more controlled stance compared to my old school low and deep tele. First day on it felt weird like I was re-learning tele turns. I don't know if others had an NTN learning curve or only late upgraders like me. Now I'm aware how much stomping I used to do with cable bindings to get the rear ski under control. With NTN Freedom it feels in control all the time--never feels like it's getting away from me. The edge control really changes skiing--I thought my old gear had edge control but nothing like NTN at all. Stability at speed in parallel turns is really noticeably different too. Step-in feels like cheating but is very nice. Not only for experienced tele skiers: my SO is new to tele and mostly parallels on freeheel gear, but once I got her on the Freedom binding her tele turns very quickly improved. This is the binding I would start people on.

    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.

    On my first day of NTN on Freedoms coming from Axls 75mm I was getting just as low. Knee scraping the snow on good days with Freedoms. I was worried about this not being the case prior. So IMO, if you like to dip low, you still can with these awesome bindings.


    • 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.

    Unanswered Question

    The picture you show here for product SCR0030 is the Rottefella Freeride binding, not the Freedom.
    The second picture (if you click below) does show the Freedom.