Dynafit ski binding review
Dynafit TLT Vertical ST bindings
Mounted on Atomic Coax 183cm. Boot used = Garmont Megaride.
Reviewer = Miles Clark
I’ve been looking at Dynafit bindings and scratching my head since about 2002. “There’s no way those little pinchers are gonna hold me in.” And that was my stance on Dynafit for years. Recently, I’ve seen some sick skiing by some awesome skiers on these bizarre little things. So I got a pair.
The only trip I’ve used Dynafit bindings on was a trip to the Denali National Park in Alaska to ski the Ruth Gorge last May. I’d grown accustomed to the weight of Dukes, Fritchis, or Trekkers and alpine boots. On the Ruth trip I had my smaller skis, AT boots, and the Dynafits and I felt like Superman. I was literally twice as fast as normal. We skied some rowdy lines out there and the Dynafits proved strong enough to take it all.
One major advantage I found was while skinning side-hill. The Dynafit’s metal toe-piece doesn’t give or allow lateral bending of the ski when side-hilling. This gives the skier a much more solid purchase in the snow when skinning sidehill than any other AT binding I’ve experienced.
The Dynafit binding is easy to use and adjust. To get into ’em you simply step into the pinchers on toe of the binding, pull up the toe lever twice for a DIN of 12, or pull up on lever to the third setting and they are completely locked (this is great for no-fall-zones). The heel easily locks into place when stepped into. The heel also has three height adjustments for climbing that are efficient and easy to operate.
I got 20 runs in on my Dynafits in the Ruth Gorge, the bindings performed great, and they allowed me to get more laps than on a heavier set up. I am now a huge Dynafit fan and will always have a pair of skis dedicated to ’em.
The only drawback I can think of for Dynafit is that not all boots are Dynafit compatible (Boots must have Dynafit compatible toe and heel pieces to work with Dynafit bindings). But, this is becoming less and less of a problem every year as more and more boots are being produced with Dynafit components.