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Scarpa NTN Freeride Binding

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    Leave the duckbill in the dust.

    Produced by the Norwegian binding specialists at Rottefella, the Scarpa NTN Freeride Binding is a power trip for hard-charging resort and slackcountry Tele riders. The NTN Freeride allows you to get in and out of the binding while standing and will release from the boot in the event of a nasty crash. But the really sweet part is how it skis; the binding provides an incredible amount of lateral stability that translates into powerful edge control, providing the power to drive modern powder skis with over 100mm underfoot. Step in and drive your big, fat skis at mach speeds.

    • Lateral Release Function releases when you need it to, potentially saving your knees when you tomahawk out of a landing
    • 30 degrees of pivot range and heel elevator allow you to slap on the skins and earn your turns
    • Small binding comes with a soft power tube, large size comes with medium power tube
    • NTN Freeride provides unmatched lateral power and edge control, especially when driving skis with over 100mm underfoot
    • Adjustable forward flex allows you to fine tune the flex to your preference
    • Easy entry and exit while standing so you never have to kneel down for your tele bindings again
    • Symmetrical bindings eliminate confusion about which one is for the left or right foot
    • Comes standard with 110mm ski brake
    • Item #SCR0249

    Tech Specs

    Material
    stainless steel, plastic
    Boot Compatibility
    NTN
    Release
    yes
    Brake Width
    110 mm
    Stand Height
    30 mm
    Climbing Bars Included
    yes
    Climbing Bar Height
    50 mm
    Claimed Weight
    [S, pair] 4 lb 3.4 oz, [L, pair] 4 lb 10.1 oz
    Recommended Use
    freeride, telemark touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Terrific binding with one blemish

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    After my first day on the Freeride, I'm totally sold on the NTN system. It boasts excellent torsional control and power transference to the ski – I can fly on these babies with the greatest of confidence. I stop short of giving it 5 stars, though, simply because if your skis are less than 100 mm underfoot, the real price on these bindings are another $30, which is what you have to pay for a 95mm brake. Otherwise, it ONLY comes with a 110mm brake. My Backcountry rep worked hard to request Scarpa do a swap, but no cigar. I felt like I was forced to buy a suit not in my size and then pay extra for tailoring. Otherwise, I'm loving the product itself.

    Smoov as butta.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    After two or three seasons of recreationally derping around on a spare 75mm setup, this fixed-heel die-hard made perhaps her strangest purchase to date... An NTN setup. I wouldn't call myself a full-on tele convert yet, but making the switch to the buttery smoothness of the Scarpa/Rottefella NTN Freeride paired with the Scott Minerva NTN boot has certainly been seductive.

    My main qualm with my archaic 75mm setup was having enough responsiveness to get my inside ski to arc--I found that the bindings would dump me forward immediately, leaving my inside ski flopping/sliding uselessly (aka.. fake-amarking, the *horror*). With the combo of a stiffer boot and NTN binding, I immediately experienced the smooth, flowy carves I'd enviously watched other tele-skiers make and found engaging both skis to be far easier.

    Granted, a considerable amount of user-error (*cough, tele-incompetence on my part*) influenced my poor experience on 75mm boots/bindings and there are oodles of absolute tele-deities that rip without NTN setups, but the smooth, responsive, relatively stiff flex of the Freerides appealed to my ex-ski racer style and has helped me progress in the knee-dropping world.

    Fun fun!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I switched to the NTN a few years ago, and I think that the binding/boot system is the most innovative gear-related development within the world of telemark skiing during my lifetime.
    Most of the reviews that I read before switching away from 75mm equipment focused on the NTN's stiff, burly feel. And, while the NTN is definitely stiffer than most telemark bindings, the springs are not remarkably harder to compress than BD's '€˜midstiff'€™ cartridge, or the #3 setting on the AXL/Vice.
    The NTN feels stiffer because the interface between the underfoot spring, and the boot'€™s bellows is more efficient than any of the 'duckbill'™ setups that I've skied. When I l initiate a turn, the NTN engages immediately, and transfers power from the boot/binding to the ski throughout the turn -€“ whereas many 75 mm boot/binding combinations tend to engage slowly, and allow for some sloppiness in transitioning between turns.
    The Freeride doesn'€™t tour remarkably well, but, if you'€™re willing to lug the extra weight around, it is a whole lot of fun on the decent. If you're hyped on things that are '˜lightweight,'€™ check out the Freedom, Scarpa's touring version of the NTN system.

