10 OF THE BEST SKI BINDINGS
Salomon Warden MNC 13 Ski Bindings 2016
Advanced skiers will appreciate the power that’s offered by the Salomon Warden MNC 13 Ski Bindings 2016 ($280), combining the benefits of traditional downhill with a touring boot sole. With a pad that absorbs extra vibrations beneath the binding platform, there’s additional power transfer to wide skis for those runs that run deep and steep! With a maximum DIN setting of 13, the suggested weight of skiers is from 41kg to 124kg. Automatic adjustment, precise steering courtesy of the power toe and an anti-friction system for safe release are just some of the technical features that set these bindings ahead of the pack.
Black Diamond O1 Telemark Ski Binding
The Black Diamond O1 Telemark Ski Binding ($225) provide the option to toggle between touring and ski modes through a toe piece button while variable stiffness options allow you to select the right tension for your style. With a smooth and consistent performance, there’s a one piece toe mount made from stainless steel and a heel with a solid wire yoke to make sure your foot stays in position. Award winning and acclaimed throughout the industry; the product is supplied complete with climbing wires and bindings.
Voile Switchback Binding
Telemark bindings that offer security but minimal resistance, the Voile Switchback Binding ($298) allows easy switching between uphill and downhill modes with just the flick of a ski pole. It also has the added benefit of dual height heel elevators (65mm and 100mm) and a riser height of 25mm. The toe plate is a wraparound style made from stainless steel while the overall design is enclosed to minimise the build-up of ice. With a moderate flex to the tension and light weight (just 1362g), you won’t feel like you’re dragging two boots made of concrete as you glide through the trails.
Rossignol Axial3 120 Ski Bindings Black/White Mens
A design from one of the most esteemed manufacturers in the field, the Rossignol Axial3 120 Ski Bindings Black/White Men’s ($140) is a high-performance model designed for alpine skiing. With a super strong power transmission and an immense coupling strength, skiing on these bindings offers the ultimate in control and drive. An improved shock absorption panel combined with an upright skiing position and a lighter weight means that all skiers will benefit from less fatigue and a more upright stance. Suitable for freeride, freestyle and all-mountain skiers of all abilities, Rossignol have created another sterling product.
Marker Jester Ski Bindings 2015
The upgrade to the Griffon model, the Marker Jester Ski Bindings ’15 ($379) is the choice of freeskiers and freestylers who demand superior performance. The bindings offer an enhanced performance without any greater weight thanks to the magnesium components while a centralised swing weight makes tight turns simple. A DIN setting of 6-16 allows the bindings to be used by skiers of a great range of weights while reducing the likelihood of unwanted pre-release. A dual screw brake pad and inter-pivot step the heel make the bindings easy to use without compromising on quality.