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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Rethinking tech Bindings?

The most difficult lines I have skied have all been in lwt "race level" Tech bindings.    The story linked below isn't the first time I have heard of a major failure on a tech binding toe while in use.    

Y'all be careful out there!

"How a Close Call in La Grave Changed My Thoughts About Bindings" 

Gear failure is part of the risk we accept as skiers—so how do we stay safe?


Anonymous said...

I don't see the logic step from "my binding broke" to "it must be a problem with tech bindings". Anything can break.

Jon Miller said...

Welcome back Dane! Hope all Is well in your world my friend.

Anonymous said...

She should've used Rottefella NTN Freerides. No, really. They work for both styles and are bulletproof (except early models from 16 years ago). They give lots of edge control. They're movable between different skis and adjustable. Weight penalty is there. Never I saw or heard them PRE-release; they do release only when it's really needed.

brian p. harder said...

Shit, Dane. Are we really "re-thinking" them? Obviously, Erin is but it's a reactionary position that is not rooted in common sense. Some of these events are inevitable and the more times one looks down the barrel of the shot gun, the greater the possibility of being shot in the face. Of course, it's easy for me to judge, having not been through her experience. But many of us have had other near-death episodes of one sort or another. Sometimes we change our behavior, sometimes we don't. But I'm unlikely to cast my tech bindings into the bin because of rare durability issues. On the other hand, each skier is free to choose their poison.

Dane said...

Hey Brian, Been a while! An a little late on the answer. The story reminded me of your's and the broken binding. But no, I am not rethinking the tech bindings for my own use. You more than most anyone I know has taken race tech bindings to places they weren't designed for I suspect. A lot of us using tech bindings and even lighter race bindings with heavier ski boots, bigger skis and steep terrain where a fall could have serious implications. I distinctly remember skiing some steep ice where a fall was not an option and looking down at my heel piece already half turned on my ski. I had enough miles on the binding to think "I'll be OK". But also obvious the technology on that pair of bindings had been "out skied" at that point. Pucker factor just seeing the turned heel wasn't all that heart-warming either. I kept the toes and added a Plum heel. Problem solved with some additional heel spring tension but also pretty much a "non-release binding" at that point. Good for me, may be not good for the next guy. I hope I know the chances I take in my own gear and use. But suggesting others do the same with less knowledge or experience using the gear could get them into trouble.