    Fun fun!

    4 seasons and counting

      I made the switch to NTN 4 seasons ago and have never looked back. I started in leathers with a 3pin set up... had A pair for gen 1 terminators... so it took a lot for me to go ntn... so glad I did. No more knee to ski, more lateral stability, Pseudo step in, solid build quality. I'm 90% resort (LCC) and I love them. Do they release - yes... but not as consistently as a cert. din binding... but they do... I love the second ski kits... I move one pair of freerides between 3 sets of boards.

      Great binding

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I really like the feel of this binding for the telemark turn. Admittedly, I am new to telemark but I am happy with this purchase.

      The bindings are a bit heavy but since I don't get to tour that often it isn't a problem for me.

      Great for the resort

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I swap these bindings between Moment Jaguar Sharks (soft snow) and Black Diamond Verdicts (groomers). I probably most appreciate the second-ski kit, which makes swapping between skis super easy. You only remove two set screws per binding, slide the bindings off their plates, slide them onto your second pair of skis, and tighten-up the screws. For what it's worth, the set screw size is M6 x 8mm or M6 x 10mm (with a thread pitch of 1). I stripped one of mine and had to replace it with an allen head machine screw; the originals are Pozi #3 like nearly all ski bindings.



      I picked up the Freerides at the tail-end of last season and used them in conjunction with Axls until this year, when I decided to ditch the duckbill. I really liked the Axls but couldn't justify having two boots/systems. I felt I could be much lazier on the Axls, which might've been a function of using them with lightweight touring skis (BD Aspects), as opposed to the Freerides that I had mounted to burlier skis. The Freerides reward a tighter technique; once you figure it out, they really let you rail turns. You have to focus on driving the cuffs of your boots and sinking straight down onto your trailing heel. I don't have a knee-to-ski style, but feel I can get plenty low with the Freerides. I'm about 180 pounds and use blue tubes set to #3, which is the recommended "release" setting.



      Although Rottefella says these will release, don't expect them to. I had one crash earlier this season during which I really wanted one of my skis to eject... they didn't and I ended up twisting a knee. These aren't DIN-certified, so it's hard to fault the bindings, but calling them "releasable" is a bit of a stretch. It's definitely something to be aware of.



      I know a lot of folks bash these for touring, claiming that the range-of-motion (about 30*) is too small, but I honestly don't need more ROM when trekking around. They're a bit heavy and feel a little more "clunky" than Axls, but by no means are they bad if you're skinning for a couple hours. I suppose if you're doing hut trips you'd be better off with TTS setup or maybe Freedoms, but I haven't tried either of those. The Freeride has been great for short (30 minute) climbs around the resort.



      Lastly, I read numerous reports about the first-generation Freerides developing cracks in the metal frame (which were orange, originally) or on the NTN toe cups. I have the latest version (pink plates and black frames) and have had no such issues after 40-50 resort days. They seem solid thus far and I'll keep using them until they fail.

      Great for the resort

      made the change

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      decided to make the change to NTN. these binding are super responsive and took a few laps to get used to. I chose the freeride base on, i spend 90% of my days in bounds. you can immediately tell this setup in bombproof!

      NTN for the WIN

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      Bought these for a Tele guy who finally threw away his cable tele bindings, he did not regret it. He switched over from G3 Tele bindings and had also ridden a lot on the 22 Designs Axl, and while there was some new learning it was totally worth it. . The ease of entry on the Freeride and convenience of ski brakes combined with with the NTN system creates a binding that can handle the energy from the Scarpa TX Comp boot. The NTN system gives the option to initiate turns with your weight further back than the Legacy Tele heel cable binding, which puts you in a position to ski more aggressively when terrain and conditions vary.
      There is no better NTN binding for a resort

      finally...

        it's cool to have releasable bindings, but beware: there is a big learning curve. These ski nothing like my Targas. After 10 years in my Targas, it took me a couple of days to overhaul my tele technique to ski these confidently.

        Bomber

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is my first NTN rig. I've been on 22 Design Hammerheads for years.



