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Tyrolia Aaambition 12 Carbon Touring Binding

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    Aaambition 12 Carbon Touring Binding

    Have a hard time believing that dinky pin bindings are going to give you the downhill performance you want after you've spent all morning hiking for that one run? Then step into the Tyrolia Ambition 12 Carbon Touring Bindings to shed serious weight from your setup without sacrificing an ounce of safety or downhill prowess. How did they do it you ask? A special ingredient called carbon is used in the frame of the binding to make this variation of the Ambition almost a whole pound lighter than its non-carbon cousins.

    Tyrolia has been producing bindings for going on 85 years and its release of the Ambition last season was the company's first offering in the AT market. Far lighter than almost any frame binding you'll find on the market today, the Ambition 12 Carbon is the first major innovation we've seen in frame-style bindings for quite a few years, and it will be a welcome companion during those longer tours when you don't want to just make it down, but ski, huck, and rail your way down your line.

    • Framed backcountry touring binding made lighter with carbon
    • 4 - 12 release rating is the highest DIN out of any Ambition
    • Alpine Touring Toe provides excellent safety release
    • AT Heel stays out of the way when you're climbing
    • Heel risers aid uphill efficiency
    • Telescopic tube accommodates different bootsole lengths
    • Item #HEA001I

    Tech Specs

    Material
    carbon, plastic
    Release Rating
    4 - 12
    Boot Compatibility
    AT, alpine
    Brake Width
    85 mm
    Brakes Included
    yes
    Safety Features
    AFS gliding plate
    Stand Height
    38 mm
    Claimed Weight
    [pair, with brake] 3 lb 15 oz, [pair, without brake] 3 lb 9 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Caveat - I have the regular binding, not the carbon. I put these on a pair of skis for primarily in-bounds skiing this year. They feel really great and are easy to step in and out. On a tour however - at least in wetter conditions - they repeatedly got compacted snow in the notch the heel retainer slides in and out of. Basically, the heel couldn't get down quite far enough to re-engage it - often frustratingly close (like a mm or 2). This meant any time I wanted to transition to lock the heel down I had to chip the snow/ice out. Sometimes this meant taking the ski off. This gets really old really fast. Not a huge deal if you are only transitioning a couple times, but sucks for yo-yoing or other frequent transition situations. I ended up doing some tele technique just so I didn't have to lock them down. Excellent, versatile binding, but not great as a regular touring rig.

    Just a note on Mark's experience. I have used the both the Ambition 12 and Ambition Carbon quite extensively and I have never had this issue (used in the Wasatch) that Mark is referring to. Sounds like it might have been a one off snow condition. Mark L have you had this issue again???