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Tour more efficiently, break trail easier, and charge harder.
- Steel toe plates are almost 3cm longer than the original Switchaback to provide more contact with your boot and better energy transfer for steep lines
- Separate tour and ski mode enables you to tour with zero heel resistance and then then switch back into ski mode to rip the descent
- Redesigned cartridge springs increase stiffness by 25-percent over the original Switchback
- Enclosed design helps eliminate ice build-up
- Dual-height heel elevators help conserve energy on the up-track by delivering either 65- or 100mm of rise
- Note: not compatible with the Voile Release Kit
- Item #VOL0112
- Q & A
Voile makes great products
Really like the dual-height heel elevators and stiffer springs. Only 3 lbs 3.2 oz per pair.
Voilé Switchback X2 Telemark Binding
They have Pops Approval
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I got these for my dad as a birthday gift, and with that I won some serious good-daughter points. He mounted them up on a pair of 191 Voile Chargers and he is one happy Dad. He uses them for backcountry, and loves the free pivot. Says that it's super easy to get up the hill, he won't ever go back to something without the free pivot function. Not only does he take them out on serious tours in the Wasatch, he also rallies the resorts with them. He's in a pretty big ski, and says that the energy transfer is top notch. Overall, it sounds like these are a mega win, two thumbs up!
Touring lever broke after one flip
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Didn't get a chance to ski it. I received the binding and was checking out the slick operation of the touring lever and switched it back to ski mode with a loud pop and then nothing. The lever moves back and forth, but the binding is locked in ski mode and the internals are rattling around. I was hoping for more, but this has shaken my confidence. I'll opt for exposed simplicity and ski the AXL.
Voile Switchback X2 is a good compromise
I think this binding is a great compromise for those who want a touch more power but aren't willing to haul the admittedly amazing 22 Designs products around in the backcountry. I can't see much argument for using anything but a Hammerhead if you're a resort-only type, but to each their own and I love seeing the old schoolers getting low with infinitely better technique than me. For those who want to tour and resort, I love this binding. I have the regular switchbacks and these are a subtle improvement (not going to change your world but I can feel a bit more power for sure). I'm currently skiing this binder on a 181 K2 Anti Piste (basically the current Coomback). No complaints at all.
Good so far
I replaced my Hammerheads with these. They aren't really as powerful, but I end up using better technique because of that. When you start to drop your knee, they're like a Hammerhead in position two. When your heel gets all the way down, its more like position four. All this means is that I drop my knee less in powder and more on groomers, and it all works out great. They seem to engage the bellows on my boot even more than Hammerheads, but they don't seem as stiff. My bellows actually bottom out with these if I drop low enough (which is to say too low). That only happened on my Hammerheads when they were in position 4 or 5, but its not a big deal unless you touch your knees to your topsheets a lot. Touring is way better, they don't weigh any more, they seem pretty durable, and they look cool.
Whatis the smallest size boot these bindings work with? I wear a size 23 Scarpa women's boot. What is the difference between the short that comes with this set up and the "women's bc set up"?
the women's BC setup has a narrower geometry heel piece. I purchased them for my son's tele boots (mondo 21.5) and they were too narrow.. I would recommend the short rod setup. FYI after i purchased the women BC setup, and they didn't work i emailed voile directly... their tech staff is awesome, if you give them the dimensions of the boot they will tell you exactly which way to go
Are you getting more of these in stock. ...
Are you getting more of these in stock. Do I need the x2? I weigh 160 and will mounting them to ski logic pitons for my backcountry ski. I do ski aggressively and just tore off and bent the o1.
Since the Piton isn't that wide of a ski, the X2 should run them no problem. Voile builds a terrific binding, and backs it up with an excellent warranty. I would choose the X2 over the 01 any day. For skis over 110 underfoot, though, I'd choose nothing but the 22 Designs Axl, especially if you like to charge hard and jump off of things.
Why cant the switchback x2s mount up on a ski wider than 110 underfoot?
They can, they just aren't as powerful as a burlier binding for driving a fatter ski.