        These bindings are stiffer and faster reacting, IMO. They are a little heavy but I ski mostly inbounds so its not an issue.



        On a side note, they're really easy to get in and out of, almost like alpine bindings.

        Bomber

        Tele ho!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have been skiing on NTNs for about 3 years now. I was always interested in tele skiing but I value my bones and joints. The NTN releases and has brakes! I tell you, once you go tele, you are not coming back. These bindings rock - they do everything they are supposed to do. You can even ski alpine style if you tele technique is a little behind (or the slope is really STEEP). I love the innovation. The bindings are a little heavy but are solidly made. Get a nice set of skis with average length/width/stiffness/cut and you are ready for a lot of deep knee bends/lunges. What I really like is that after 45 years of skiing, these bindings make the mountain bigger and slow me down to ski with my friends and family who were not as fortunate to grow up 20min from the slopes. Just get 'em and get out there.



        5 stars for innovation, easy and reliability of use, and getting me into tele skiing



        4 stars as they are a little heavy (titanium, anyone?)

        Love it but....

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I bought my NTN set up in 2010, back when they were still bright orange and I love them. They're a great binding and made learning tele super easy. Unlike your average tele binding, these have ski brakes too so you can lock your skis togther. I use them to tour as well and the weight honestly doesn't bother me. I feel they are just as heavy as Marker's or Salomon's AT set up. One disappointment in these bindings, though, is that just last week I cracked the metal siding and blew out the cartridges. Now I'm an 18 year old girl, 115 lbs. You would think that metal would be able to withstand my skiing and blue cartridges would be beefy enough to handle me but I guess not... If it weren't for that, they would have a 5 star review hands down. Either way, these bindings are super stable

        Oh another draw back is that on super wet days, they do have the potential to ice up under your boot but if you just stick a piece of rubber in there, it fixes it no problem.



        UPDATE: So that tiny crack in the orange siding has now spread through the binding. I contacted Scarpa and even though they were out of warranty, they said I could send the bindings in and they could have a look. Well 7 weeks later and many phone calls and emails later, Scarpa finally got back to me saying they couldn't do anything since they were out of warranty. So now I'm stuck with broken bindings, and 7 weeks of frustration, anxiety, and a wasted season pass.

        Powderhound,



        Your posting is year old so perhaps you have long ago solved the problem, but to you and any other out there, one of my pair of bindings broke, so I telephone Rottefella and told them in solid Norwegian what I thought, they replaced them straight away. So next time go straight to them the producer - Rottefella.com, God Tur

        Fun stuff!

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        The NTN Freerides are the new of the new when it comes to tele bindings. I recently mounted these on my Armada Norwalks with Scarpa Terminator X Pro boots. These bindings are extremely easy to use and click in and out of.



        I skied these at Snowbird, UT and they definitely have a different feel than my old set up with G3 traditional tele bindings. You need to apply more force near your shin to really flex the boot and initiate your turns vs. more of your toe when skiing a traditional tele.



        I am all around stoked on these bindings and can't wait to shred these the rest of the season!

        Is this binding good for groomers and...

        Is this binding good for groomers and glades?

        Had my first day on them on Saturday. They are pretty awesome. Mostly hard pack and wind blown. But they performed beyond my expectations. Very responsive, good edge control. Almost forget that the heel is free.

        Gentlemen,



        this binding takes anything, as the old World champion in down hill and ski jumping told me as a kid, its the man ontop of the ski that really matters... true, still, the NTN is a new and better world, telemark back to its roots, you will never go wrong. I have used my for past three years - a lot !(even broken a pair), but they are rock solid, take any type of snow or what ever you try out, they are good for walking too. But if you are all of the piste try the new NTN and get even more joy ! God Tur

        would you be able to mount these on the...

        would you be able to mount these on the Rossignol S7 which have a 115mm waist? i know it says it comes with standard 110mm break width but can this be changed? Or does anyone just recommend sticking with a standard tele binding and boot instead of the ntn

        It's probably way too late for this answer to help you make a decision for this year, but no, I don't recommend staying with 75 mm. Go NTN! The power and control is leaps and bounds ahead of what 75 mm provides, and it's releasable and nearly step-in to boot.